Sunday, January 27, 2019

GRANDMA'S CHICKEN CASSEROLE





GRANDMA’S CHICKEN CASSEROLE

A recipe that dates back to my husband’s childhood.  He really appreciated the memories when I made this casserole for him, with my twist on it to make it lower in carbohydrates.  This recipe belonged to Kay Eloff, my dear mother-in-law.

5 cups diced, cooked chicken (1.25 L)
1 cup soft breadcrumbs (low-carb)* - see Helpful Hints below (250 mL)
2 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
1 cup chopped onion (250 mL)
1 red bell pepper, chopped, OR
  1 cup diced celery (250 mL)
4 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp minced parsley, OR (30 mL)
  2 tsp dried parsley (10 mL)
1/2 tsp salt** (2 mL)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL)
2 cups chicken stock** (500 mL)
Crispy Topping:
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese (125 mL)
1/3 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR (75 mL)
  ground almonds and 1 tbsp (15 mL) coconut flour instead
2 tbsp butter, melted (30 mL)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

In large bowl, combine chicken, breadcrumbs and celery (if using).

In skillet in olive oil, cook onion until turning soft.  Add bell pepper (if using), and cook until tender-crisp.  Add to bowl with chicken.  Spread in 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish. 

In medium bowl, beat eggs and stir in parsley, salt and black pepper.  Stir in chicken stock.  Pour this mixture over the chicken casserole.  Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until casserole has set. Bake the Crispy Topping alongside the casserole dish in the pie dish  The topping may be ready after 20 to 25 minutes; check!  The topping should be browned but not overly.  It will crisp up further as it cools.  When the casserole comes out of the oven, sprinkle with the Crispy Topping and serve.

Crispy Topping:  In small bowl, combine Cheddar, OR Mozzarella cheese, Gluten-Free Bake Mix  2 (OR alternative),  and melted butter.  Sprinkle in pie dish.
  
Helpful Hints:  *You may use any low-carb bread (or my Jiffy Plain Bread), microwave low-carb bread or savory muffin that comes to about 2 to 5 grams of carbs for 1 slice.  Typically 2 slices of low-carb bread should yield about 1 cup (250 mL) soft breadcrumbs.

**If using commercial chicken stock, this amount of salt will be fine, but if using homemade chicken stock, you may need to increase the salt to 1 tsp (5 mL).  Commercial chicken stock is no doubt very salty-tasting. *To make homemade chicken stock, place rotisserie chicken carcass in slow-cooker.  Add water to cover.  Add 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, 1 tsp parsley (1 mL), 1/2  tsp (2 mL) thyme (optional) and 1/tsp (2 mL) black pepper.  Place slow-cooker on low and cook overnight.  Strain and either refrigerate or freeze the chicken stock in an airtight container.  This chicken stock makes a wonderful base for soups and gravies.

Yield:  9 servings
1 serving
300.9 calories
31.1 g protein
16.2 g fat
0.6 g fiber
4.5 g net carbs

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