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Chicken & Wild Mushroom Casserole

with Porcini Béchamel Sauce

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    Est. 600 calories

In this recipe, you’ll be using delicious porcini mushrooms. This amazing variety is known for its intensely meaty and slightly truffled taste. Porcinis, though they’re sold commercially, are almost impossible to cultivate. They’re mostly foraged in the wild, where they appear clustered around the trunks of trees. Here, you’ll be using dried porcinis and rehydrating them. But soaking them in hot water doesn’t just plump the mushrooms up. It also creates a wonderful broth that you’ll use to flavor the béchamel sauce. We’re enjoying this one in all the ways, chefs!

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Cook the noodles:
1 Cook the noodles:

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the noodles. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water. Set aside. Rinse and wipe out the pot.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the noodles cook, preheat the oven to 450°F. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the white button mushrooms. Remove and discard the kale stems; roughly chop the leaves. Peel and thinly slice the carrot on an angle. Pick the thyme off the stems; discard the stems. Place the porcini mushrooms in a heat-proof bowl; add 1½ cups of hot water. Let stand for at least 10 minutes.

Cook & shred the chicken:
3 Cook & shred the chicken:

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken breasts and cook, loosely covering the pan with aluminum foil, 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate or cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken. (Use one fork to hold the chicken in place. Use the other fork to tear the chicken into small pieces.) Wipe out the pan.

Cook the vegetables:
4 Cook the vegetables:

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrot and white button mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until the carrot is softened and the mushrooms are lightly browned. While the vegetables cook, remove the porcini mushrooms from the bowl of hot water; reserve 1 cup of the porcini water. Roughly chop the porcini mushrooms and add them to the pan of cooked vegetables with the kale. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted.

Make the béchamel sauce & bake the casserole:
5 Make the béchamel sauce & bake the casserole:

In the pot used to cook the noodles, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the flour; cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until golden. Add the heavy cream and porcini water; cook, whisking occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in the thyme, Parmesan cheese and cooked vegetables, chicken and noodles; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a baking dish. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven.

Toast the breadcrumbs & finish your dish:
6 Toast the breadcrumbs & finish your dish:

While the casserole bakes, wipe out the pan used to cook the vegetables. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and heat on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and toast, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Top the baked casserole with the toasted breadcrumbs. Let stand for about 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Cook the noodles:
1 Cook the noodles:

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the noodles. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water. Set aside. Rinse and wipe out the pot.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the noodles cook, preheat the oven to 450°F. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the white button mushrooms. Remove and discard the kale stems; roughly chop the leaves. Peel and thinly slice the carrot on an angle. Pick the thyme off the stems; discard the stems. Place the porcini mushrooms in a heat-proof bowl; add 1½ cups of hot water. Let stand for at least 10 minutes.

Prepare the ingredients:
Cook & shred the chicken:
3 Cook & shred the chicken:

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken breasts and cook, loosely covering the pan with aluminum foil, 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate or cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken. (Use one fork to hold the chicken in place. Use the other fork to tear the chicken into small pieces.) Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the vegetables:

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrot and white button mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until the carrot is softened and the mushrooms are lightly browned. While the vegetables cook, remove the porcini mushrooms from the bowl of hot water; reserve 1 cup of the porcini water. Roughly chop the porcini mushrooms and add them to the pan of cooked vegetables with the kale. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted.

Cook the vegetables:
5 Make the béchamel sauce & bake the casserole:

In the pot used to cook the noodles, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the flour; cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until golden. Add the heavy cream and porcini water; cook, whisking occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in the thyme, Parmesan cheese and cooked vegetables, chicken and noodles; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a baking dish. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven.

6 Toast the breadcrumbs & finish your dish:

While the casserole bakes, wipe out the pan used to cook the vegetables. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and heat on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and toast, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Top the baked casserole with the toasted breadcrumbs. Let stand for about 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Toast the breadcrumbs & finish your dish: