Chinese Chicken Casserole

This Chinese Chicken Casserole is a quick and easy dinner made with leftover holiday turkey or chicken or your neighborhood grocer’s rotisserie chicken. It’s easy, healthy and perfect for the busy weeknights.

Chinese Chicken Casserole | 2 Cookin Mamas Use your holiday leftovers or a rotisserie chicken to make this delicious Chinese Chicken Casserole. Easy, healthy and perfect for the busy work week. #chicken #casserole #dinner #chinese #glutenfree #turkey #chowmein

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Our family had such a fun time together, and being able to connect with the other half of the Cookin’ Mamas is always a blast, not to mention being able to play with my sweet little grandson. 🙂 And my gluten-free Thanksgiving went off perfectly and no one could tell anything was different from our normal holiday meal. Woohoo! (picture me dancing all around the kitchen with a big smile on my face)

Now that the big feast is over, and everyone has gone home (boo hoo), my husband and I have plenty of leftovers to eat up and I mean plenty! Now all you people that are poo-pooing leftovers, listen up! You are missing out on some really delicious meals that are perfect for the busy holiday season coming up!

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I love the challenge of creating after-the-feast recipes and changing them up so no one even knows they are eating leftovers. The recipes are usually quick and easy too since the meat is already cooked. In fact, if you have any recipes that you love that use rotisserie chicken, just sub in chopped turkey and you are good to go!

Chinese Chicken Casserole take a bite|2CookinMamas

I have found that if you take an international slant on the leftovers, it is so different from our American Thanksgiving feast, they won’t even associate the meals with the same turkey. So go Italian with our easy Italian Chicken Noodle Casserole or, maybe Mexican with a Southwestern Chicken Casserole or go way out with an Asian twist and make this easy Chinese Chicken Casserole.

Enjoy!

CHINESE CHICKEN CASSEROLE
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This Chinese Chicken Casserole is a quick and easy dinner made with leftover holiday turkey or chicken or your neighborhood grocer's rotisserie chicken. It's easy, healthy and perfect for the busy weeknights.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keywords: asian, casserole, chicken, chow mein, dinner, zucchini
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 332 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 zucchini,  washed
  • Sea salt
  • 3-4 cups cooked turkey, chopped or 1 rotisserie chicken, chopped or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • Sesame oil (if using raw chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup carrots, grated (I used a pre-grated package)
  • 1 cup snow peas, fresh from produce section
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup cashew pieces
  • 3/4 cup crunchy chow mein noodles Goldbaums makes a gluten-free version(optional)
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom (Pacific Organic makes a gluten-free version)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons Hoisin sauce (check for Joyce Chen's gluten-free version)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari soy sauce
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large oval casserole dish with a non-stick spray.
  2. Using a mandolin, julienne your zucchini with narrow blades into noodles. 

  3. Place in a colander, salt generously and let sit over a bowl for at least 30 minutes. This will get most of the moisture out of the zucchini that would dilute the dish. When ready to add to dish, carefully squeeze one last time to get any remaining moisture out of the noodles.

  4. While zucchini is sweating, prepare chicken if using raw chicken.

  5. Season chicken with salt & pepper. 

  6. Heat sesame oil in large skillet and cook chicken thoroughly. Drain and place in large bowl. 

  7. Follow directions from here for cooked chicken. To the same skillet, add a little more sesame oil, if needed, and saute celery, carrot, snow peas, green onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Place vegetables in bowl with chicken. 

  8. Add zucchini noodles, 1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup chow mein noodles and pinch of cayenne to the bowl with chicken and sauteed vegetables.

  9. In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingredients together then add to chicken-vegetable mixture. Toss well. 
  10. Pour into prepared baking dish.

  11. Bake for 25 minutes then top with remaining nuts and chow mein noodles and cook for 5 additional minutes.
Nutrition Facts
CHINESE CHICKEN CASSEROLE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 568mg 24%
Potassium 603mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 79.9%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 18.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

What’s your favorite way to use leftovers?

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Use your holiday leftovers or a rotisserie chicken to make this delicious Chinese Chicken Casserole. Easy, healthy and perfect for the busy work week. #chicken #casserole #dinner #chinese #glutenfree #turkey #chowmein

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Mary Frances
    11/30/2015 at 4:29 pm

    Gluten free Thanksgiving!? That’s awesome! This is a great recipe, absolutely love it!

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