Aunt Carole’s Microwavable Sherried Chicken and Spinach Casserole

18 Sep

Okay friends- the truth is that I use my microwave for storage. With the exception of microwave popcorn, I really don’t see the point of these things. Whatever–if Carrie Bradshaw can keep sweaters in her oven, I can keep pie tins in my microwave.

But, seeing as the rest of the world seems to find a use for this nearly-universal appliance, I present to you today: my Aunt Carole’s Sherried Chicken and Spinach casserole.  She made this for me in 2003 (back when I ate meat) and I have never forgotten it.   Imagine my shock when, after the fourth helping, I learned that the whole thing had been made in the microwave! My world was shattered. There are a lot of truly wonderful things about my Aunt Carole, not the least of which being that she always shares her most-delicious recipes.

Anyway, for those of you less-scandalized than I am by teeny tiny rays of energy that can cook a meal in a very small box, enjoy this delicious, too-easy-to-be-true casserole.

Aunt Carole’s Microwavable Sherried Chicken and Spinach Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 20 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 1.5 c shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 c shredded cheddar
  • 1 can (10 oz) cream of chicken soup
  • 3 TBS cooking sherry
  • 1/2-3/4 c breadcrumbs
  • paprika, to taste

Assembly

1. Combine onion and 1 TBS butter in large measuring cup. Cook on high (in microwave!) until onion is tender, about 3-4 minutes.

2. Add onion and butter to spinach and toss lightly. Spread in a 10-inch microwave safe baking dish (read: no aluminum!) and sprinkle chicken on top.

3. Combine soup, cheese, and sherry in a 1-qt bowl and mix well. Cook on high (in microwave!) for 4 minutes. Remove and stir to melt cheese. Pour cheese sauce over chicken.

4. Combine breadcrumbs and remaining butter (3 TBS) in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for 1 minute. Stir butter throughout bread crumbs to blend. Spread butter/crumb mixture on top of cheese sauce and sprinkle with paprika.

5. Cook uncovered on high for 10-12 minutes.

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