Monday, December 28

Chicken-Egg-Cheese Casserole - KFC Redoux

Recipe Starts with KFC Leftovers
The only leftover I really enjoy is lemon meringue pie. That doesn't mean I don't use leftovers -- that would be throwing away money -- I just prefer my leftovers to look like something new.

As a special after-holiday treat, my sister and I decided to order take-out from KFC. It was just supposed to be two three-piece chicken dinners, with sides of mashed potatoes and kernel corn. Turns out it was cheaper to buy the eight-piece bucket of chicken that came with two sides, biscuits, and a half gallon of sweet tea -- and, ta da!, built-in leftovers. Time to get creative in the kitchen.

Chicken-Egg-Cheese Casserole Is Born

There really wasn't enough chicken for two people unless it became part of a different dish, entirely. I wanted to use the solar oven because it was such a beautiful, sunny, day, with a temperature of 46°F. The chicken was already cooked, it was simply a matter of using fresh binders.

Discarding both skin and bones, the chicken was chopped into small pieces and placed in a bowl. Next, came one 10-ounce can of cream of
chicken soup, 2/3 soup can of very hot tap water, the leftover 1/2 cup of kernel corn, three slices of cubed white bread with crusts removed, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon tarragon, and three medium eggs (room temperature). Mixture was then poured into a 8" x 8" lightly greased casserole dish. Spread 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese over the top with three slices of cheddar cheese, torn into strips, arranged over the mozzarella cheese, followed by a light sprinkling of parsley flakes and paprika for color.

A Light Solar-Cooked Dinner From Leftovers
It was 1:55PM when I placed the casserole in the 200-degree sun oven, using the SolarWear(tm) Heating Bag under it to create surrounding heat in a winter oven. I'm not sure the winter sun gets higher than 60 degrees in its trajectory here in North Carolina. I only had to wipe the inside of the door twice to remove the accumulated condensation, but lost very little heat. And, at 4:10PM, just as the sun slid below the top of the six-foot privacy fence, the casserole was done.  This was just a little over two hours and not bad for a late start. Timing would have been closer to 1-1/2 hours and oven temperature around 225-degrees if it had been put in between 10:00AM and 2:00PM.
For a soft casserole dinner, I decided a fresh cabbage salad would add the much-needed color and crunch. Chopped Lime pickles was added to chopped fresh cabbage, then mixed with fresh mayonnaise and a touch of salt and pepper. Red and orange pepper rings held the cabbage salad in place.
All in all, a very delicious and thorougly satisfying meal from leftovers.


  1. مرحبا بكم في موقعي المفضل موقع جو فور بنات الموقع الذي يحلم به كل طفل موقع مليء بالالعاب الرائعة والممتعة جدا خلال اللعب العاب طبخ حقيقية لم تلعبها من قبل العاب مجانية ومتجددة كل يوم اهلا بمحبي وعشاق الطبخ في موقع جو فور بنات

  2. من نحن ؟ نعم نحن و بجدارة أفضل واقوي شركة تنظيف في الدمام أو شركة تنظيفات فيالدمام إدخل إلى الأقسام نظافة المتنوعة لترى خدماتنا
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالدمام هي مدينة سعودية وهي تقع علي ساحل الخليج العربي و عاصمة المنطقة الشرقية ونظرآ لأهمية موقعها علي ثلاث جهات الخليج العربي وتعتبر
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر الوحيدة التي تعمل بأنظمة جولي الإيطالية في تنظيف المنازل و البيوت و نظافة الشقق الحديثة أتصل واحصل مجانآ علي مكافحة حشرات لاول 3 متصلين شركة تسليك مجارى براس تنورة
    شركة تنظيف منازل براس تنورة


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