Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gluten-Free Chicken Pasta Casserole

 Easy, Quick Chicken Pasta

First of all, pleeeeeease imagine some pimento in here. It would really brighten it up, wouldn't it! Next time...

And don't let the words 'gluten-free' scare you. If you hadn't been told, you would never know that this pasta is gluten free, except that your tummy won't hurt nor will your skin feel super-sensitive after eating it! I realize that many of you don't experience this when you eat wheat, so go ahead and use regular pasta if you want.

A while ago, I put together the following recipe that even the grandsons liked! (Well, make that one grandson. But he liked it well enough for both of them. I always figure it's a good sign if the grandkids like it.)

I would normally bake this in a 350 degree oven for a half hour before serving, but when everyone's gathered around the kitchen and looking like they're going to die from starvation any minute, it can be served right out of the skillet as soon as it's put together and thoroughly heated.

Gluten-Free, Quick and Easy Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe:

3 c. Tinkyada Penne Pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained. Be careful not to overcook the pasta.
3 c. cooked chicken, cut into pieces (or 1 large can chicken breast, drained)
3 ribs celery, sliced thin on the diagonal
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
2 T. REAL Wisconsin butter
8 oz. plain yogurt
1/3 to 1/2 c. Kalamata olives, sliced
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. pimento (I did not add it this time, but definitely will next time!)
1/2 c. crushed Stax potato chips

Saute celery, onion, and garlic in olive oil. Add drained Tinkyada pasta and remaining ingredients except for the potato chips. Stir. Place in baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with the crushed potato chips and spray the top with a cooking spray (makes the chips glisten, rather than looking dull) and set in a 350 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

Kid approved: 100%
(We don't count the little brother's opinion, for he only likes candy canes. :-)

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Denise said...

Now, I am hungry.

Anonymous said...

This looks really, really yummy. We don't eat gluten-free, but as you mentioned I would love to try this with regular pasta. I think our clan would really enjoy it!

Thank you.

Marti said...

Sounds yummy, good to have a recipe like this on hand when you have guests with diet restrictions.

Paulette said...

Love casseroles, yummo ❤

PinayinTexas said...

Delicious! Chicken pasta casserole is one of the best comfort food ever! Thanks for sharing this gluten-free version!

Lois Christensen said...

I would never think to put potato chips on top of the dish, but it looks so good!

Ruth Kelly said...

Chips on top are yummy. You could even make it with tuna. Great looking recipe.

Unknown said...

You're going to have to send me some REAL Wisconsin butter because I'm so going to make this!! Sounds divine!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Looks and sounds delicious!! Yep, I'll be making that!

Empty Nester said...

Definitely do not overcook that gluten free pasta- yuck. LOL I have finally learned that I don't need to cook it quite so much. But you're right, there really isn't a taste difference. I'm going to try this recipe- sounds yummy!

Judy S. said...

Sounds yummy. Now if only I could eat dairy! Have you tried Bionature GF pasta? It's terrific!

Under Her Wings said...

Judy, that looks delicious. We are always on the lookout for chicken dishes--that my husband will like!

Yenta Mary said...

What beautifully vibrant flavors! And of course we're using REAL Wisconsin butter ... :)

Sandy Ang said...

Sounds really yummy !

Carole said...

Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.


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