Secret Recipe Club: Chicken Noodle & Corn Casserole

I was pretty excited when I drew The Kitchen Witch as my Secret Recipe Club blog for December. I instantly fell in love with her gorgeous photos, fun blog design and sweet sense of humor. The only problem? Choosing only one recipe for the reveal!

With all of the holiday craziness, last weekend I had planned to only make one or two dishes for the week. I wanted something that was semi-healthy and that would last for multiple meals and thus something of the 'tray' variety was needed. When I saw Rhonda's recipe for chicken noodle & corn casserole, I knew it would be love at first bite. And it was. The corn adds a bit of sweetness, while the chicken and noodles add some earthy heartiness.

Chicken Noodle & Corn Casserole
*Adapted from The Kitchen Witch
3 C chopped cooked chicken breast (I seasoned & baked 3 breasts, then cubed)
1 16 oz. pkg egg noodles (I used Ronzoni)
1 can (15 ounce) corn kernels, drained
1 can (14.75 ounce) cream style corn
2 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 C skim or low fat milk
1 C reduced fat sour cream
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1 C seasoned panko bread crumbs

Cook the egg noodles according to package directions (I undercooked them by about a minute). Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onions and celery over medium heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for about a minute, whisking constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk until fully combined. Bring mixture to a light boil. Turn off the heat and stir in both corns, sour cream, herbs, salt, pepper, chicken and noodles. Pour into a greased baking dish, sprinkle the top with panko and bake for 20 minutes. Yields about 8 servings.

Dig in!

We ate this for a number of dinners and lunches and enjoyed every bite! Thanks to Rhonda for this great recipe! I also think it could easily be changed up to add any flavors you like. Substitute the corn for any vegetables, like green beans, asparagus, bell peppers...or all of the above!

So there you have it. My Secret Recipe Club reveal for December! Hope you have a great week! It's going to be a busy one with Christmas only 6 days away...but I'm soaking up every moment!!

Questions of the Day:

Have you ever made a great casserole?

How was your weekend? We spent ours partying it up on Friday and Saturday nights, and then relaxing big time all day yesterday!