A great use for leftover chicken or turkey. Uses no Cream of Whatever soup. A creamy wonderful one dish meal of chicken, rice 'n peas, topped off with a mixture of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and baked until golden brown.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat, whisk in flour and thyme and cook for 1 minute.
- Gradually stir in broth and milk, stirring until thick and smooth.
- Stir in chicken and add salt and pepper; set aside.
- Grease a 1 1/2 quart shallow baking dish.
- Spread rice in prepared baking dish, sprinkle with the peas and then pour creamed chicken mixture over.
- Dot with remaining tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs and cheese which you mix together.
- Bake at 400° until hot and bubbly, about 20 to 25 minutes.
On flavor, this got 5 stars. Loved it. Substituted poultry seasoning for thyme but kept everything else the same. Cooking it gets 4 - The rice on the bottom of the casserole dried out and got crunchy which received complaints... next time, I would make more sauce and mix said sauce into the rice to keep it moist.
Great comfort food recipe, my entire family of 5 loved it! I used a multi-grain brown rice/wild rice mixture (not quick or instant rice) and poached my chicken which was seasoned well with salt, pepper & adobo in with the rice while it was cooking to save time. I put a bit of cream sauce on the bottom of the pan before adding the rice, next time I may try adding sauteed mushrooms in addition to the peas. For the topping I mixed ~1/2-2/3 c. panko bread crumbs with 1 1/2 T. parmesan and melted butter (my family likes crunchy buttery goodness a lot).
I made this recipe with a few modifications and all I can say is WOW!
I made more roux than called for and wound up using 1 cup of broth and 1 cup on milk. I used only Old Bay as a seasoning along with salt & pepper. I poured 1/2 cup broth on the rice before adding the chicken mixture and used Panko breadcrumbs on top along with fair amount of finely grated Parmesan cheese.
The dish turned out to be one of the finest tasting recipes of all time!
BTW, I am a male,75 and really enjoy cooking & eating.