Chicken Casserole

In our home, we always look forward to having a roast chicken for dinner, for we know, there will be leftovers. We make sure to buy a large chicken enough for the main meal and enough for leftover. So easy, so simple to prepare and yet, so satisfying. The beauty of this dish is that you can use any vegetables you may have in your refrigerator if you wish to enhance the dish. We keep it simple with just a little onion and garlic. The rice and chicken are the stars of the dish and you don’t need to add much. There is something comforting and safe in having a roast chicken on Sunday night. Even better when you know we will enjoy another great meal the following day and even the day after. With the leftover chicken casserole, I add some celery, onions, mushrooms, shredded carrots and green peas and pop up a chicken fried rice, out of nowhere ! This is truly comfort food in our home.
With just a few ingredients, you only need an onion and a little garlic and you can create a fantastic dinner, ready in 30 minutes.

1 Large onion finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves finely minced
200 Gr. Cooked chicken finely chopped
1 Capsule of Chicken Broth – I use Knorr Chicken Stock
A pinch of Red Chilli flakes
2 Cups of Jasmine Rice
3 1/4 Cups of Water
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Preheat the oven at 180 Celsius.
Using a cocotte which can go in the oven, over medium heat melt the butter and add the olive oil. When the butter has melted, saute the onions until translucent, add the garlic, chilli flakes and saute for another 2 minutes. Add the minced chicken and also saute for another minute. Add the rice and mix well. Add the water and chicken stock, mix well and bring the liquid to a boil.
When the liquid starts to boil, remove from the heat and put the lid on and
place in a preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, but check the cooking after 15 minutes as it may be ready.
You just want the liquid absorbed and the rice slightly al dente.
Of course, this dish is even better reheated the following day.
I can only tell you to make it – trust me.

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