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Creamy Chicken-Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 c chopped red or yellow sweet pepper, or combination
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme or marjoram, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 c milk
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 2 c cooked brown or white rice
  • 12 oz diced chicken breast
  • 1/2 c finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In an extra-large skillet cook and stir mushrooms, sweet pepper, onion, and garlic in hot butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in flour, salt, thyme, and black pepper. Slowly stir in milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in spinach, rice, diced chicken, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
  2. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake about 10 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.