Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cheesy Chicken & Avocado Casserole

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GUYS, this was so good. I've been craving a good stuffed avocado recently but have not been able to track one down in my town. So I took a leap and attempted to make my own version! I thought about this for a long time and finally decided to make a sort of casserole. It didn't turn out quite as.... tex-mex as I'd like it but it was still freakin' delicious! I have a few things in mind to change for the next go around but that's for another post. Here's what I did:

3 Avocados 
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast 
Cheese- I used this a mexican blend 
Half an onion
Cream or half & half
A dollop of sour cream 
Bread crumbs 
A few tablespoons of butter

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Throughly cook chicken. I like to create a pocket with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Before baking, you can season it like I did with some salt, pepper, and possibly cayenne pepper. 
Shred with two forks... 
And stir in the cheese, I ended up using this whole 8 oz. packet 
Chop up your onion and sautte with some butter or oil (I don't remember what I used)
While you're waiting for those to cook a little, slice up your avocados and create a layer of them in whatever baking dish you plan to use. 
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(these aren't perfect but whatev)
After your onions have become a bit translucent (and not as brown as mine!) add in a little cream or half and half. I used half and half so I put quite a bit in. This can be optional though and you could probably do without.
Then toss in your chicken mixture. 
I also added a large scoop of sour cream. You could even use cream cheese? 
Stir that around until the cheese just starts to melt. Scoop that into your baking dish on top of the avocados. 
I probably used about a cup of bread crumbs and 3-4 tablespoons of butter. Cut the butter into the bread crumbs and evenly spread that on top of the chicken mixture. 
I cooked this at probably 375 for about 20 minutes (or until the bread crumbs start to brown). I actually tried to put the broiler on the last 5 minutes and burnt the top! I was able to scrape off the top layer though and it was fine..... so don't do that. 
And serve while hot! 

Looking at these pictures is making my mouth water. I can't WAIT to make this again. I wonder if cream cheese instead of sour cream would be better? I suppose I'll have to find out! Also, this does not make good left overs because avocado doesn't save well.... so eat it all the first night! (shouldn't be a problem) 

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