Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chicken Dinner Layered Casserole

 4 layers of comfort-First, buttery mashed potatoes followed by bread stuffing then on top of that, tender pieces of cooked chicken followed by a drizzle of savory chicken gravy. Great meal to take over to a sick friend or a new Mother. I like to save time by buying a roasted chicken, quick-cooking stuffing and jar gravy.  I do make my own mashed potatoes but in a pinch you can buy ready-made potato mash at your local deli or buy the instant-(I don't care for the taste of the instant-your call). Serve with a vegetable side and dinner rolls. Serves 6-8

5 large baking potatoes (I like to use these because the larger size is easier to peel and you don't have to peel as many!)
1 stick of butter, cut into slices
heavy cream 
chicken stock
kosher salt & freshly cracked black pepper
1 large canister of 'Stove Top Stuffing'-chicken flavor, entire box makes 8 servings.
Roasted chicken, meat removed and tear into medium pieces; also reserve any juices that remain in the bag or carton,-it's liquid gold!
2-3 jars of chicken gravy-use one can to bake and 1-2 extra to serve with. (I prefer the glass jar gravy, I think it tastes better then the canned).
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel and cut potatoes into about 1 1/2 inch cubes, place in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover about 3 inches over potatoes. Add a little salt and boil til potatoes are tender, drain potatoes and place back in pot, off of heat. 
  • Mash the potatoes with the butter. Add a little at a time, the heavy cream and chicken stock until you have reached your desired creaminess. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  • In a medium pot, cook the entire box of 'Stove Top Stuffing' following the directions for 8 servings.
  • Non-stick spray or butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Layer the dish with the mashed potaoes, smooth evenly. Next with a fork fluff the stuffing and then spread out on top of the potatoes. 
  • Place chicken pieces on top of stuffing and then pour any remaining juices that came with the roast chicken over the top of the chicken pieces and then add 1 jar of gravy evenly over the top.
  • Tent the top with foil, so it doesn't stick to the top. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until heated through, then remove foil and cook for 10 more minutes. Serve with warmed extra gravy.  

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