The casserole favorite takes two easy comfort ingredients -- chicken and noodles -- and makes a standby dinner recipe of them.

ingredients

  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups 2 percent milk
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked and drained

directions

In a large nonstick skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink. Add the broth, carrots, celery and savory. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Pour over chicken mixture. Add noodles; mix well.

Transfer to a 3-quart baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly.

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Recipe reprinted by permission of Reiman Publications, LLC. © 2002. All rights reserved.

RecID 6667

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