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Chicken and Kale Casserole

Recipe photo courtesy of Anna Williams

This is a hearty and healthy baked pasta dish for the whole family.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2011
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  • lemonyzephyr
    1 FEB, 2018
    This was definitely dry - after reading reviews, I made some adjustments making 2 variations in 2x square pans which helped. I think if I made it again, I'd use way less ricotta than in the recipe - probably about half as much as it calls for. For my adjustments, I added store bought pesto (4 big teaspoonfulls) as well as a cup of sundried tomatoes packed in oil - I omitted the lemon zest. The olive oil really helped the moisture. For the second variation, I added the juice of 2 lemons and the zest of two lemons and this was bright and delicious. I also drizzed some olive oil on both which kept things more moist.
  • MS10343061
    26 JAN, 2018
    very dry...I added a little heavy cream and grated mozzarella. Also, too much pasta
  • lfoster423847015
    1 OCT, 2017
    Needs more salt, pepper, garlic, ital seasoning and liquid. lots more liquid.
  • rosemamyfallgm
    5 OCT, 2016
    I noticed a lot of people were complaining about this recipe being bland, I tried it out and made a few tweaks, including adding cumin, paprika, and herbs. I also added pasta water and milk to the cheese mixture to make it more of a sauce. Turned out great! -Rose Fall, blogger at Eat Sleep Reheat
  • Brandymarie23
    7 SEP, 2015
    I came across this recipe because it looks easy and I love the combination of ingredients. I haven't made it yet but I can almost guarantee why people have said its bland. You're adding an entire tub of ricotta without seasoning it. Try adding salt, pepper, an egg, some fresh thyme or any other herb to the ricotta before adding it. Depending on your chicken you might want to season that too. Adding seasoning to every layer creates a tasty dish!
  • MS12235365
    12 AUG, 2015
    I tried this recipe and with a few changes adding cream to the kale mixture and added salt and pepper as I went along. I also season the chicken before I added it to the mixture.
  • John Stafford Ryals
    12 JAN, 2015
    I made this recipe for my wife, mother-in-law, and myself. The only one that enjoyed it was the disposal.
  • HomeStager
    20 JAN, 2014
    We made this last night with spinich. It was incredibly bland! I think we will play with adding spices to this the next time we make it to give it more flavor. The combination of ingredients are fine, it just doesn't have any other background flavoring beyond the creaminess. We think the chicken could be seasoned before adding it to the sauce as well as using a white onion instead of a yellow one. Taste the food at each step to make sure it has a better balance beyond the cream flavor.
  • Jenna B
    8 NOV, 2013
    I added some heavy whipping cream during the kale sauté process, as well as some thyme. It all baked up nicely and we didn't find it to be dry or bland, at least not with the additions we made. It was yummy! And we have leftovers for days (just the 2 of us), which is awesome because we work from home and often need a quick lunch (really, we just forget to eat lunch until we're starving and then it's like "Feed me now, ahhhhh!"). I recommend it; kind of like a white lasagna, you could say.
  • twinca
    30 AUG, 2013
    I made this tonight (because I've just discovered kale is a pretty tasty thing!) and I found it has a good flavor, but like others have said it is very dry. I used 36oz of ricotta. After pouring it into the baking dish I thought it really needed something more so I added a little mozzarella cheese to the top. It is very tasty and the lemon zest gives it a different twist but next time I'll add some sort of cream sauce. This time a dollop of sour cream on top of my serving did the trick!

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