Here, we love pasta gratins of all kinds, with a little weakness for the American version of mac and cheese, very rich in cheese and very creamy. The version I’m offering today is just as delicious. It is known as chicken casserole. This is a pasta gratin enriched with cold chicken. It is a very classic recipe in the USA, as it is prepared with a Campbell’s soup base. The recipe was also on these cans of soup.
I discovered this recipe while watching the Netflix series “The woman who lived opposite the girl in the window”. It’s a very enjoyable series to watch, and I recommend it. Throughout the series, we see the recipe I’m talking about today. And of course the famous corning ware vintage cocotte which is absolutely irresistible. Too bad it breaks so often.
For the record, I stumbled upon a relatively similar casserole while hunting for dishes. I took that as a sign, so I couldn’t resist buying it to make the recipe.
Of course, there is no ready-made soup in my version. I prepared a small sauce based on chicken broth. And frankly, it’s almost as easy as opening a box. The rest of the recipe is child’s play. Just add pre-cooked pasta, cold chicken, peas and cheddar. A little breadcrumbs, and in the oven!
The result is delicious. It’s creamy to perfection, comforting as we like.
500ml chicken stock
200 ml liquid cream
2 cooked chicken fillets (or leftover chicken roast)
1 cup frozen peas
200g mature cheddar
To prepare the sauce, combine the butter, flour, chicken broth and cream.
Season and put on the fire to thicken it. Mix without stop.
Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than al dente cooking. Keep a little cooking water.
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Pour into a baking dish or casserole dish.
Add the cooked pasta, the chicken pieces, the peas and the grated cheese.
To mix together. Add a little of the pasta cooking water to thin it all out.
Check the seasoning, then cover with breadcrumbs.
Cook for about 20 minutes. Enjoy hot.
To finish: you can use other types of pasta. For the cheese, I recommend the mature cheddar. It is white, delicious and very melting.
You can see the recipe video on my Instagram account here.