Thursday, December 22, 2011

Great Side Dish for Christmas

Alright friends this isn't Cajun or Creole, but I love it and you can serve it with your Christmas Dinner along with your turkey or ham. You can even use it with your leftover turkey afterwards. I is savory and creamy, if you are having it with turkey you can omit the meat from it. Here is my simple Chicken with Rice Casserole.

1 cup shredded cooked chicken (or turkey) breast
1 ½ cup water
1 ½ cup rice (uncooked)
2 10 oz. cans Cream of Chicken Soup
¼ cup diced onions
¼ cup diced celery
¼ cup diced fresh mushrooms
2 tbs diced green onions
½ stick butter or margarine
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp Tony Cachere's
1 tsp dried sage flakes
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp dried garlic flakes
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

In an oven-proof pot with a lid, melt butter and saute the onions, mushrooms, celery, and green onions on MED/HI until onions soften. Add all spices and shredded chicken. stir and saute all together. Add the water and bring to a boil for 5 mins., add the rice and stir well to distribute to keep from lumping.

Cook for 5 mins. and then add the cans of soup. Slide off the stove eye and stir extremely well, making sure the soup and rice are thoroughly mixed. Cover with the lid and place in a pre-heated 300º oven for 1 hour. Let cool slightly before serving.

Stay tuned for my Great Turkey Leftover Soup!


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