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Momma 10-Bar's Chicken Casserole
Momma 10-Bar is known for her amazing dishes on the table, that fuel our bodies so our family operation runs smoother. One of her staple meals is Chicken Casserole, adapted from a traditional Tuna Casserole to most of the world. Momma 10-Bar focuses on yummy meals that can be served right out of the oven or be frozen for a rainy day. Chicken Casserole brings elements fresh from the farm and combines them with your staple kitchen ingredients, creating a flavor explosion in your mouth.
Enjoying a meal with the family is sometimes a rare occurrence during the week. With everyone's individual events, from rodeos, sports and even just feeding the animals it can be rough to find the time. Freezer meals have saved us during rodeo season. Having something from home to eat brings comfort and is a great way to calm the kids nerves. Chicken Casserole is delicious and easy; even tastes amazing after being frozen. Momma 10-Bar’s Chicken Casserole is a perfect staple food for western lifestyle.
Step 1: Steam Carrots
The first step to any good recipe is to make sure you have all your ingredients together, and then begin the prep work. First step Momma 10-Bar recommends is chop the carrots into small circles or chunks. After cutting the carrots steam them for 2-3 minutes until soft.
Step 2: Bring water to a boil and add noddles
After you have got your carrots chopped and ready to go, in a large pot bring water to a boil. Once your water is boiling add your three cups of egg pasta noddles. Everyone is different when it comes to the tenderness of their noodles, boil your noodles for about 6 minutes a dente. Drain the noodles and add in your steamed carrots.
Step 3: Drain chicken
The original dish calls for tuna fish, however our family has always loved beef and chicken. You can use fish, canned chicken or cubbed chicken depending on your preference. Using your choice of meat, saute the meat and add it to your noddles and carrots.
Step 4: Cream Mixture
Measure out the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, mayo and lemon juice. Combine each of the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Step 5: Add cheese to noodles
If you haven’t already, drain your carrots and noodles. Combine and mix the noodles, carrots, chicken together, then add your shredded cheese in a large bowl.
Step 6: Combine sauce and noodles
After you have completed step 5, gently pour the cream mixture over the noodles, carrots, shredded chicken and cheese mixture. Mix the sauce in with the noodles to the consistency desired.
Step 7: Crush Ritz cracker topping
In a ziplock bag crush one sleeve of ritz crackers. Feel free to add more crackers depending on your preference. Once ritz crackers are crushed add 1/2 cup grated cheese, salt and pepper and spices to taste and mix well in the zip lock bag.
Step 8: Spoon Casserole into Pan
Spoon the casserole mix into a 9x13 pan and top with cracker/cheese mixture. At this step you can choose to freeze the casserole for a later day. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve hot and ready to your family. If you choose to freeze the casserole, cover it with tinfoil and place it in the freezer. When you are ready to eat it thaw in the fridge overnight then bake 350 for 45 min to 1 hour.
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ c sour cream
¾ c milk
½ c mayo
1 can shredded chicken (or meat of your choosing)
1 c cheddar cheese
½ t salt and pepper
1 T lemon juice
3 c cooked noodles
Top with crushed ritz crackers and then bake
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