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Chicken Mushroom Casserole

Chicken Mushroom Casserole

Chef Cynthia Graubart makes a mouth-watering casserole from her cookbook, "Sunday Suppers: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings."
Ingredients
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 6 skinned and boned chicken breasts
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup sherry
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (6-ounce) package long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup sliced toasted almonds

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add half of chicken, and cook 3 minutes or until browned; turn and cook 1 minute. Transfer to a plate. (Chicken will not be cooked completely.) Repeat procedure with 1 tablespoon butter and remaining chicken. Wipe skillet clean.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, and sauté 3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sherry, and cook, stirring often, 1 minute.

3. Melt remaining 1⁄4 cup butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and add rice (reserve flavor packet for another use), next 5 ingredients, and shallot mixture. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with chicken.

4. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°F. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds.

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