Chicken Spinach Artichoke Casserole

by Mary & Christina on April 22, 2011 · 5 comments

Can’t believe that it has already been four days since running the Boston Marathon!  By the way, if you havent read our  Boston Marathon race recap or weekend recap just click on the links!  The soreness is pretty much gone.  We are walking like normal human beings again…wohoo!  Still pretty exhausted, though.  Today we did some very light upper body lifting and minimal core work and we were absolutely exhausted in a mere fifteen minutes!  Definitely still in recovery mode.  Tomorrow I have decided to get into the pool to do a light workout (and maybe some core/weight lifting).  It will feel nice to get back into it…but believe me, I will be taking it very easy! I might even end up in the hot tub or sauna for most of the time! ;)

 

Anyway…onto the topic of today’s post…

Kristin (Iowa Girls Eats) has really been providing me with some fantastic recipes lately.  I’ve tried her Arancini Casserole, Caramel Apple Crisp and last but not least…I made her Chicken Spinach Artichoke Casserole!  I served this dish as part of the “sunday family dinner” I made for my friends a couple weeks back.  It came out delicious!!!  I have just been loving casserole/one-dish meals lately….makes things much more simple/easy!  This dish was a hit with my friends!  The spices and cheese added such a great flavor to the meal.  Even my friends who thought they “hated” artichokes (for some reason a lot of people think they hate artichokes without even giving them a chance) said that they loved the artichokes in this dish! Winner.  Try it out for yourself!  P.S. Sorry for the not-so-fantastic photos!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz.  dried bow tie pasta
  • 1 small  onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp.  butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups  milk
  • 1 tsp.  dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.  crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups  chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups  shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 14-oz. can  artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 10-oz. pkg.  frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup  oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped (I used roasted tomatoes- from Wegman’s)
  • 1/4 cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup  soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp.  paprika
  • 1 Tbsp.  butter, melted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In medium skillet cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.

2. In bowl whisk together eggs, milk, seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Stir in chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, half of the Parmesan, cooked pasta, and onion. Transfer to a 13x9x2-inch baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole.

3. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. In small bowl combine remaining Parmesan, bread crumbs, paprika, and melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over pasta. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more or until golden. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan April 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I’m making this for dinner! It’s in the oven as we speak!

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2 Shannon April 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

That would be delicious without the chicken too since I don’t eat eat. I think I’m gonna have to try it sometime!

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3 Karyn April 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm

the soreness is gone for me too but man, i am exhausted as well! i’ve been out cold every night and getting up in the morning is rough.

and one dish meals is where it’s at for me! love the simplicity of this one

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4 Natascia April 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Me & Dustin just drooled on the computer screen…we are definitely gonna make this dish!! I think Dustin is gonna start to follow you girls too, he loves to cook but he is ready to amplify his repertoire=)) I am too finally walk like a normal human being and I think I am gonna follow your lead and go relax in the hot tub! I LOVE the photo of the two of you smiling at the camera=)

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5 Gaby April 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

this looks like the most perfect weeknight dinner and I bet it’s super comforting too!!! Love it!

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