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Nutted Chicken-Rice Noodle Casserole

Updated April 27, 2016

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Beard on Pasta

Published by Running Press

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

I first had this in a Danish restaurant in Seattle at least forty years ago, and I just loved the crust of buttery, crunchy sliced almonds. I suppose we should offer it to some prima donna, because it’s very much like Chicken Tetrazzini. Perhaps, in honor of its Scandinavian origin, we should call it Chicken Nilsson.

6 servings

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Total Timehalf-day

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Mealdinner

Moodadventurous, blue

Taste and Texturebuttery, cheesy, creamy, crunchy, meaty, nutty, rich, savory

Type of Dishcasserole

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac
  • 1½ teaspoons salt; less, if you use canned chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • 3 cups poached chicken, removed from the bone
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds, toasted

Instructions

  1. Cover the noodles with cold water, and let them soak for 3 to 4 hours. If you use ordinary wheat noodles, cook them in boiling water, drain, and set them aside.

  2. To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Mix the flour into the melted butter and cook it slowly, stirring all the time, for 2 to 3 minutes, until the roux is well blended. Stir in the chicken broth and cook until the sauce is smooth, thick, and at the boiling point. Add the cream, Cognac, salt, pepper, tarragon, and Tabasco, and cook briefly to heat through and blend the flavors. An additional tablespoon of butter swirled in at this point will give an even richer sauce. Add the chicken to the pan, taste, and correct the seasoning.

  3. Arrange the noodles in a buttered baking dish. Spoon the chicken mixture evenly over them, and cover the chicken with a good layer of toasted almonds. Dot with butter. Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes, when the top should be brown and crunchy, an absolutely delicious finish.

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