Monday, November 5, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Pinned it, Made it: Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Casserole
I pinned this a while ago just in case a miracle happened and my husband decided he didn't hate broccoli anymore.  I never thought I would get to make this.  He HATES broccoli.  But he wasn't home when I was making the meal calendar and so I put it on there hoping if I didn't mention the special ingredient that he wouldn't complain.  

I found this recipe on Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour.  I love that blog!  You should check it out.  She's got lots of yummy, yummy recipes and everything I've made from it has turned out just like the picture.  

Now, let's all understand that I'm aware that this is probably not healthy.  I would love to say that I'm a great healthy cooker and everything I make is good and good for you.  But really, when I pick something I look for 3 things, easy, 30 minutes or less, and left overs.  (Remember, we like to make left overs so Chris can have a hot meal on nights when he works late.)  And casseroles generally fit the bill.  

Alright, I encourage you to go look at Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour but just in case you don't want to follow the link I'm going to copy and paste the recipe here.

3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of mayo
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup colby & monterrey jack cheese
1 bag frozen broccoli,thawed and chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together, transfer into lightly greased 2 qt casserole dish, bake at 375 for 30 minutes and serve over rice.

So let's discuss. This was AWESOME!!!!! We loved it!  Chris even said, "this is REALLY good!".  Cody was shoving it into his mouth by the hand full.  And Sarah picked at it, but eventually let me help fork some into her mouth.  And well, it had chicken, cheese, and broccoli so I love it.

The Pros:
* Easy ingredients that I usually have on hand at home.
* Quick to throw together and only bakes for 30 minutes.
* Easy week day meal PLUS could totally be put into a ziplock bag to freeze and then bake later.
* Assemble during nap time makes dinner even easier.
* Broccoli is in there and the 3 broccoli haters in my house still liked it.
* Very filling!  I should have cut my portion in half but it was so yummy that I ate it all anyway.

The Cons:
* Sarah ate it but she wasn't thrilled about it.  I'm worried that day 2 she might not eat it at all.

The Changes I made/would make:
* She used frozen broccoli and chopped it herself.  I used a brick of chopped frozen broccoli.  Much easier.  She mentions doing it that way as well.  
* I did use the 2 different kinds of cheese this time, but only because I had them.  Next time I'll just dump a 2 cup bag of "casserole" cheese blend in.  
* Chris thinks it needs one more chicken breast.  But I think he always thinks everything needs more meat added.

So Would I Make It Again:
Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  I plan on putting this one on an index card and working it into the rotation.  

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