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Buffalo Chicken Casserole



Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes Number of Servings: 8
Actual Cooking Time:45 minutes Source: EatingWell
Food Groups: Grains, Meat & Beans, Milk & Milk Products, Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Chicken & Turkey, Rice, Pasta & Bread
Meal Type: Dinner Entrée
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium
Origin: American
Special Features: Kids Can Help Make It , Kids Love It, Make Ahead

Photo by Ken Burris.
We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, carrots and celery—and created a finger-licking-good casserole. Serve this dish during football season to a hungry crowd and it’s sure to be a hit. We don’t typically recommend ingredients by brand name, but in this case we make an exception for Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It has the perfect balance of spice and tang for this casserole. Texas Pete and Crystal hot sauces are suitable alternatives if you can’t find Frank’s.

Ingredients:

12 ounces whole-wheat elbow Noodles
2 tablespoons Canola oil
3 medium Carrots, sliced
3 medium stalks Celery, sliced
1 large Onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced Garlic
2 pounds boneless, skinless Chicken breast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup Cornstarch
4 cups low-fat Milk
1/8 teaspoon Salt
5 tablespoons hot Sauce, preferably Frank’s RedHot
3/4 cup crumbled blue Cheese (about 4 ounces)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Bring a Dutch oven of water to a boil. Cook noodles until barely tender, about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.

3. Heat oil in the pot over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink on the outside, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk cornstarch and milk in a medium bowl; add to the pot along with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until bubbling and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in hot sauce.

4. Spread the noodles in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar 3-quart) baking dish. Top with the chicken mixture; sprinkle with blue cheese.

5. Bake the casserole until it is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Nutrient Information
Calories: 441
Total Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 671 mg
Carbohydrates: 47
Protein: 37 g
Fiber: 5 g
Vitamin A: 89% dv
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 280 mg
Iron:

Cook's Notes:

To Make Ahead: In Step 1, cook the noodles 4 minutes less than package directions. Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate for 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake at 400°F for 45 minutes.