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Roasted Chicken with Green Bean Casserole

Roasted chicken and green bean casserole are two classic American dishes in and of themselves but together the two provide a nutrient-packed meal with a fantastic balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Many people often look to French’s or Campbell’s green bean casserole recipes but we prefer our, made from scratch cream base coupled with fresh oven-roasted chicken to bring delight to our weekly meal prep menu.

Green beans are a fantastic addition to your diet, providing large amounts of Vitamin C, A, and K, in addition to other valuable minerals. Green beans are also great for a heart healthy diet considering they have zero cholesterol, low sodium (6.6mg per 1 cup) and soluble fiber. 

Ease of Making: Medium

How to Cook Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

It’s easy to make our recipe for green bean casserole ahead, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps:

  1. Cook the onions, mushrooms and garlic until softened
  2. Make your roux, with butter and milk and add to onion and mushroom mixture
  3. Stir in the rest of your ingredients, except green beans and cook until the concoction has thickened
  4. Add in your green beans and stir well
  5. Finally, add to a baking dish and top with cheese to bake

Meal Prep Tips for Roasted Chicken with Green Bean Casserole

How long does roasted chicken last in the fridge?

Roasted chicken can last up to 4 days in the fridge. It can also lend itself to many other easy recipes as well like: buffalo chicken salad, regular chicken salad or add it to the top of your lunchtime greens for a quick protein.

How long to roast a chicken?

Roast times depend on the cut of chicken you are using, in this recipe we are using chicken quarters. We suggest roasting at 425° for 35 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

What can I substitute for cream of mushroom soup in a green bean casserole?

  • In our green bean casserole recipe we make our cream base from scratch instead of a can but you could certainly use either.  If you’re wondering, what to substitute for cream of mushroom soup in a green bean casserole,  look no further. You’ve got several options for substitutions and can still be known for the best green bean casserole in town.
    • 1 can of cream of celery soup
    • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
    • 1 cup of sour cream
    • 4 ounces of light cream cheese, 1 12-oz pack of mushrooms sliced, 2tbls butter, and 1 cup of milk
    • 1 cup of milk and 4 oz of cream cheese
    • Play around with your favorite substitutions until you get your flavor right. You can even add chicken broth to get a chicken forward flavor if that’s what you’re looking for.

How to steam green beans for homemade green bean casserole:

Our recipe calls for fresh, not steamed green beans for our green bean casserole. This allows for the green beans to bake in the oven in the mix of the other ingredients, absorbing flavors without becoming soggy. 

How do you thicken green bean casserole?

If you notice your green bean casserole is a bit on the runny side, you can add in a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with a little bit of water), one tablespoon at a time until your mix reaches your desired consistency. 

How to freeze green bean casserole: (Does it freeze well)

Our easy green bean casserole is perfect for freezing. Should you decide to make an extra, or freeze what you have on hand, you’ll find that green bean casserole freezes well. When you’re ready to reheat your frozen casserole, simply pop it up in the oven for 40 minutes at 350°. Cook times may vary depending on the size and type of your dish.   

What to do with leftover green bean casserole

Not everyone or every family can put down an entire casserole dish of green beans in one sitting, so it’s understandable that you may be wondering what you can do with your leftovers. Here are a few ideas:

  • Potpie
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Add to hash
  • Soup

Roasted Chicken with Green Bean Casserole

This Roasted Chicken and Green Bean Casserole is family favorite and a Holiday crowd pleaser.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 each chicken leg quarters
  • 12 oz fresh green beans
  • 1/2 each small white onion
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 each garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, 2 baking dishes, parchment paper, saute pan, tongs
  • Pre-Heat oven to 425F
  • Season chicken with oregano, thyme, paprika, and half of the garlic powder, onion powder, salt. Drizzle with olive oil. Place it in a baking dish lined with parchment paper
  • Dice onions, slice mushrooms, and mince garlic

Cooking Method:

  • Place the chicken in the oven and bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a saute pan on medium high heat. Saute the onions, mushrooms, and garlic until they soften.
  • Then, add butter and flour to make a roux (paste). Stir until it is completely mixed.
  • Next, add heavy cream and the rest of the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Simmer until it thickens into half the amount. Then, add the green beans and mix well.
  • Place the green beans in a baking dish that has been greased. Top it off with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from the oven once all items have cooked. Eat and enjoy!

