Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm (Recipes)

This casserole is a staple in our house.  I have made it for 30 years, with a few changes to the original recipe.  My kiddos and darling hubby love it.  It is fast, easy, little effort, high reward!  You can use a lower fat soup, mayonnaise (I use miracle whip) and make it with rice instead of the bread crumbs.  I pre- cook the chicken in my cast-iron skillet, seasoning it before I bake it.  You can also use left-over grilled chicken.  I have never made it with dark meat, but I’m sure it would be good too.

Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

  • 1 family-sized (19 ounces) bag of frozen broccoli or 2 bunches of broccoli (cooked)
  • 3 cups of diced chicken or 2 whole chicken breasts, cooked and boned
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup (you can use the lower-fat version)
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, divided (I use what I have, cheddar,(sharp or mild), colby or monterey — any combination will work
  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise or miracle whip (again, you can use a lower-fat version)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon, juiced)
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs or 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 tbsp butter

Pre-cook the chicken, cool slightly and dice.  Cook broccoli.  Cube 3 or 4 slices of bread (I’ve used sourdough, white, wheat, Italian… whatever I have on hand).  Put in a bowl and dot with the butter — cook in microwave for 45 second or so,  just until the butter is melted.  Stir to blend the butter.

In a 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. baking dish, layer the cooked diced chicken and cooked broccoli. Combine the soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, curry powder and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Pour over chicken and broccoli.   Spread bread crumb mixture on top of soup mixture.  Then spread remaining cheese.

** If using instant rice, start with 1 cup of rice in bottom of dish and omit the bread crumbs.

Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes or until heated through.  The baking time will be longer if using cold left-over chicken.  Makes 6-8 servings.


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Be Kind To Each Other

October 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm (Scripture References)

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” ~~ Ephesians 4:32

The other evening, my sister, Sue and I were visiting at Momma and Daddy’s house.  Momma isn’t in good health and often says things out of the blue that have nothing to do with… well… anything.  As she was walking up the stairs, she peeked her head down and said, “Now I want you girls to be nice to each other, okay??”

Me and Susie

That phrase was common in our house.  Momma would repeat this, when I was probably 11 or 12 and all five of us would stay in the house for a short while so she could grocery shop.  I must confess that we didn’t always listen to her — kicking, pinching and biting were our weapons of choice.

Esther, Debbie, Susan and Me(Melodye)

We were not allowed to speak anything unkind to or about anyone.   If Momma caught us talking about someone, she would simply say, “Meow!” and we knew to stop.  She taught us that words are as hurtful as fists.

Precious Momma and Daddy and their “girls”


Heather on our swing

I am so glad that Momma and Daddy worked hard to show us, both in word and in deed, that kindness is the most important of all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” ~~ Colossians 3:12

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