Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chicken and Polenta Casserole

This sounded so good. I love a good polenta.  But I have to be honest was kind of a 5 on a scale of 10 for me.  It depends on your taste.  It's a great choice if you are looking for something different from the usual.  My girls wouldn't eat it. I picked out the chicken for them.  They won't eat much though.  If nothing else - I may use the first part of this recipe to make simple polenta again.

If you try this - I'd love to know what you think.


1 32 oz container chicken broth
2 tbls butter
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 12 oz jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 16 oz jar roasted garlic Alfredo sauce
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan; gradually whisk in cornmeal.  Cook 4 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, stir in parmesan cheese.  Spoon polenta into a baking dish.  Cool 10 minutes.

Sprinkle artichoke hearts, peppers and chicken evenly over polenta.  Pour alfredo sauce over chicken.  Sprinkle with basil; top with Italian cheese blend.  Cover and chill until ready to bake.

Before baking, place pan on center of a baking sheet.  Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until casserole is thoroughly heated.

{Source: Christmas with Southern Living 2005, Page 167}


  1. I love polenta and artichokes! Wonder how to make it better? I think I would leave off the alfredo too. Will have to try this (minus the chicken for us :))

  2. I'm so glad you're doing this--I always wonder about these different recipes. I want something tried and true and kid friendly!! :)

  3. This is inspiring me to get out my Southern Livings! I have 'vintage' ones from 1979, 1988, and 1985. I love them!!

  4. Hi Kelly! I love the new cooking blog! I just wanted to make sure you were aware of the copyright issues surrounding recipes... here's a website that explains it all pretty well:

    You have a lot of followers, so this has the potential to be seen by a lot of people, and I'd just hate for you to get into any sort of sticky situation over this!

  5. Kelly, Love this cooking blog you're working on now too! And I got suck a kick out of Harper's video the other day, too cute! As the oldest sister (of three girls), I just had to laugh when she sang to Hollis about leaving the water on the table. HA!

    I started a blog about a month ago reviewing recipes, but I'm reviewing from all sorts of cookbooks. (Here's mine: I'm in Minnesota and we don't see many recipes from Southern Living around here! Would you mind if I make one of the recipes you make one of these days and do my own review? I think it'd be fun to see if we come in with the same thoughts about it!

  6. I am so sad you removed the recipes you had before. I used many of them but stupidly never printed them out.

  7. My family had this for a meal over Christmas and liked it on a scale of about 7 out of 10. When we made it again, we made our own Alfredo sauce and grated our own cheese from the deli. It was a 10 out of 10.