Chicken and Corn Casserole with mac ‘n cheese

 

Chicken and corn casserole with mac and cheese
Chicken and corn casserole with mac and cheese

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When the temperature is dipping and the freezing cold keeps you locked at home, what you need is the warmth of your ‘hearth’ to warm up  your ‘hearts’ 💕 ……..  Lol   😝 Did I just say that! ? Can’t believe I am coming up with funny prefaces for a food post 😀 . Well! blogging is doing strange things to me 🙂

 In simple words, the cold winter weather requires food which gives us warmth and nourishment. And what better than the three “Ch”s, chocolate, cheese and chicken.

 So, I came up with this recipe including at least two of them, Chicken and cheese. For the third “Ch” , chocolate, finish your dinner with  Molten Heart Choco Lava Cake or Chocolate Cookie tarts or Chocolate balls in Cappuccino custard

 My version of chicken  corn casserole is one comforting bowl of warmth you and your family would enjoy. It is an easy and hearty dinner dish you can also prepare in advance and simply heat and eat.

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 Recipe: Corn and Chicken Casserole with mac and cheese

 

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1.For the mac and cheese base:

 

  • 2 cups macaroni cooked in boiling salted water to which you have added a teaspoon of oil to prevent them from sticking, till almost al dente (just on the edge of being underdone), then drain and rinse with cold water; set aside .
  • Bechamel/white sauce: 3 tbsp. butter, 3 tbsp. flour, 3 cups boiled milk. Heat butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the flour and saute a little till lightly golden.Remove from heat and add the milk , while whisking continuously.Return to heat and cook till sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper powder and dried herbs( I used oregano). Add half a cup ( more or less)grated cheddar cheese and mix well.Remove from heat.
  • Combine the macaroni with the cheese sauce.
  • Layer the casserole dish( brush with oil first) with the mac and cheese. Dot with some pizza sauce if you like.

 2.For the corn and chicken layer

  •  Chicken nuggets/ left over roast chicken/or shallow fry chicken cubes with salt, pepper, garlic paste and little oil
  • 1 can cream style sweet corn
  • 3 cups corn kernels ( boil and drain/steam if frozen )
  • 1 tbsp. fine cornmeal
  • 1 cup of chopped bell peppers ( any color)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup thick milk
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tsp. dried oregano

Combine all the dry ingredients first. Add the rest of the ingredients except eggs and milk.Whisk the eggs and milk together and add to the  mix.Spoon this mixture over the mac and cheese layer carefully.

 

 3.Topping 

  • Chilli flakes
  • Cheese slices/ mozarrella cheese grated
  • chopped bell pepper
  • 2 tsp. corn kernels ( reserved while preparing the second layer)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

Sprinkle all these on the second layer. Bake at 350° F for about 25-30 minutes till a knife when inserted in the center comes out clean. If you want a more golden top,brush with some butter or olive oil and  broil for about five minutes till desired color is achieved. 

Enjoy….

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 I have to add here that Angie@ The Novice Gardeners’ Steamed Corn Pudding  inspired me to an extent in making this dish.

I have to share this dish with my FF buddies.FF 46 is being hosted as usual by Angie@TheNovicegardener. Helping her by co hosting this time are two wonderful blogger friends Juju @cooking with aunt juju.com and Margy@Lapetitcasserole. Come and join me at the most happening party on line…….

 

Chicken and Corn Casserole with Mac and Cheese
Chicken and Corn Casserole with Mac and Cheese
Chicken and corn casserole with mac and cheese
Chicken and corn casserole with mac and cheese

 

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35 thoughts on “Chicken and Corn Casserole with mac ‘n cheese

  1. Wow Arl where did you come up with this delicious version of “mac and cheese”. I love all the varieties you can make using “mac and cheese” as a base. Darn, I have everything but chicken – guess I could make it without, but I am sure it would not be the same. Great dinner idea and thanks for sharing this with all of your FF #46 buddies 🙂

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    1. Thank you for being a wonderful host 👍☺I am enjoying your party. You could throw in some lamb or beef as well but as you said it won’t be the same. A teeny bit of confusion with the name. (Arl)
      Regards
      skd

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      1. No probs at all ☺ hosting big parties is no easy job. And Arl is a good friend. So it is quite OK ☺👍 Thank you for your sweet comment…

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    1. Thank you Nancy ☺ It is very filling. And if only there was no concept of gaining calories and weight with food, yumm ..😋 I would have hot cheese and warm and gooeey chocolate cake every single meal. IF only 😞😥😩

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      1. Yeah paneer sounds perfect for this and maybe even tofu 🙂 Please do try the garlic bread, am curious to know how it comes 😀

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