Chicken and Rice Casserole with Béchamel and Yoghurt
Easy and comforting, this filling casserole makes a great midweek dinner. Cook the chicken and rice together to save time, and add some Greek yoghurt to the béchamel to lighten it up and give it some zing. Also, there are crackers involved, so read on…
First of all, Happy New Year! Let’s see what 2016 has in store for us! Did you have a good holiday? Are you all cooked out? Even if you are, I imagine you still need to make dinner now and again. If inspiration – or lack thereof – is your issue, I’m here to help. How about a casserole? It’s filling, it’s easy, it’s nutritious (especially when cooked from scratch like this one) and it’s comforting. Just right for dreary January evenings. It’s not the quickest dinner you can make, but it really is easy and worth the effort. What’s more, you can make a big one and keep it for the next day as well, either for dinner or a great packed lunch for the office.
Ok, I’m sure you are skimming past all this in order to get to the cracker part. Well, you’re here. I made two versions of this casserole. One with yoghurt added to the béchamel, and one without. One with a breadcrumb topping and one with a cracker topping. Notice I haven’t mentioned anything about diets throughout this post? Yeah, not there yet. So crackers. In the topping. Amazing. I’ve done it before, can’t remember when but it’s been a while (I’m trying to think why I left it so long). Anyway, so my second trial for this dish found me without bread, and rather than going without a topping I thought I’d use up some crackers I had leftover from my marathon holiday cheese-eating sessions. Not that they would have been wasted… I still have a log of goat’s cheese that I’m saving for a special occasion. Like a new episode of Law & Order SVU or something (what’s up with all the shows stopping suddenly?). Anyway, I’ve veered off track again. So yes, I bashed them up in a plastic baggie and mixed them in instead of stale breadcrumbs. You should also do this. The amount won’t kill your NY resolutions (it might pinch or poke them a bit), and the taste and crunchiness are definitely worth it.
I think I might be experimenting a bit more with casseroles. What is your favourite? Let me have some ideas!
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