Chicken, Spinach, and Noodle Casserole! Bake and serve your protein, starch and veggie in one big dish, then gather your family to the table for this tasty meal!
What I like best about this casserole is it’s quick to make and the sauce is all homemade! No cans of cream of X, Y or Z to open, which are commonly used in casserole dishes. Not that there is anything wrong with the convenience of using prepared condensed soups! I use plenty of cans of beans and tomatoes in my dishes, and lots of other items that helps cut down the time it takes to put together a meal! I just have limited space in my pantry, so I don’t usually stock creamy soups.
I also really-really dislike opening cans!! Thankfully, my sous-chef doesn’t mind the task (thank you hubby!).
Bottom line, if you have plenty of milk in the house, and a basic stocked kitchen, it is very simple to make your own creamy sauce.
There is really no BIG secret to making the sauce for a casserole, you bind your main ingredients with a roux; whisking real milk, butter and flour together. I add sour cream or Greek yogurt after the milk thickens, then finish it off with some spices. It only takes about 5 minutes of cooking time, which is probably quicker than, opening (ugh!) a can of condensed soup, rinsing the can, and putting it in the recycling bin!
When your sauce is ready, you combine all the ingredients together, pop your casserole in the oven for a quick 10 minutes, and dinner is served!
I have also made this casserole with broccoli in place of the spinach, but I prefer spinach because precooking isn’t necessary. The heat of the sauce steams your greens perfectly!
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups milk
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (or Sour Cream)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 12 ounces egg noodles
- ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 3 chicken breasts, cooked diced (about 2 cups)
- 5 ounces baby spinach, chopped
The casserole in the photos are with whole wheat noodles and whole wheat panko breadcrumbs.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 413mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g
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