Make a classic comfort food recipe with this chicken casserole. This family-friendly dish takes less than an hour and provides a filling one-dish meal.
1 1/2 (8-oz.) packages vermicelli
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 cups diced cooked chicken
1 (6-oz.) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
3/4 cup slivered almonds
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a Dutch oven over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in milk and wine; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Whisk in bouillon granules, seasoned pepper, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
Remove from heat; stir in diced cooked chicken, sliced mushrooms, and hot cooked pasta.
Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with slivered almonds and remaining 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
Great recipe - I use an 8-oz package of fresh mushrooms, sliced, and either some thinly sliced red bell pepper or a 4-oz jar of sliced pimentoes, drained, which I saute briefly in the butter before making the sauce. For anyone who thinks this recipe is bland, the quality of flavor depends highly on the quality of the Parmesan used in it. Older, drier Parmesans add a rich, nutty flavor which really carries the dish
I agree that my husband and I both would be happy to eat this for a week straight, it is amazing and so easy to make too! This is one of my new favorite meals and I would definitely make it proudly for company!
A truly delightful dish, though I have to admit, I ended up blending it with the "your way" to make a really amazing dish (mornay sauce from this one, mushrooms and pancetta from the other). If you want to see that variation, it's here (http://southernlivingsavedmylife.blogspot.com/2010/09/chicken-tetrazzini.html), but this exactly as is is also fantastic.
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