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Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole

Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on time 1 hr
Total time 1 hr, 40 mins
Yield

Makes 6 servings

Let this dish stand a few minutes after baking so the rice will absorb the liquid, yielding a creamy texture.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 6 skinned and boned chicken breasts
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (6-oz.) package long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • Garnish: fresh sage leaves

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add half of chicken, and cook 3 minutes or until browned; turn and cook 1 minute. Transfer to a plate. (Chicken will not be cooked completely.) Repeat procedure with 1 Tbsp. butter and remaining chicken. Wipe skillet clean.

  2. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, and sauté 3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sherry, and cook, stirring often, 1 minute.

  3. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and add rice (reserve flavor packet for another use), next 5 ingredients, and shallot mixture. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish or disposable foil pan. Top with chicken.

  4. Bake at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds.