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Heavenly Chicken

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“I have a horror of dry chicken breasts, even though I know white meat is healthier for one. So I was happy to find a flavorful, moist casserole that is also easy to make ahead and freeze. I use skim milk and light ham to help reduce calories, but you can use whatever is on hand. From "Once-a-Month Cooking" by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg; I doubled their white sauce ingredients and spinach to make it extra moist.”
1hr 45mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, sauté the scallions in butter until tender. Whisk in flour; whisk in milk all at once. Bring to a boil and cook and stir until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the cracker crumbs (breadcrumbs work too in a pinch) and cheese. Dip chicken breast halves in the crumb mixture to coat lightly; retain remaining crumb mixture. (Note: If freezing the meal for later, seal the remaining crumb mixture in a freezer bag).
  3. Arrange the breast halves in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  4. Stir the spinach and ham into the white sauce. Spoon the spinach mixture over the chicken. (Can freeze at this point for later; tape the crumb mixture bag to the side. Defrost before baking.).
  5. Bake, covered, at 350°F for 60 to 75 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with crumbs. Bake 10 minutes more.

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