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Paula Deen’s amazing chicken casserole

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Paula Deen’s recipes are always delicious and this one is no exception. This chicken and pasta casserole in a cheesy sauce can be ready in no time and you will love the taste. The ingredients meld together perfectly to give it a great flavor. You’ve done it again, Paula, comfort food at its best!

This recipe was originally titled Chicken Noodle Casserole and called for egg noodles. It can be made using any pasta, however. (In the picture above, it was made with penne.) Penne, cavatappi, rigatoni or any of the tubular, spiral or ridged pastas work best with a sauce as the ridges or spirals will hold onto the sauce better allowing you to enjoy it with each bite.

For those looking to cut some calories or make healthy eating choices, use a whole wheat or other enriched pasta, fat free milk, and fat free sour cream. The results will still taste wonderfully.

Paula Deen’s Chicken Casserole Recipe

Ingredients for Paul Deen’s Chicken Casserole:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut in small bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups pasta, cooked and drained, approximately 2 cups uncooked (penne, cavatappi, rigatoni all work well)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups cheese, grated (cheddar, cojack, Swiss or a combination) – save just a little bit for sprinkling on the top
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for making Paula Deen’s Chicken Casserole:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the inside of a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent (about 5 minutes) stirring occasionally. Add the flour and whisk together for about 1 minute (this will allow the flour to cook just a little before adding the other ingredients). Add the sour cream and milk, and continue whisking until the mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and add all but ½ cup of the cheese. Add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir together, then layer evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the casserole and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted and the sauce is bubbly. Remove the casserole and let it sit for about 15 minutes prior to serving.

Other delicious chicken casserole recipes:

Chicken and rice casserole recipe – a classic

Chicken and rice in peanut butter sauce – delicious

Chicken casserole with rice, bananas, and bacon – yes, you read it right! This is absolutely delicious!

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