|Chicken Caserole – Tavuk Gratin|
This is a very healthy, tasty comfort food. No mayonnaise, no canned soups in the sauce. Just chicken, veggies and home- made white sauce similar to Béchamel sauce (no milk) and some cheese. Kids of all ages love it. It goes well with rice or pasta on the side.
- 1 medium whole chicken
- Water for boiling chicken
- 1 package frozen peas and carrots
- 1 cup water for cooking peas and carrots
- 1+1 teaspoons paprika
- 2 heaping table spoons flour
- ½ stick of butter
- 3 cups grated jack cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the sauce, melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Stir in the flour, whisking constantly over medium heat about 4-5 minutes. Slowly add about 2 cups of chicken stock left over from boiling the chicken, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. You may need to add more or less than 2 cups. It should have the consistency of yogurt. Bring to a simmer , remove from heat. If the sauce is lumpy, you can use a hand mixer to make it smooth.
Bake until the cheese melts, about 20-30 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake until the top is golden brown.
Afiyet Olsun! Bon Appetit!
|Shredded chicken placed in an oven safe dish|
|Peas and carrots cooked, strained|
|Peas and carrots mixed with the white sauce|
|Peas and carrots mixture spread over the chicken|
|Grated cheese sprinkled over the dish|
|Chicken Caserole, ready to be served|