Lazy Chicken Casserole

I’m always on the search for a good lazy dinner, those dinners that require the least amount of effort and time but worth eating. I do a lot with chicken, and I love casseroles. You throw a bunch of crap into the 9×13 pan last second and stick it in the oven, and you can throw in anything that sounds good together based on what you got. You can even use raw minute rice with enough liquids and it cooks in the oven.

One chicken casserole that’s top awesomelicious in my house is where I throw in cooked chicken chunks, a bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower, some fresh broccoli, a couple cans of broccoli cheese soup, a can to can and a half of heavy whipping cream (instead of the water or milk as recommended on the can for soup), and then top it off with shredded cheddar and bread crumbs and bake until bubbly and cheese is melted.  We even got my friend’s kid who HATES broccoli, HATES IT with a fiery passion, to eat some of it minus the broccoli chunks and love it.  The whipping cream is what makes the sauce awesomesauce. 

The biggest pain in the arsenal with this casserole is cooking the chicken first because it takes time, and then I have to pay attention to what I’m doing (rolling eyes to the left wondering if that’s really as bad as it sounds)…   I’ve tried some short cuts like canned chicken, and that tastes a lot like tuna. Wasn’t the same. Nope, not at all.

I found an all new low of laziness recently. Instead of buying raw chicken breast like I do and boil it, I drove through Wendy’s and paid $4.19 per grilled chicken breast patty, and they even chopped it up for me. I’m such a June Cleaver because I learned from the lady at the drive thru window that Tyson makes frozen bags of cooked chicken breasts, already chopped up. It took me a minute to find it at my Walmart, and she’s right. It was like seven bucks for the bag, but still, faster and easier than raw chicken. I’ve come to find out many women already know about this Tyson chicken, so I feel a little inferior.

What have I learned from this? Next time, I’m asking my neighbor to bring home some grilled chicken from Wendy’s because he works at Wendy’s and gets employee discounts.  Now that’s lazy on the cheap and exactly what I’m looking for, and it comes with free delivery. 



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