Chicken and Spinach Casserole with Parmesan Cheese

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Photo: Diana Rattray
Ratings (15)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
795 Calories
56g Fat
25g Carbs
49g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 795
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 71%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 208mg 69%
Sodium 1170mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 49g
Calcium 474mg 36%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken casserole is easy to prepare and makes a great everyday meal. Serve this baked chicken and spinach mixture with hot cooked pasta or rice and buttermilk biscuits or warm crusty rolls.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 green onions, with about 2 inches of green, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash garlic powder, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 to 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded natural Parmesan cheese, about 3 ounces

Steps to Make It

  1. Grease a 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Sprinkle the well-drained spinach over the bottom of the casserole; set aside.

  3. In a large skillet, fry the diced bacon until just crisp. With a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.

  4. Add butter to the skillet and melt over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and basil; cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the flour until well incorporated. Add the chicken broth and cream, stirring until well blended. Stir in the chicken and cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly.

  5. Sprinkle the drained bacon over the spinach, then pour the hot chicken mixture over all.

  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly, and cheese is lightly browned.