Food & Drink Magazine

Chicken and Artichoke Casserole

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
 photo DSCN8623_zpskvueml9u.jpg
When I worked at the Manor one of the appetizers that was quite popular for the Dinner Parties was a Hot Artichoke Dip.  It was cheesy and garlicky and went down a real treat.  I also used to do a baked chicken dish slathered in artichokes that the Mr was gaga over.   This week, I created a casserole which incorporates the best of those two things into one delicious dish!
 photo DSCN8624_zpsx7g3zmlc.jpg
It's creamy and rich  . . .  just like the dip . . .  cheesy, without being overly so . . .
  photo DSCN8626_zpsssdmdnly.jpg
Makes good use of cooked chicken, leftover or otherwise . . . . and store cupboard ingredients.
 photo DSCN8627_zpss2d032c1.jpg
Pasta, cream cheese, cheddar, tinned artichokes, mayonnaise, sour cream and yes tinned cream of chicken soup.  I am not a tinned soup snob like some people.   It has its uses, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
 photo DSCN8629_zpsyp8rimys.jpg
I grew up on it and it didn't kill me.  In fact, we thought it was delicious, and there are certain recipes and dishes that just wouldn't be the same without it, so there!  You could call me a lot of things, but I don't think you could ever call me pretentious, that's for sure!
 photo DSCN8630_zpso50jtwgo.jpg
You could just crush garlic croutons on top, but I like to make fresh bread crumbs.  I leave them a bit chunky and then toss them with some melted butter and garlic.  These get scattered on top prior to baking and get all nice and crispy, like garlic bread.  Altogether this is quite, quite delicious!  I like to serve a salad on the side.
  photo DSCN8636_zpsr00yklyd.jpg
*Artichoke and Chicken Casserole*Serves 6Printable Recipe  

This is delicious.  Full stop.  Reminiscent of Artichoke Dip.  Chicken and artichokes are perfect partners.  A great store cupboard meal.  
230g of farfalle ( 2 cups bow tie pasta)450g cubed cooked chicken (2 cups)400g tin of artichoke hearts, drained and quartered (14-oz tin)295g tin of condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted (10 3/4 oz tin)90g of finely grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)60g of grated strong Cheddar cheese (1/2 cup)220g mayonnaise (1 cup)80ml milk (1/3 cup)1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced1/2 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp ground black pepper60g of fresh bread crumbs, tossed with 1 TBS melted butter, a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of onion powder 
 photo DSCN8634_zps4riwchon.jpg
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 2 liter casserole dish.  Set aside. 
 photo DSCN8633_zpsyk2hfj60.jpg
Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain well.  Rinse and drain again.  While the pasta is cooking whisk together the soup, cheeses, mayonnaise, milk, garlic, onion powder and black pepper.  fold in the cooked chicken, artichoke hearts and pasta.  Mix well to combine.  Pour into the prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle with the seasoned bread crumbs. 
 photo DSCN8632_zps261y4do3.jpg
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.  Serve hot.
 photo DSCN8498_zps1qnf6uyp.jpg
I cooked the chicken that I used in this dish in a  Lékué Deep Steam Case!  This is one of the nicest kitchen tools I have recently gotten. 
  • Steam cook your way to a healthier lifestyle 
  • For use in the microwave 
  • Faster and more convenient way to cook 
  • Retains more nutrients and flavour
  • 100% Platinum Silicone
  • BPA Free
  • 10 year guarantee
  • Dishwasher safe

I was a little bit dubious at first about cooking a whole chicken in it,  I have to admit.  Complete instructions are included in a little booklet that comes with it, for steaming meats, fish, vegetables etc.
 photo DSCN8612_zpsjijunnq5.jpg
I had a small chicken, about 2  pounds.  I followed the instructions in the booklet, crossed my fingers and went with it!
 photo DSCN8613_zpsviongxot.jpg
You cook it first one one side for 10 minutes (with some herbs and a bit of white wine, I used apple juice).  Then you flip it over and do the other side for 10 minutes.
 photo DSCN8615_zpsdbo5drfj.jpg
With a standing time of about 5 minutes, you are rewarded 25 minutes later with a perfectly cooked chicken.
 photo DSCN8618_zpsq6paqwtf.jpg
I checked the temperature with my met thermometer to be sure.  (Like I said I was a bit dubious.)  It was spot on, and not only that, but the chicken meat was deliciously moist and I had some lovely juices in the cooker to use for gravy if I wanted to.
Perfectly cooked whole chicken, moist and delicious, in less than half an hour.  Way to go Lekue!  I love this!  And they come in a variety of sizes.
Why not make more of your microwave and use one of these silicone containers from Lékué to steam cook your way to a healthier lifestyle. Offering a faster, more convenient way to cook your food than traditional pots and pans, microwave steam cooking retains nutrients and flavour, so not only will your food be ready quicker but it cooks in its own juices and will taste much better too. Ideal for cooking rice, pasta, stews, soups, meat, fish and vegetables, they’re easy to use
To find out more about the steam cookers and other quality Lékué  products, check out the website.
Note - Although I was sent a steam case for free to try out, I was not required to write a positive review. Any opinions are entirely my own.  I really am impressed with this piece of kitchen kit!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Frank Turner, Sam Coffey, and Bad Cop / Bad Cop Takeover Toronto!

    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls played the middle show of a three-night takeover of The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Thursday night, and things... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Phjoshua
  • Our Favorite TV Shows of All-Time

    Even though we live in Los Angeles where the weather is nice most of the year, during the fall we sometimes just want to stay in, prepare a cup of hot cocoa... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   A Girl In La - Style Blog
  • Finished Boys Bedroom Makeover: Ethans Blue, White And Red Big Boy Room

    Finished Boys Bedroom Makeover: Ethans Blue, White Room

    Our little boy Ethan's, bedroom makeover is now finished and it feels so good to finally be able to say that! If you've been following our renovation journey,... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Alex_bumptobaby
  • How to Worsen Diabetes: Follow the ADA and CDA Advice

    Worsen Diabetes: Follow Advice

    If you have a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or have been dealing with the condition for years, where's a natural place you might go for support and... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • Safely Stored Away

    Safely Stored Away

    A bit of a panic today when I saw that temperatures might go down to 3C tonight and tomorrow night.  Whilst I had started to move some of my tender plants... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Patientgardener
  • 14% of American Adults Have Diabetes According to CDC

    American Adults Have Diabetes According

    A new report, just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pegs US diabetes rates, as of 2016, at 14.0% of adults. This includes cases of both... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • 20 Boots & Hearts 2019 Artist Predictions

    Boots Hearts 2019 Artist Predictions

    Every year we look forward to the packed schedule of country music that takes place at Boots Hearts. We also sit and think and guess at who we're going to... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Phjoshua