A couple of weeks ago, I asked a couple of the moms of my soccer players if they had any good recipe ideas, because I sometimes get in a rut when it comes to cooking. One of the moms (I asked moms, because usually it is moms who bring the girls to practice) gave me this one, and we tried it this week.
1 Roasted Chicken - de-boned and chopped (or 4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed)
4 1/2 cups of cooked rice (use your favorite)
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup (I used 2 cans of Cream of Broccoli)
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 10 oz. box of frozen spinach (THAWED AND DRAINED THOROUGHLY)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped Scallions
6 slices of bacon (I used a jar of bacon bits)
8 oz. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (use a sharper cheese if you wish)
Heat oven to 350.
Chop or dice chicken, set aside
Cook bacon until crisp, crumble & set aside
Cook rice until done (use bullion to flavor your rice if so inclined), set aside
In a pan, combine cream cheese and soup. Heat gently, until cream cheese melts.
Combine soup mixture, rice, scallions, chicken, and (defrosted and DRAINED) spinach, and half of the Monterrey Jack.
Salt & pepper to taste (I added a teaspoon of chili pepper paste, and a teaspoon of garlic paste).
Use bacon grease to coat casserole (I used Olive Oil Pam).
Turn into casserole and bake, covered, for 90 minutes or until heated through.
Remove cover, sprinkle with remaining cheese and crumbled bacon.
Bake, uncovered for 20-30 minutes, until cheese topping is melted.
As I said, I tried this recipe and it was REALLY good. Now, as you can see, this isn't really a recipe for those that are counting calories or cutting carbs... this is straight comfort food folks.
A few notes:
Many of these items can be prepared early, and for the sake of convenience, I used a pre-roasted chicken from the local supermarket.
I used two cans of soup, because I thought the casserole might be too dry... it worked well without making it soupy.
The chili pepper paste was a winner, but didn't make the casserole hot or spicy (or else soccer girl wouldn't have eaten it!)
Be sure to fully drain (I squeezed the water out) the spinach.
I am here to tell you that the folks at Casa Gunfighter enjoyed this dish on Wednesday, and had it again last night. It's a keeper. Soccer girl actually asked me to promise to make it again next week. That's high praise.
If you try it, please tell me your results.