By Kevin Williams
This popular Amish chicken casserole recipe was sent to me by an Amish woman in Ohio who said that this is a favorite dish for the after church meal.
The meals served after Amish church services are expansive affairs with casseroles, vegetable dishes, breads, meats, and desserts all the rich reward for sitting through three hours of sermon and scripture.
The meals are often held in an outbuilding or sometimes in the the family’s actual home if they have the space. The meals are usually served buffet style with a couple of lines and shifts of people eating and coming and going. The “drivers”,non-Amish people who transport those visiting from far away, often are invited to the meal.
The noon meal is even held during the once or twice a year special Amish Communion services that last all day. An Amish woman described it to me like this:
The garage is where the meal tables will be set Sunday for communion services. Communion services will be there, which usually last from 9 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m. From 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m., lunch is served two tables at a time during services. There are 14 men and boys at one table and 14 women and girls at another. By 1 p.m., everyone is done eating lunch and returns to services. Plans are to serve chicken noodle soup and egg salad along with the regular church menu.
The regular church menu is coffee, tea, homemade wheat and white bread, red beets, pickles, peanut butter spread, butter, jam and three different kinds of cookies. Last time,we served chicken and noodle soup also. We made one 16-quart kettle and one 12-quart kettle full. Along with that, they served bologna, cheese spread and the regular church menu also. The young girls in church help us, which makes a lot less on us. Needless to say, we were ready to go sit down again after everyone had been fed
So, here is this delicious Sunday Church Casserole recipe!
- 8 oz. noodles, cooked
- 2 C. cooked chicken, cubed
- 2 C. chicken broth (can use canned)
- 1 C. milk
- 1 can mushrooms
- 2 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ C. margarine
- ⅓ C. flour
- ⅓ C. grated Parmesan cheese
- Melt margarine, then add flour and stir until smooth.
- Gradually add milk and broth, then seasonings and mushrooms.
- Combine chicken, cooked noodles, and prepared sauce.
- Put in ungreased 9 inch x 13 inch x 2 inch baking pan and top with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes.
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