Chicken and Ham Bake

Recipe By : Winners p. 180
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:30
Categories : Breakfast/Brunch Main Dish Pork Poultry

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/4 cup onion -- chopped
1/2 pound mushroom -- fresh sliced
6 tablespoons butter or margarine -- divided
3 tablespoons flour, all-purpose
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup light cream -- (coffee creamer)
2 tablespoons dry sherry -- optional
2 cups chicken -- cubed and cooked
1 cup ham -- cubed and cooked
5 oz water chestnuts -- drained and sliced
1/2 cup Swiss cheese -- grated
1 1/2 cups soft fresh bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375F

Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.

Saute onion and mushrooms in 3 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add cream and sherry. Cook and stir until thickened. Add chicken, ham and water chestnuts. Mix well and pour into prepared baking dish. Top with cheese. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in small skillet. Toss bread crumbs in butter. Sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes.

My notes: I leave out the sherry. Also more ham or even sausage would work as well. Please don't blanch or boil the chicken. Either grill it or saute in a pan for better flavor. I used Half & Half for the creamer. Will double nicely to fit in a 9x13 pan.