When I was in the third grade, I was friends with a gal named Katie whose mother was the most amazing cook in the whole wide world. She packed amazing things for Katie’s lunch each day (think: cored apples stuffed full of oooey gooey peanut butter), always had a batch of cookies in the oven after school, served fresh corn bread with dinner, and made the most delicious chicken casserole I’ve ever eaten in my entire life.
Sadly, we moved at the end of the school year, and Katie and I lost contact with one another, but every time I eat chicken casserole I always think of her.
Of course, none of the casseroles I’ve tasted over the years have come close to what Katie’s mom used to serve, but this chicken casserole recipe I found in my mother’s collection a couple of years ago is a close second.
This dish is one of my favorites during the winter months as I can prepare it ahead of time, and we typically have leftovers for lunches the following day. My daughter particularly loves it because it’s topped with Corn Flakes, and it’s one of my go-to recipes when we’re craving comfort food, especially since I can hide different vegetables in it!
- 5 lb chicken
- 2-3 sliced onions
- 1 cubed carrot
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sprigs parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ½ cup cream
- ½ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- ½ lb sliced almonds
- 1 can mushrooms, drained
- Corn Flake crumbs
- Add chicken, salt, onion, carrots, bay leaf, and parsley to large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil
- Simmer 1½ to 2 hours until meat falls off the bones
- Remove chicken, discard vegetables, strain liquid
- In a large saucepan, melt butter, blend in flour, and cook 3-4 minutes on low heat
- Blend in cream, milk, sherry, and 1 cup leftover chicken broth
- Season cream sauce to taste, stir in chicken, almonds, and mushrooms
- Add mixture to shallow casserole dish and top with Corn Flake crumbs
- Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes
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