Elegant Buffet Chicken

Course : Chicken
Serves: 12
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1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup celery -- chopped
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
10 ounces mushroom soup
8 ounces cream cheese -- cut into chunks
1/2 cup sweet pimento -- coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pimento filled olives -- sliced
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms -- sliced
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt and pepper -- to taste
12 medium half chicken breasts -- skinned, boned, bite size pieces
1 cup buttered bread crumbs

Preparation / Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. 3. Add celery and garlic; saute briefly. Add flour; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring. 4. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. 5. Add mushroom soup and cream cheese. Stir until smooth; bring to a boil and remove from heat. 6. Add pimiento and olives. 7. In a separate fry pan, saute mushrooms in the 3 Tablespoons butter until moisture evaporates; add to creamed mixture along with salt and pepper. 8. Add chicken if baking immediately. (If not baking immediately, let sauce mixture cool before adding chicken.) 9. Place in a large greased casserole dish; cover with buttered bread crumbs. Can be frozen before baking. Bake for 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Makes 12 servings.


Nutritional Information:

165 Calories (kcal); 15g Total Fat; (78% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 44mg Cholesterol; 149mg Sodium

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