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Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole

LHughes_CreamySpinachandChickenCasserole

Submitted By: Liz Hughes

Essentially this recipe takes one of my favorite side dishes, creamed spinach, and turns it into a wonderful and hearty entrée. Chunks of chicken and hunks of French bread, toasted up golden brown, tie this dish together. Plus it’s super simple for a weeknight meal. A great shortcut is picking up a rotisserie chicken at the market instead of cooking your own. Or if you have leftover chicken in the fridge, this is a great way to dress it up and reuse.

Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole

Makes 1 casserole
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups torn French bread
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine bread with olive oil and kosher salt.
  2. In a medium pot heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium high heat. Add spinach and cook stirring, until wilted about 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander, let cool and squeeze out any extra moisture. Coarsley chop.
  3. Wipe pot clean and heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally until onions are soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in nutmeg.
  4. Add wine to pot and cook until almost evaporated about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook for thirty seconds while stirring. Gradually add in half and half. Add lemon juice and bring mixture to a boil over high.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish and top with bread pieces. Bake until bread is golden brown and mixture is bubbling. About 8 to 10 minutes.

 

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