Rating: 3.47 stars
430 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 144
  • 3 star values: 129
  • 2 star values: 63
  • 1 star values: 17

Use the supermarket staple of rotisserie chicken in this comforting casserole. Combine shredded chicken with sauteed spinach in a cream sauce, pour into a baking dish, and top with torn bread. Serve your family this creamy, bubbling casserole for a cozy dinner.

Everyday Food, October 2010

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine bread with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt. Set aside. In a medium pot, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add spinach; season with salt. Cook, stirring, until wilted, 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander, let cool, then squeeze out water. Coarsely chop.

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  • Wipe pot clean and heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium. Add onion, garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 8 minutes.

  • Add wine to pot and cook until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in half-and-half. Add lemon juice and bring mixture to a boil over high.

  • Remove from heat and stir in chopped spinach and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish and top with bread pieces. Bake until bread is golden brown and mixture is bubbling, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Assemble and refrigerate this, uncooked, a day ahead. Add bread before baking.

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Reviews (15)

430 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 144
  • 3 star values: 129
  • 2 star values: 63
  • 1 star values: 17
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2019
»-(¯`v´¯)-» I made this and it was like a casserole of Spinach Artichoke Dip! I had read all the reviews of how bland this was.... So I spiced it up with sauteed mushrooms, more garlic, cayenne pepper, parm cheese (1 cup!) 1 can of artichoke hearts (drained, patted dry and chopped) I used 1/2 bag Frozen spinach that I cooked off the water in a frying pan and added the artichoke hearts to. I used sour dough AND pumpernickle bread with lots of spices, s&p and Parm cheese on top! I made more that I needed toasted them for extras! YUMMLY CHUMMLY!! »-(¯`v´¯)-»
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2019
I liked it, its mild tasting and delightful; hubby liked more lemon juice in it for brighter flavor, I like extra olive oil, salt and pepper on rustic bread to top the casserole before baking. Crunchy bread and creamy chicken/spinach go really well together.
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2018
This was a great recipe to use up some rotisserie chicken meat. I used sourdough on top. I added mushrooms, that’s the only addition I made. The suggestion of an herby bread, olive or something flavored sounds great. I would definitely add mushrooms again. I’ll try adding parmesan cheese or blue cheese, that sounds wonderful. I’d also add peas. Maybe a small amount of red pepper for a kick. This is great, but I’d definitely doctor it up a little.
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Rating: Unrated
08/19/2017
Martha I love yo in but this recipe is plain boring. It's a good idea starter tho. I used some day old homemade herb bread and added a lot of things to the casserole also including some herbs like Tumeric and salt and pepper and I didn't drain the spinich instead I added it towards the end after the wine cooked down a bit and cooked off the juices with the meat and onions and other goodies I added like purple colliflower, corn, green onions, mushrooms and coconut now milk and cream, and then layered some peppered cheese before I topped it with bread.
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2017
i also found the white roux sauce to be flavourless, as well as a bit thin (for my tastes anyway.) I added mushrooms and that helped some. I had used up the last of my powdered garlic and onion in mixing this together so i rummaged through the spice rack and decided on a bit of Italian seasoning. About half a teaspoon. I then added about half a tablespoon of liquid smoke. Then...i let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours until it was time for me to run it through the oven. I found that it had thickened up quite a bit. I still would add more to it though, maybe increase the onion, spinach and chicken all together. The end result was very nice though. I personally am not a fan of Italian Seasoning, but my dinner guests raved over this dish. I think this dish is an excellent choice that one can tweak to make their own! If anyone is interested, i used chicken breast i had cooked with a sous vide cooker.
Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2014
This recipe was good but does need a bit of help as I also found it a little lacking in flavor. Don't be shy on the garlic, definitely needs more. I might try adding mushrooms and peppers as suggested below. I too added parm cheese which was perfect. Pair with a crisp salad and bold wine and you have a nice weekday meal. Very easy to make.
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Rating: Unrated
01/26/2014
This was easy enough but too bland even though I doubled the garlic and used salt and pepper liberally, as indicated at different steps in the recipe. If I made it again I'd add mushrooms, maybe some roasted red pepper for color balance and definitely more spice. I used shredded Parmesan on top of the bread topping, and that helped. My husband and I both added some Sri Racha -- which I almost never agree with! -- after just one bite and that doctored it nicely.
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
FANTASTIC casserole. We used crunched up some saltines on top in addition to the bread. Very good. Very easy. Loved it and so did everyone else.
Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2013
Really great casserole! Reheats great as well. I added bleu cheese to add a little zip and it made it even better. I used sourdough for the torn bread which turned out to be a yummy way to use the round loaf ends. I will definitely be making this again soon.
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2013
I'm not a health nut but I don't see the point of 1 1/2 cups of half and half. I doubled the recipe and I used half a cup of half and half, half a cup of 1% milk. It was delicious and it didn't taste like a light diet dish because it still has olive oil and 1/2 cup of half and half in it.
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2012
I agree. This recipe should be doubled. My daughter and I killed it and I wanted to have enough for leftovers. I browned one large chicken breast. I also did not have any wine on hand and used chicken stock. Trader Joe's Olive baguette was perfect in this dish. I am going to make this over and over again this winter.
Rating: Unrated
08/28/2012
Delicious, easy and worth making. I pretty much doubled the recipe, though only had 2 cups of half and half, so added 2 1/2 tbsp on flour. Added some parmesan cheese to the bread - very good. Will be making this again
Rating: Unrated
01/05/2011
Super yummy! Instead of getting a rotisserie chicken, I roasted two chicken breasts and shredded. I also used 3/4 cup 1% milk and 3/4 cup half
Rating: Unrated
12/09/2010
This got rave reviews at our dinner table! I also suggest doubling this so you can enjoy it for more than one meal. The only change I made to what is written here was that instead of using half
Rating: Unrated
10/25/2010
Very tasty. I didn't have white wine on hand, so substituted it with 1/8 cup chicken broth and 1/8 cup white wine vinegar. As always, I used more garlic than the recipe called for. I will definitely be doubling this recipe the next time I make it!
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