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Cheesy Chicken Casserole Bake

This is a quick & simple recipe for a cheesy chicken casserole bake made using chicken mince, white sauce, ketchup and lots of mozzarella cheese on top.

This is a quick & simple recipe for a cheesy chicken casserole bake made using chicken mince, white sauce, ketchup and lots of mozzarella cheese on top.

We all have those days when we want comfort food – something quick, scrumptious and with lots of melted cheese. This chicken & cheese casserole is one of those recipes. Not only is it simple to make but it lends itself to endless variations all limited only by the contents of your fridge.

Start with boiled pasta. Elbow macaroni is the one I choose because of its small shape, but other sizes can be substituted.

Decide on your protein layer. This recipe uses chicken mince/qeema but beef mince or a basic chicken recipe like my ultimate pan seared chicken can be substituted. This is also a casserole that can help you use up those leftovers in the fridge. Use the mince from the aalo keema you made on Monday, wash the leftover chicken from the aalo chicken you made on Tuesday and just shred it up and use.

Make a white sauce. Don’t skip out on the chicken cube – it just adds that extra depth of flavor for that slightly Desi kick. Add some melted cheese in it if you are feeling particularly decadent. Keep aside, and if it gets thick just add some extra milk when heating it up.

Ketchup & Chili Garlic for extra flavor. Yes, you could make home-made tomato sauce or an aromatic marinara sauce but this is a recipe that calls for simplicity so bottled sauces are what I use this time.

This is a quick & simple recipe for a cheesy chicken casserole bake made using chicken mince, white sauce, ketchup and lots of mozzarella cheese on top.

Cheese – the magical element that just brings everything together. A little bit of cheese between the layers, and lots of melted cheese on top. Cook it in the oven, and just put it for 5 minutes under the broiler to give it that lovely brown caramelized top.

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This is a quick & simple recipe for a cheesy chicken casserole bake made using chicken mince, white sauce, ketchup and lots of mozzarella cheese on top.
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Cheesy Chicken Casserole Bake

This is a quick & simple recipe for a cheesy chicken casserole bake made using chicken mince, white sauce, ketchup and lots of mozzarella cheese on top.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 3726 kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 grams elbow macaroni

For the Chicken Mince

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 300 grams chicken mince
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 2-3 black peppercorns kali mirch
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon red chili powder

For the White Sauce

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups cups milk
  • 1 Knorr chicken cube
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup chili garlic sauce
  • 200 grams mozzarella cheese; alternatively 100 grams cheddar cheese & 100 grams mozzarella cheese can be used
  • 2 tablespoon butter for spreading on bottom & side of baking pan
  • 1 teaspoon herbs
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil noodles as per packet directions and set aside.

To prepare the chicken mince:

  1. Heat oil. Add black peppercorns, cinnamon stick & cloves. Sauté for 30 seconds and then add minced garlic & garlic paste. Cook for 30 – 45 seconds to remove the raw taste.
  2. Add chicken mince, salt & red chili pepper and cook with a wooden spoon on medium to high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn heat to low, cover the mince and let it cook for about 20 – 30 minutes till it is cooked through. Keep aside.

To prepare the white sauce:

  1. Melt butter. Add flour and stir for at least 1-2 minutes to cook out the raw taste of the flour. Pour in about 1 cup of milk, and stir with a whisk to make sure there are no lumps in the white sauce.
  2. Keep heating the white sauce on medium heat till you can see small bubbles on the side after which it should start thickening. Use a whisk to mix the white sauce properly. Add chicken cube & rest of spices. Taste and adjust seasonings if required. Keep aside.

Assembling the Casserole

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 Centigrade.
  2. Take a 9 x 13 or similar size baking pan. A glass Pyrex dish is best as it lets you see the layers. Spread butter across the bottom and sides of the dish. Start by adding about half of the elbow macaroni on the bottom. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of white pepper & Italian herbs. Top with half of the white sauce, ketchup & chili garlic sauce. The next step is adding all of the mincemeat. Top with the rest of the elbow macaroni, white sauce, ketchup and chili garlic sauce. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of white pepper & Italian herbs again. Add shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the casserole.
  3. Keep casserole in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes till the cheese is melted and the casserole is warmed through. Turn the broiler on for the last 5 minutes to give a lovely caramelized cheesy top. Serve hot. 

Recipe Notes

This recipe easily lends itself to adaptions. Instead of using chicken mince, a boneless chicken recipe like the ultimate pan-seared chicken can be used. Just boil, cook or grill as per your personal preference. Alternatively, use leftovers from the fridge – wash the chicken & shred it up to use in the casserole. For more flavor, add jalapeno’s, olives, corn or even some caramelized onions for the layering.

 

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Siddiqa
    June 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    The chicken cube is the saving grace for so many recipes. Love it and can’t wait to try your recipe

    • Reply
      kiran
      June 14, 2018 at 10:39 am

      It is! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

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