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College Chicken Casserole

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cathy Muir
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
  • 6 chicken breast halves (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 4 chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix
  • 3 tablespoons light butter, melted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 425
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 14.3 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 4.6 g
  • polyfat 2.7 g
  • protein 54.2 g
  • carbohydrate 19.2 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 158 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 572 mg
  • calcium 108 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Add chicken; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon; bring broth mixture to a boil. Cook until reduced to 4 cups (about 30 minutes). Pour reduced broth mixture into a zip-top plastic bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag; drain 2 cups broth mixture into a 2-cup glass measure, stopping before the fat layer reaches the opening. Reserve remaining broth mixture for another use. Discard fat.

  2. Remove chicken from skin and bones; shred with 2 forks to measure 4 1/2 cups meat. Place chicken in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°.

  4. Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Place flour in skillet; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add 2 cups broth mixture; cook over medium heat 12 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in mushrooms, salt, and pepper; pour over chicken.

  5. Combine the stuffing mix and butter in a bowl, and sprinkle over the mushroom mixture. Cover and bake casserole at 400° for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook casserole 10 minutes or until bubbly.