I don’t make it like this. I may use grilled chicken breasts cut up & canned broth, but it’s all about the same. Right?
This one is good for potlucks, covered dish dinners, or picnics. Works well with egg noodles, or any of those Amish looking packaged noodles. Don’t be stingy on the butter. This isn’t health food. Carrots or celery added in may make it a bit more like chicken noodle soup without the broth. The broth is only to keep the noodles barely wet and the chicken from drying out. I may mix some spices in with the breadcrumbs too. Maybe poultry seasoning?
Made this for dinner last night, it was pretty tasty. I baked the chicken breasts instead of boiling. I used full-size breasts, rubbed with olive oil and peppered, and roasted them at 375° for about 45 minutes.
I’d use Miracle Whip instead of mayo if I was doing it, but there’s not enough to taste the difference. We also generally add a 2nd can of cream of chicken soup so there’s more (& thicker) gravy. We have used the light Miracle Whip and the “healthy request” can of chicken soup with no discernible difference.
Obviously, a rotisserie chicken makes this go a little more quickly. Ha ha. Also, I like to grill the chicken breasts on the counter-top electric grill rather than boil them. Seems easier, and I like the dark edges.
This is one of my favorie meals, it lasts for lunches for days or freezes well. I like ’em with a side of nice fresh green beans.
Also… you could change it up with Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery or Cream of whatever soup… Not sure how you’d adapt to a vegetarian/vegan version if you wanted to… I know Campbell’s “cream of” soups have “natural flavors” that could have once been alive & self-aware… and I’m not sure about stove-top stuffing but I’m sure there’s chicken flavoring in there.
We’ve also done this with leftover Turkey & stuffing after Thanksgiving.
A while ago, I saw some Ciabatta buns in a 2-pack at my local Giant Eagle, and I thought that they were perfect for my wife & I because we didn’t have to buy 6 or 8 at a time and let some go bad by the time we got around to eating them all. Around that time, we had some leftover chicken breasts that had been prepared Shake ‘n Bake style the night before. Out of that, my favorite new sandwich was born.
We made some the other night, making he Shake ‘n Bake chicken exclusively for the sandwich, saving leftovers to top a salad the next day.
Here’s what you need to make two sandwiches…
1 2-pack of ciabatta buns
a few sprays or a spread of butter or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter or whatever passes for butter in your house
a sprinkle of garlic salt or your favorite spice(s)
a pack of your favorite chicken breasts
Shake ‘n Bake
Your favorite barbecue sauce (I generally like most BBQ sauces, so I go with whatever I’m in the mood for, or whatever’s on sale. – This time we used Bullseye, I think.)
All you need to cook it is your oven.
Prepare the chicken according to the Shake ‘n Bake directions.
Pull it out to cool, and get a cookie sheet ready with your buns.
Cut the buns in half, prepare like you would garlic bread, placing the Meunster cheese on the top half.
Pop that in the over at around 357° for less than 10 minutes or so… until it’s to the crispiness you desire.
Dice the chicken and place into a bowl… mix with desired amount of barbecue sauce.
Pull the bread out of the oven, top with BBQ-laced super-carby chicken and it’s the most awesome sandwich you’ve had in a while.
We served these with sautéed zucchini and yellow squash, and it was a nice compliment. Is the Shake ‘n Bake overkill? Probably. I like to think that it helps the sauce stick to the chicken, and prevents it from falling out all over your shirt or lap. Maybe you need to heighten your carb intake because you’re running a marathon or something. Maybe you just like being fat like me.
If they still made the Yuengling barbecue sauce, I’d totally use that for this. The Bob Evans Wildfire sauce is pretty awesome too. At any rate, if you’re not making these and you’re a fan of bread, breading, chicken, Meunster, and BBQ… then you don’t know what you’re missing.
Oh yeah, I think I put some Parmesan/Romano shake cheese and some Hot Shot pepper on mine this past time too.