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Chicken, Apples and Cheddar Casserole

Calories: 287 SmartPoints
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Chicken, Apples and Cheddar Casserole

I'm not sure if you think this is an odd combination of ingredients, but if you've ever had apple pie with cheddar cheese, you may see where I'm going with this. I love apples and cheddar together so this casserole hits the spot. 

 

Notes for this recipe: I don't recommend substituting another type of cheese for this.  It's a loose casserole so use a spatula to lift and remove each portion from the pan.

 

Recipe makes 6 servings.

 

Yield/Servings: 6 Serving Size: 1/6th portion Total Cook/Prep time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken - cut up (I get a whole chicken cut up in the package to reduce roast time)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples (peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes - omit core)
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (full-fat)
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 large carrot (sliced)
  • 2 stalks of celery (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp powdered chicken bullion
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 375.

Roast the cut-up chicken parts for 1 hour.

Allow the chicken parts to rest for 10 - 15 minutes after roasting (oven can stay on).

Remove and discard any skin on the chicken.

Using a fork, pull the meat from the bones of the chicken (white and dark meat) and set aside in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, vigorously mix the chicken broth and corn starch together with a wire whisk until thoroughly combined.

Add the applesauce, powdered bullion, nutmeg, allspice and salt to the broth mixture. Mix to combine.

Spread the shredded chicken meat into a 9 x 13 casserole dish (or baking pan).

Add the apples, onion, carrot and celery to the pan.

Pour the liquid broth mixture into the casserole dish (it will thicken as it cooks).

Bake for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle the cheese on the top of the casserole and continue to bake another 10 minutes or so (or until cheese is melted). For best results, change oven setting to broil and move oven rack to highest position - broiling the cheese on the top of the casserole.

Cool for about 20 minutes.

Use a spatula to divide into 6 portions and serve.

 

 

 

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