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Chicken and Spinach Casserole

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Many thanks to Angelique for sending in the photo! She loved the recipe!

2 cups torn bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Oil (whatever you like to use for sauteing)
4 cups packed spinach
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove (or 2 or 3) minced
1/4 cup white wine (or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup shredded or chopped pre-cooked chicken

Preheat oven to 450′ F Lightly spray or grease a 2 quart casserole dish

In a medium bowl, drizzle the bread with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with a bit of salt and set aside.In a medium sized skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil over medium high heat. Add the spinach, season with a bit of salt.

Cook, while stirring until it’s all wilted (and it looks like you hardly have anything left). Drain the spinach in a colander until it’s cool enough to touch. Squeeze all the water out.

Then give what’s left of your spinach a rough chop.

Clean out the pan you used for cooking the spinach and saute the onions and garlic until tender. (Actually, you can do this while the spinach is cooling off in the colander.)

Add the white wine (or chicken stock) to the onions and continue cooking until almost all of it has evaporated. This will take about 5 minutes.

Add the flour to the onion mixture and cook while stirring for 30 seconds.

Gradually whisk in the half and half (or milk if you’re slimming things down). Squeeze in a bit of fresh lemon juice (it says 1/2 teaspoon…but honestly….it can handle a bit more than that….maybe a teaspoon or two). Bring the mixture to a boil.

Remove from heat and stir in your chopped spinach and chicken.

Season with salt and pepper. Pour into your prepared casserole dish. Top with the bread crumbs that you set aside earlier.

Bake until the bread is golden brown and the mixture is nice and bubble….about 10 minutes or so.

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BAnjeeB October 13, 2010 - 4:07 AM

This looks great! I loved the shrimp pasta, I’ll probably try this on Sunday.

Nicole October 13, 2010 - 1:24 PM

This sounds extra yummy. I am going to try it on friday, since I have all of the ingredients!

A.B. Sutton October 15, 2010 - 1:36 PM

Let me first say that I have never made a dish with spinach in it or even a casserole for that matter; HOWEVER, this dish was the bomb…especially the bread on top of the casserole! As usual, my husband was a little skeptical but after one bit he was sold. Thank you so much for all your recipes. With great recipes and information about exercise, your website has truly made living a healthier lifestyle soooo much easier.

Carla October 16, 2010 - 1:36 PM

Soooo excited about trying this recipe!!!!

shantay December 28, 2010 - 3:34 PM

i made this recipe a week ago.. 3 out of 4 people in my house liked it. it was very good..

Tiff January 12, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Sounds delicious! I definitely will be trying this recipe tomorrow.

Victoria January 16, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Love this recipe!!! It was amazing. I wanted to eat the entire dish. I was happy when my daughter said she didn’t like it–now I have leftovers.

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