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Chicken And Artichoke Casserole

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Ingredients
  Parsley sprigs 2
  Celery 1
  Carrot 1 , quartered
  Bay leaf 1
  Thyme sprig/1 teaspoon dried thyme 1
  Broiler fryer 6 Pound, cut into pieces
  Salt 1 Tablespoon
  Ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Frozen artichoke hearts 20 Ounce, thawed (2 Packages)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Shredded cheddar cheese 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dry bread crumbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Savory 1 Teaspoon
  Thyme 1 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
Directions

Make a bouquet garni by tying together in a piece of cheesecloth the parsley, celery top, carrot, bay leaf, and thyme (use a long string so bouquet can easily be removed from pan).
Place chicken pieces, bouquet garni, salt, pepper, and water to cover in a large pan.
Cover and simmer about 1 hour, or until chicken is tender.
Cool chicken in stock.
Then remove meat from bones in good-sized pieces and arrange in 3-quart casserole along with artichoke hearts; reserve stock.
To make cheese sauce, melt butter and blend in flour until smooth.
Gradually add 2 cups of the chicken stock.
Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth.
Then stir in cheese and nutmeg.
Pour sauce over chicken and artichoke hearts.
Sprinkle with bread crumbs, savory, and thyme; dot with butter.
(At this point, you may refrigerate the casserole, covered, until you are ready to heat it for serving.) Bake, uncovered, in a moderate oven (350°) for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 8 servings.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet
Ingredient: 
Artichoke
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
100 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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