With the preparations for Thanksgiving just two days away, you may be thinking of ways to get rid of the leftovers you’ll have after Thursday. You also may be thinking of an easier alternative to preparing a turkey and dressing, especially if you have a small gathering for the holiday. Some families prefer to have chicken instead of turkey, too.
If you’re dealing with either leftover turkey or going to be preparing a holiday meal for a smaller number of guests, here’s your answer! “Chicken and Dressing Casserole” gives you both the poultry and the dressing we think of at Thanksgiving. It’s not a hard dish to make and will enable you to have chicken or turkey, along with dressing in an all-in-one casserole. This is also economical to make, since we’re using chicken and other ingredients that you may already have on hand.
Naturally, turkey is our Thanksgiving meat, but here, we use chicken. I knew of a small family that served chicken as their Thanksgiving meat since a big turkey was entirely too much for a family this small. But even though chicken is used, it’ll remind you of Thanksgiving! You cook the chicken and reserve the broth. Melted butter is combined with herb stuffing fix and placed in a baking dish. The chicken is diced and goes over the top. Part of the broth is combined with cream of mushroom soup and goes over that. The cream of chicken soup is combined with more of the chicken broth and placed over that. More herb stuffing is placed on top of it. It’s now ready to bake. In just 35 minutes, you’ll have the next best thing to Thanksgiving turkey and dressing, which is done quickly and easily!
If you would like to make a simple meal with this dish, serve it with some cranberry sauce, coleslaw and a hot bread. For a good dessert, how about a “Pineapple Pie”? This is a recipe I gave a while back, and to get it, follow this link:
Make the Thanksgiving dinner or leftovers prove useful in this easy recipe!
CHICKEN (OR TURKEY) AND DRESSING CASSEROLE
1 stick butter
1 medium bag herb stuffing mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups chicken or turkey broth
4 large chicken breasts or 1 whole chicken, cooked and boned or 4 cups leftover turkey
In a shallow 9×13 inch baking dish, melt the butter and sprinkle half of the stuffing over it. Combine mushroom soup and 1 cup of the broth and pour over the stuffing. Break chicken into bite-sized pieces and place on top. Combine the chicken soup with the remaining cup of the broth and pour over the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining stuffing mix over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.