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Shaker Chicken Pudding

A warm and comforting casserole with apples, onions, and chicken its primary ingredients. Shaker Chicken Pudding is an Historic recipe, reimagined.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, best chicken casserole, chicken, chicken casserole, cooking with apples, dairy, easy, fall recipes, homemade bread crumbs, make chicken breasts, ultimate chicken casserole, ultimate comfort food, under 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 529kcal
Cost: $1.02 per serving

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    Ingredients for Shaker Chicken Pudding

    • 2 - 3 cups leftover white meat rotisserie or cooked chicken breasts diced into 1 x 1-inch cubes
    • 1 cup apples diced, about 1 large or 2 medium-sized apples
    • 1 cup sweet onion such as Vidalia rough chopped
    • 1 cup celery chopped
    • 4 ounces salted butter
    • 4 ounces fresh pressed apple cider divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • pinch fresh nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 12 ounces cream may substitute whole milk
    • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs may substitute homemade bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs


    The Method

    • Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking dish by liberally greasing with 1 ounce of butter. Set aside.
    • In a medium non-stick sauté pan, gently sauté apples, onion, and celery in 2 ounces of the butter until soft. Add cider, nutmeg, salt and pepper. NOTE: you may either peel your apples or leave the skin on. I use two apples, peeling one and leaving the skin on the other.
    • Simmer on very low heat, covered, for 1/2 hour until the vegetables are very soft.
    • Melt the remaining 1 ounce of butter and add the flour to the melted butter. Whisk until the flour is incorporated.
    • To the pan of vegetables, add the flour mixture and the cream and bring to a boil. Allow to cook over high heat for 2 minutes. The mixture will thicken. Remove from the heat. Add chicken and stir.
    • In a medium bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with 2 ounces of melted butter. Stir to combine. NOTE: if using homemade bread crumbs, consider adding dried herbs to enhance their flavor such as oregano, basil, and marjoram.
    • Pour the chicken mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until casserole bubbles. Serve over Spätzle, wide noodles, or rice.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1475IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.