Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Child Labor and Cheesy Chicken Casserole!

And the kids are home today...AGAIN! This is getting to be a very, long winter! Yesterday I had them clean their rooms, today they got to dust AND vacuum...lucky kids! Although, I left them have the Pledge and dust rags, unsupervised and they were returned to me soaking wet w/ Pledge and the upstairs of my house, smells~well, really clean! (Our toilet seat upstairs seems to be extra shiny too! ;) After the cleaning fest, we headed to the movies, but not before I had a chance to make these yummy bars and dinner for tonight!

Notice the dog, under the chair, trying to get the dust rags.....

This is a treat they had yesterday after sledding.....I found the crunch at Wal*Mart.....

Now on to dinner for this evening! I am hoping to get to the Y tonight, but I try and have something that Jimmy can just pull out of the oven and serve with little or no thought~I also have been craving these hearty comfort foods~I am assuming it is because it is cold and wintry will be nice when spring arrives and we can grill more often!!
I don't have a picture of all the ingredients, as I usually do, because I have been making this in shifts, between laundry, going to the movies, trying to house break the get the idea!
Cube your velveeta:

Cook spaghetti and place in a large mixing bowl. Cook chicken, cool and shred~add to noodles:

Mix everything and place in a 9x13, or if a 9x13 is to big for your family, place in two 8x8 pans~freeze one for later or give a meal to your neighbor!

Cheesy Chicken Casserole

6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 12 oz. pkg spaghetti noodles
1 16 oz. pkg. Velveeta
1 Can 99% FF Cream of Chicken Soup (I used Cream of Mushroom, feel free to substitute what you have on hand)
1 Can Chicken Broth
1 8 oz. pkg. shredded, mild cheddar cheese

Fill pot with water and add a little seasoning (salt & pepper), add chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked (45-50 minutes). Remove chicken from pot and allow to cool. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. While spaghetti is cooking, shred or cube your chicken. Drain your spaghetti and place in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken. In a microwave safe bowl, combine soup, chicken broth and cubed velveeta. Microwave 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy. Pour over noodles and chicken. Stir to combine. Place in your casserole dish and top with additional cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

If freezing~assemble the casserole, let cool and then cover, unbaked casserole with plastic wrap and two layers of foil. Label, date and place in freezer. To cook frozen casserole~remove from freezer and defrost. Proceed with baking instructions. If you have a large family and would like to make 2 - 9x13 pans (one for eating, one for freezing) simply double the recipe!!

I am planning on serving this casserole with fresh steamed broccoli and applesauce.
Happy Eating!

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