Chicken in the Nest Chicken Casserole Recipe

Chicken in the Nest Recipe

Our family chicken casserole recipe.
Our family chicken casserole recipe. | Source

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4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Chicken in the Nest Casserole

A Hearty Dinner to Cook with Kids

Cooking with kids is always a great activity, and becomes even more meaningful when sharing old recipes from the family cookbook. My husband's family frequently made "chicken in the nest" for winter meals. This chicken casserole features a stuffing "nest" surrounding a creamy chicken sauce containing carrots, peas, and chicken.

Perfect for a cold night, this dinner is wonderful when it is piping hot. If you desire, you can replace the boxed stuffing mix with stuffing made from scratch - to save a little time, I simply use a box of stuffing mix from the store to form the bowl. Everything else, of course, is made from scratch.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Serves 10 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1" cubes
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup peas
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion, optional
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 package stuffing mix, prepared

Chicken in the Nest Preparation Photos

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My six year old son grates carrots.My four year old son measures 2/3 cup shredded carrots.My four year old discovers various methods of measuring 1 cup frozen peas.Measuring 1/2 cup cream. We often use light cream in this recipe.My four year old pats down the stuffing "nest."My six year old smells the sage.Whisk the flour and butter together.Add the cream to the broth and chicken mixture.Mix the chicken mixture until it is thick and bubbly. Then pour into the stuffing nest and bake!
My six year old son grates carrots.
My six year old son grates carrots. | Source
My four year old son measures 2/3 cup shredded carrots.
My four year old son measures 2/3 cup shredded carrots. | Source
My four year old discovers various methods of measuring 1 cup frozen peas.
My four year old discovers various methods of measuring 1 cup frozen peas. | Source
Measuring 1/2 cup cream. We often use light cream in this recipe.
Measuring 1/2 cup cream. We often use light cream in this recipe. | Source
My four year old pats down the stuffing "nest."
My four year old pats down the stuffing "nest." | Source
My six year old smells the sage.
My six year old smells the sage. | Source
Whisk the flour and butter together.
Whisk the flour and butter together. | Source
Add the cream to the broth and chicken mixture.
Add the cream to the broth and chicken mixture. | Source
Mix the chicken mixture until it is thick and bubbly. Then pour into the stuffing nest and bake!
Mix the chicken mixture until it is thick and bubbly. Then pour into the stuffing nest and bake! | Source

Chicken in the Nest Preparation

  1. Cook chicken according to your favorite method (I usually use 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts). In general, I boil our chicken breasts as it is fast and efficient for use in this recipe.
  2. Cut the chicken into 1" cubes and refrigerate. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the stuffing mix according to package instructions. When cool, press the stuffing mix into a casserole dish to form a "nest."
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan or deep skillet. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the chicken broth to the flour/butter mixture and stir over heat until thickened.
  6. Add the sage, thyme, green onions (if using), chicken, shredded carrots, and peas. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour the chicken mixture into the stuffing nest. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This sounds fabulous! I love the combo of chicken, stuffing and veggies. Will definitely make it for us big kids!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

We love this dinner in the winter. The fat content is a little high, but we have a child who struggles to maintain body weight - so this dinner is perfect for our family!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

This sounds really delicious! You could also use a rotisserie chicken and save even more time on this recipe. Rated up - best, Steph


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Stephhicks, that is a great idea! I might have to keep that in mind - cooking the chicken prior to making the rest of the meal is the most time consuming step. Using rotisserie chicken would definitely be a huge time saver!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

What a great recipe! I'm going to give this one a try to I like Steph's idea for using the rotisserie chicken as well!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Cara! It is really tasty and gets veggies into the kids' diets. We make this one to help bulk Nolan up, too - for adults who want to skip out on the extra fat content, you can simply not eat (or use) the stuffing "nest," since that is where most of the fat is!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Leah,

This makes me think of Thanksgiving and how to use leftovers. Would be great made with leftover turkey also. Sounds really tasty! Enjoy seeing the photos of your kids helping to make this recipe. Looks like they are having fun. Up votes!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Peggy, that is a fantastic idea. I don't know why I never thought of it! We always have a lot of leftover turkey AND stuffing from Thanksgiving, and this would be a very easy dinner to make with the leftovers!


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LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

This sounds so good since the weather is getting cold again. My kids are going to love making this recipe.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, LA Elsen! This is a cold-weather favorite in our house. It is very rich and creamy, and is wonderful when it is piping hot out of the oven!

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