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How To Make Beef Tamale Casserole

beef tamale

Tamales are a common and popular dish among Spanish, Mexican, and Latin cultures. Typically they are corn-filled dough that is filled with various meats and vegetables. Beef tamales are most notably the fan-favorite and let us say, we are fans. Making individual, traditional tamales can not only be time-consuming but it is also difficult. We thought we’d take these classic tamale flavors and turn them into a flavor-packed beef tamale casserole that is easy to prep and portion for your busy week ahead. 

Ease of Making: Medium

How to Make Beef Tamale Casserole

Beef tamale casserole is typically made by layering cornbread, tamale sauce and seasoned ground beef in a way that mimics the traditional tamale. Casseroles make for easy dishes to feed a family, to make ahead and freeze or to keep for the week and have a warm hearty meal every day. Casseroles are popular because you can put a variety of items in the deep baking dishes and quickly pop it in the oven. If you find that you aren’t a fan of ground beef, you can easily sub in ground chicken, turkey, or any other protein in this dish and make it to your liking. We like our dishes to be quick, easy and flexible for your cooking needs. 

Our beef tamale casserole can also be topped with some of your favorite Mexican inspired ingredients like jalapenos, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, or pico de gallo! 

There are three main components of a casserole: pieces of meat, vegetables, and some sort of starchy binder. Each component serves a purpose of its own. 

  • Starch  – We use a cornbread base to hold up to the flavors of the seasoned meat and vegetables but you can use a variety of starches in casseroles. Potatoes, pasta, rice, or any other grain can serve as an excellent starch in your casserole to bring it together.
  • Pieces of meat – Ground beef is used in this beef tamale casserole but when making a casserole you can use practically any type of protein. Have fun and experiment!
  • Vegetables – There’s no limit to the types of vegetables you can put inside a casserole and oftentimes, casseroles are packed with veggies and you won’t even know it. 

How to Cook Beef Tamale Casserole

Start by preheating your oven, we cook our beef tamale casserole at 400℉. Next, you will want to prep the cornbread layer of your dish, your base. Once mixed add your cornbread mixture to a greased baking dish that is deep enough to hold the rest of the casserole and bake for 20-25 minutes.

It is necessary to brown meat before stewing so that the meat is not raw when you cook and add it to the cooked cornbread layer. While the cornbread bakes, you will add your onions to a hot saute pan with oil and cook until softened. Add in the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up into smaller pieces as it cooks. After the meat has cooked, add in your seasonings and sauce.

Remove your cornbread from the oven and carefully layer on your beef and sauce mixture, followed by the remaining vegetables and a layer of cheese to the cooked cornbread and return to the oven to finish baking. This should only take about 5-10 minutes for your cheese to melt. Once your cheese is melted on top, remove your casserole from the oven and serve.  

Meal Prep Tips for Beef Tamale Casserole

  • Reheat your casserole prep in the oven by covering tightly with foil and heating for 20 minutes at 400℉.
  • If at any point you notice your casserole getting too brown or starting to burn, you can cover your dish with tin foil for the remainder of the baking process. This helps protect the top layer of the dish and prevent scorched meat and cheese. 

Beef Tamale Casserole

Layers of cornbread, tamale sauce, and seasoned beef make this the perfect comfort food dish for you and your family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 each small white onion
  • 1 each green bell pepper
  • 1 each roma tomato
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Cornbread batter recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: mixing bowl, whisk, baking dish, cutting board, knife, saute pan, spatula
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • Dice bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and green onions into small pieces

Cooking Method:

  • First, prepare the cornbread. In a mixing bowl, add the egg, sugar, yogurt, and vegetable oil. Stir, until thoroughly mixed.
  • Then, add the baking powder, flour, and cornmeal. (best to mix in the dry ingredients in batches so that the mixture does not clump)
  • Place the batter in a greased baking dish and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the center is fully cooked.
  • Next, prepare the taco meat. Add oil to a heated pan on medium high heat. Saute the onions until they soften.
  • Add the ground beef and break into smaller pieces. Continue to cook until it has turned golden brown. Then add the spices and tomato sauce. Continue to stir the beef until it is fully cooked.
  • Remove the cornbread from the oven. Carefully add the ground beef mixture on top. Then, layer the rest of the vegetables on top.
  • Finally, add shredded cheese on top and place it back into the oven for 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from the oven, and carefully scoop out a serving. Eat and enjoy!

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