Cream of Asparagus Chicken Casserole From: “The All-Colour South African Cookbook” by Sannie Smit ~ Uses 1 Whole Chicken

A very lovely, tasty dish! Just be careful of not making it too rich as it can become very rich if you over do it.

Servings: 6

Without Pasta

Total Weight of Dish: 2943 g
Calories Per Serving (490 g): 590
Total Calories of Dish: 3,541

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500 g macaroni or pasta – Total Calories: 1,855 or Per

83 g portion: 309 Calories
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With Pasta
Total Calories of dish: 5,396
Total Calories Per Portion: 900
 
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Ingredients:

1.4 kg Chicken, whole – cut into portions

15ml cooking oil,

15ml butter

2 tins (820 g) of asparagus salad / cocktail tips / cuts (I prefer the tips. They are softer)

7ml salt

2ml freshly ground black pepper

5ml mustard powder (Save costs by grinding mustard seeds in grinder [I get mine “yellow seeds” from Indian spice shops)

250ml grated cheddar cheese or more according to taste

500 g Pasta to serve (Optional)

White Sauce:

80ml Cake Flour

400ml milk

100ml Sour Cream / Fresh cream soured with dash lemon juice

30ml lemon juice (according to taste)

Method:
Brown chicken in butter, cooking oil mixture (I prefer to grill it as a whole chicken is so fatty today!). Pour off any excess cooking fat & reserve for preparation of the white sauce. Drain the asparagus & set aside reserving the juice. Heat the asparagus juice or liquid in a saucepan & add to chicken together with salt, pepper & mustard. Reduce heat, cover saucepan with lid & simmer chicken for just over 1/2 an hour or until chicken is almost tender. Transfer chicken to a casserole dish. Prepare the white sauce as follows: Heat the reserved cooking fat & add the flour to make a roux whilst fat is still bubbling hot. Remove from stove & quickly stir to a paste. Heat milk & add in a stream to the roux. Continue stirring (may use a balloon whisk which is also good) until the sauce is thick & smooth. *Tip: If any lumps use a stick blender or beat with electric beater to get it out. Add sour cream & gradually add lemon juice. Do not boil. Arrange asparagus on top of chicken & pour white sauce over. Sprinkle with cheese & bake in oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with buttered noodles & a crisp green salad. Enjoy!

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