Creamy Chicken Casserole

This is a yummy recipe that makes a lot without too much effort. I have made this a couple times at the date of this post, and prefer to make the cream mixture and just pour it over the pasta, rather than combine the pasta with the cream mixture. That way if I have extra sauce, I can freeze it for later (since you can’t freeze cooked pasta!). This recipe could also be served over rice instead of noodles.

4-5 chicken breasts
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil (or garlic flavored oil, if you want extra flavor)
2 cups sour cream
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
salt & pepper to taste (we happen to like lots of salt & pepper)
2 1/2 cups frozen vegetables** (any kind; I use the carrots/corn/peas/green beans mix)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 oz. noodles, cooked & drained

**Cook frozen vegetables before adding to the creamy mixture.

To cook the chicken:

  1. Heat 5-liter waffle bottom pressure cooker until drops of water roll into balls.
  2. Place boneless skinless chicken breast in pan.
  3. Fry on medium heat until chicken releases itself from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Turn over with a pigtail.
  5. Brown second side for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add oil and onion. Saute until onion is translucent.
  7. Place lid on cooker. Bring to the second red ring and maintain for 5 minutes.
  8. Drop pressue with cold water on the rim of the pan.
  9. Shred the hot chicken in the Bosch with the wire whips (make sure the chicken is hot and don’t do too much at one time! The bowl and whips can break!!)

Cream mixture

  1. Mix together sour cream, sour cream, soup, cooked vegetables, and cheese.
  2. Add this mixture to the pressure cooker with shredded chicken & onions.
  3. Simmer with glass lid on until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add noodles. Mix gently and serve.

Source:  Shar Lomax

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Chicken Pasta Salad with Cashews & Cranberries

This is a fabulous pasta salad dish for a large group of people.  I made a single recipe of this and took it over for a dinner of 13 people and had to BEG them to all take some leftovers home.  It was a ton, but Oh So Yummy!

SALAD:
1 lb Potpourri Pasta (or whatever you have on hand), cooked, drained & cooled
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
5 stalks celery, sliced thin
15 oz. water chestnuts, drained & diced
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups red grapes cut in half
1 – 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits
15 oz. can Mandarin oranges
1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
2 cups chicken, cooked, cooled & diced

DRESSING:
12 oz. sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

Combine salad ingredients. Top with dressing. & Fold together. Let chill in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving to allow flavors to marry together. Serve and enjoy!