Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 oz. egg noodles, cooked (about 3 cups cooked noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 2 (10.75 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup crushed butter crackers
  • Cooking spray                       

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a 2-quart baking dish by spraying it with some cooking spray. Set aside.

Prep the rotisserie chicken by shredding the breast and leg quarter meat only. Meat should be shredded into smaller pieces. Discard bones and skin. Place shredded meat into a large mixing bowl.

Next, combine the shredded chicken with the soup and sour cream. Add in dried thyme, peas and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Toss everything together so all ingredients are well combined. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine the crushed butter crackers, parsley and the melted butter. Toss well. Top casserole with the cracker mixture.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until casserole is heated through and slightly bubbly on the sides. The top of the casserole will be nice a golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly cool, about 5-10 minutes.

Makes approximately 6 servings.

 

Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chef

  • Have your child help pull the leaves off of the parsley stems. This is a great way to develop their fine motor skills.
  • Working together, have your child help you shred the chicken or remove the skin from the chicken. Let them taste the chicken as you work through this step.
  • Pour butter crackers into a re-sealable plastic bag. Allow your child to help crush the crackers.
  • Talk about the colors of the peas and carrots. Let them sample them. Talk about the taste, smell and texture of the veggies.
  • Once the butter has been melted, have them pour the crushed crackers into the butter. Allow them to add the minced parsley to the bowl. They can help mix the cracker topping together and help sprinkle on top of the casserole.
  • Once the casserole has cooled, allow them to taste the recipe and see if they like it.

 

Kid Chef

  • Have your child prepare the baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  • Work together to use the microwave to melt the butter for the recipe.
  • Have your child help you shred the chicken, separate the skin and bones from the meat.
  • Allow your child to help measure the sour cream, season with salt/pepper and pour the soup into the mixing bowl.
  • With adult supervision, practice knife skills and carefully mince the parsley.
  • Working together, have your child mix the ingredients (pasta, chicken, soup, sour cream, veggies and spices) together and carefully pour into the baking dish.
  • Using a timer, practice keeping track of the cooking time.
  • Once the recipe is done, allow them to taste their creation and ask them to describe the flavor.

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