This recipe makes two casseroles. Keep one, and give the other to a friend, along with baking instructions.
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (12-ounce) jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
4 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 1 large rotisserie chicken)
1 (16-ounce) jar roasted garlic Alfredo sauce (we tested with Classico)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Italian cheese blend
How to Make It
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan; gradually whisk in cornmeal. Cook 4 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan cheese. Spoon polenta evenly into 2 (8") square disposable ovenproof pans (see Note below). Cool 10 minutes.
Sprinkle artichoke hearts, peppers, and chicken evenly over polenta. Pour Alfredo sauce over chicken in both pans. Sprinkle with basil; top with Italian cheese blend. Cover and chill until ready to bake.
Before baking, place pan on center of a baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes or until casserole is thoroughly heated.
Note: We tested with Glad OvenWare disposable pans. Clip and save instructions from back or bottom panel, and share these instructions when gift giving.
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I wasn't expecting the polenta to be creamy, thought it be a set layer in the casserole. I tried to lighten it by eliminating the addition of butter and only adding 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese in the polenta; not sure if that affected the consistency or not. The taste was okay, not sure I'd make it again, I'll see what leftovers are like.
I love this recipe and everyone that I have served it to has raved about it. It's quick and easy, especially if you use precooked chicken. I usually pan grill chicken tenders and dice them, but that's my preference. I have found that I like to add an extra 1/2 cup of corn meal to make the polenta a little thicker.
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