I initially hesitated to post this recipe because I knew it wouldn’t photograph very well, but what the heck? It’s too yummy not to share.
I’m not usually one for recipe repeats (unless I’m entertaining), but I’ve made this dish twice in the past couple of weeks. Both times, I was motivated by the need to use an excess amount of spinach in my refrigerator. (I can’t pass up organic baby spinach at Costco since, at under $4, it’s less than the tiny containers I would get at the regular grocery store. A pound of spinach is a lot of spinach, though!) The first time was a test; the second time, I knew I’d be making something absolutely delicious.
What do I like about this recipe (besides the flavor, obviously)? I like that it uses fresh spinach instead of the frozen stuff, since I think fresh tastes so much better. I like that it incorporates the convenience of rotisserie chicken. I also appreciate that there isn’t much prep work, since the only ingredient that requires chopping is one onion. (I used jarred minced garlic.) I love that it can be made ahead, though I haven’t taken advantage of that option just yet. Here’s the dish after Dr. O and I had devoured half of it:
Think of this dish as creamed spinach with shredded chicken and fabulous, salty toasted bread on top. If that appeals to you (and it does to me!), you’ll love this dish. I also enjoy that I get something super creamy that isn’t completely nutritionally devastating because the base is made with half-and-half instead of cream.
Note: I baked this in a 1 1/2-quart Corningware dish, and I’ll admit that the amount of food the recipe produces isn’t huge. This is perfect for Dr. O and me to have dinner with enough left over for one person’s lunch the next day. If you wanted to serve four (or even six) adults, I would double the recipe. Also, be generous with seasoning during the cooking process. It makes all the difference.
Recipe link: Chicken and Spinach Casserole