Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
This is from one of my favorite OAMC cookbooks. Enjoy!
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
- 1⁄2 cup sliced scallion
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup soda cracker crumbs
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 3 lbs)
- 1 cup cooked cubed ham
- In a small saucepan, cook spinach according to package directions; drain well.
- In a medium sauce pan, make a white sauce; saute scallions in the margarine over low heat until tender. Stir in flour, adding milk all at once. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until bubbly. Boil and stir 1 minute more until smooth and thickened.
- Combine cracker crumbs and cheese. Dip chicken breast halves in crumb mixture to coat lightly. Arrange breast halves in a 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Seal leftover crumb mixture in a 1 qt bag (I save some to the side instead).
- Stir spinach and ham into white sauce, spoon sauce over chicken breasts. Allow to cool and cover baking dish with foil, attaching bag of crumb mixture to side of dish. Freeze until needed.
- To prepare for serving, thaw dish and bake covered in a preheated 350 oven for 60-75 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle top with crumb mixture. Bake for 10 minutes more.
This chicken was just alright to us. I do admit that I always end up making adjustments to the recipe. I couldn't find soda crackers so I used water crackers (garlic and herb flavored) and used fresh spinach. My white sauce was very thick and not really a sauce, more like a glob on top of the chicken. Then once cooked, there wasn't a sauce there, just watery liquid. The chicken did have good flavor from the crackers, but was kind of soggy. I probably won't make this again, sorry. With all the rave reviews, I think it may have been something I screwed up along the way...
Very yummy. I did not freeze this, just cooked it tonight. Instead of a white sauce I used 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, and I used a shallot in place of the scallion. Otherwise I made as directed. The adults liked it as is, and the kids gobbled up the chicken (with the crumbs and sauce scraped off). I will definitely be making this again, thanks for a super dish.
This is going to be at least once a month from now at our house! And I feel the need to have a big pan of this in the freezer, just in case. :) It was super easy. I didn't bother to cook the spinach (since I didn't use a "brick" of spinach), just added it frozen to the the white sauce. My chicken breasts were also frozen, so the cracker mixture didn't stick to it. I just piled it on the chicken, ladles the sauce on top, and topped it with the rest of the crumbs. Easy, delicious, magnificent recipe. DD asked me this morning if she had leftovers in her lunch, and looked sooooo sad when I told her no. LOL! Thank you so much for posting!