Monday, March 9, 2015

Chicken and Ham Casserole For a Crowd


This comfort meal will be sure to be a hit when you need a main dish for 25 people. 
The meat is all cooked ahead of time so the casserole just needs heating through before serving.

  • 7 pounds chicken thighs (with skin and bone)
  • 1 1/2 pounds  (750 grams) sliced or diced ham
  • 1 pound (500 grams) sliced swiss cheese
  • 2 pounds broccoli, diced and flowers cut into bite sized pieces
Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • drippings from baking chicken (about 2 cups)
  • enough warm milk to make 5 cups with the drippings of the chicken 

Crumbs
  • 4 cups panko style crumbs  (bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  1. Put the chicken in a roasting pan with a cover and roast about 40 minutes at 350.  Allow to cool and then remove the bones and the skin. 
  2. Remove chicken from pan, reserve the drippings in a large measuring cup.  
  3. Dice chicken and place back in roaster and arrange ham  evenly over chicken.
  4. In a large bowl, pour boiling water over bite sized broccoli, cover and let sit 10 minutes.  Drain.
  5. Arrange broccoli evenly over the ham.
  6. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.  Add flour and stir to combine.  
  7. Slowly add the warmed milk and drippings to the combined butter and flour and whisk over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  8. Pour sauce over the ingredients in the roaster. 
  9. Cover with cheese.
  10. Combine melted butter and panko style crumbs and sprinkle over the casserole. 
  11. Bake uncovered in a 350 F oven for 1 - 1 1/4 hours or until  hot and bubbly in the center.  
Serve over hot rice.  





7 comments:

  1. Looks like the perfect comfort food!!

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  2. Michelle from VancouverMarch 9, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    I love the recipes that feed a crowd ( especially the easy ones ). We go to quite a few potlucks & I can't wait to bring this one.
    Question? Do you think this would freeze well?

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    1. Michelle, I think it would freeze okay but make sure your broccoli is only blanched before freezing.

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  3. Sounds good! I often refer to the "cook for a crowd" section for inspiration, for the many different events that I cook for.

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  4. ham and chicken thigh is a combo I like

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  5. Lovella this sounds wonderful!

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  6. This is a bit like Charlotte's easy chicken cordon bleu which I have adopted as my go-to casserole for delivering to friends. Everybody loves it. So I know this will be a winner too. Thanks for sharing. I love MGCC recipes. Angharad

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