Who doesn’t like a good casserole? Quick and easy to prepare, not to mention perfect to just pop into the oven after a long day of Holiday shopping!
My wife and I decided to twist up the traditional casserole and try a recipe we saw on the “All Recipes dinner spinner” app (yes, I am always thinking about food) on my tablet. After a few tweaks to the original recipe, a masterpiece was created.
Now I will warn you that you may look through the ingredients and think “really, that tastes good together?” YES! It has all the wonderful, rich flavors of a traditional casserole, with some Asian stir-fry-like flavors as well. In the end, it tasted awesome! I am ashamed to say that the two of us (more me than her) ate the entire dish…no leftovers. This creamy concoction has an almost addicting quality. Try it for yourself – you will not be disappointed!
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 medium sweet onion chopped
- 1 chopped red pepper
- 1 chopped green pepper
- 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- ¼ cup apricot jam
- 3 tablespoons PHILADELPHIA Original Cooking Crème (regular softened cream cheese works just the same)
- 1/2 lb. stir-fry udon noodles
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 5-6 Ritz crackers
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cook chicken in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 5 to 6 min. or until chicken is evenly browned.
- Stir in onions, peppers and 2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in cooking creme, remaining teriyaki sauce, and apricot jam.
- As the mixture is simmering, cook noodles according to package directions.
- Once all parts are cooked, spoon the mixture and noodles into a casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Mix everything together.
- Crush crackers and coat the top.
- Bake 15 to 20 min. or until heated through; top green onions.
Shortcut: Substitute 2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables, thawed and drained, for the onions and peppers.