Reminiscient of traditional cornbread dressing, this casserole variation includes chicken. Pick up a deli-roasted bird if you don't have 3 1/2 cups of chopped chicken on hand. It yields just enough meat for this recipe.
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups packed crumbled cornbread
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
3 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 (4.5-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Sauté celery and onion in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender; set aside.
Combine cornbread and poultry seasoning in a large bowl.
Layer half of cornbread mixture on bottom of a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
Combine onion mixture, chicken, and next 6 ingredients in a bowl. Spoon mixture evenly over top of cornbread mixture in dish. Top evenly with remaining half of cornbread mixture, and drizzle with butter.
Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven, and top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10 more minutes or until cheese is golden. Garnish, if desired.
Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Cookbook; Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House, Lynchburg, Tennessee
I made this last night. The cornbread topping was way too dry, will increase melted butter and incorporate it into the topping next time, the other tips here will be used too.
Good flavor, just too dry.
This as such a great comfort food casserole and super easy for me to put together since I aleady had the leftover corn muffins and chicken. I omitted the canned mushrooms though because I was not in the mood for them and I added some fresh green onions. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. It was a little dry but I liked it like that. The bottom layer gets nice and moist, while the top gets a little crispy. I am going to share this with my grandma to have for her weekly dinner get togethers with friends. I think she will love it.
Must add extra chicken broth and/or a can of cream of chicken or cream of celery soup. Had rave reviews when it was made it that way. My friend didn't, and it was way too dry. Good with cranberry sauce.
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