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Pesto Chicken Casserole
    • FuriousGeorge [1960086]
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    Thread created on 23:33:50 - 08/04/18 (6 years ago)
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    Last replied 09:38:53 - 09/04/18 (6 years ago)
    Pesto Chicken Casserole 

    This serves 3 people but if you have 5 (with leftovers) or 6, then double the ingredients

    Ingredients:
    • 1½ lbs skinless chicken thighs
    • 3 oz. green pesto
    • 2 oz. butter or olive oil
    • 1½ cups half & half
    • 8 tablespoons pitted olives (mix of klamata and large green), cut the green olives in half
    • 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled or diced
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    • Pepper and smoky paprika
    • Ashes from one joint
    Instructions
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    • Trim the excess fat off the chicken thighs. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces. Season with pepper and smoky paprika (the feta and the olives add a lot of salt, so only add more if you are sure).
    • Add butter or oil to a large skillet and fry the chicken pieces. Sear them in batches on both sides on medium heat until each side browns.
    • Mix pesto, chicken stock and half & half in a bowl.
    • Place the browned chicken pieces in a casserole dish together with the olives, feta cheese and garlic. Add the pesto mixture.
    • Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until the dish turns bubbly and starts to brown a bit around the edges.
    Works very well with white rice served under the casserole in a bowl. If you are not serving with rice, think about not adding the cup of chicken stock. Also, you can substitute roasted red pepper pesto instead of a green pesto.

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    Posted on 03:36:01 - 09/04/18 (6 years ago)
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    Wife loves olives, but I've never acquired a taste for them.  But it seems very well balanced, so maybe the olive flavor isn't quite 'on top' in this dish.

    I do prefer thigh meat to breast, esp when someone else cooks and hasn't figured out how to keep it from being over cooked.

    Looks delicious, but I didn't see the ashes in the screenshot...so I'll just figure out on my own when to add that ingredient. ð
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    Posted on 09:38:53 - 09/04/18 (6 years ago)
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    Looks yummy.
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