Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Crumby Chicken 'Dive-in"

    You know, sometimes it's kinda nice to put something on the table that doesn't look like it was just 'thrown' together. Look, I love saving time as much as the next but once in awhile it's nice for our dinner to be about quality and wonderful food instead being about just 'getting dinner done'! And so tonight I'd like to have a LARGE cocktail & fix something that 'looks' very time consuming (cause who am I kidding, I truly don't have time for this crap) but actually takes no time at all, I really want to get dinner fixed as quickly as possible so I can just RELAX (there I said it)! Now, let's go see what's to eat. Fill up our drink for our travels to the freezer and WHAT THE?? MORE CHICKEN?? UGH!! It's alright...there's ALWAYS something very tasty and quick we can come up
This is what I've got:
      1. CHICKEN, I'm using this 1/2 baked leftover but thighs or breast, cooked and cut into cubes
          would actually work well, about 3 cups         
      2. broccoli florets, about 6-8 cups (chill out, it cooks down so much, you won't believe it)
      3. 1 cup mayo
      4. 2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted
      5. 1-1/2 tsp lemon jc (zest or peel small lemon curls before you squeeze and save it till the end)
      6. 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
      7. 1 cup dry bread crumbs
      8. 3 1/2 tablespoons butter or marg, melted
      9. the zest of 1/2 that lemon or thin lemon peel curls (optional, just for garnish)
    10. pepper to taste
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees, drink up and let's do this thing! In a large, microwavable bowl, cook the broccoli until just tender (approx 3 mins depending on your micro). Transfer the cooked
broccoli to a greased 11 x 7in baking dish. In a small bowl, mix the soup, mayo & lemon jc together. Cover the broccoli with the chicken. Evenly spread mayo mixture over chicken. Shake some pepper (as much as you like) over the top. Sprinkle cheese all over. Combine butter with bread crumbs and sprinkle over the cheese. Stick it in the oven, uncovered, for about 30 mins until golden brown and bubblin'. Let it sit for a few mins to set then garnish with lemon peel curls or zest if you want it to look pretty. This could be served with parsley new potatoes or rice or whatever you like...whatever you choose, this jazz is mighty DERN TASTY!!

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