Mum often makes this chicken dish with blue cheese and peaches (and then something on the side, e.g. French fries). I thought, what would it taste like if I “lunchified” it. One of my favourite types of lunch is casserole (easy oven dish and makes many portions), and I’d just found a good recipe for macaroni casserole. Now I thought I could try it with the chicken dish ingredients. My sister looked at me funny when I told her that idea.
It doesn’t hurt to try, does it? What’s the worst thing that could happen? I go one day without lunch, no biggie.
The ingredients in this experiment:
300 grams chicken (cut into strips)
200 grams pasta (I had yummy oat pasta)
about 70 grams blue cheese, crumbled
canned peaches, drained and cubed (I used three halves which was about 150 grams. I could’ve used all four but I wanted one to eat plain…)
3-4 dl milk
Cook pasta according to instructions (maybe more on the al dente side since it’ll cook further in the oven). While it’s cooking, heat some oil in a pan and cook the chicken. I put some marjoram in the oil first; just wanted to see what that does.
Once the chicken is cooked, add some spices (I put white pepper and salt – I don’t know what would be “correct”).
Mix chicken and cooked pasta in a deep oven pan. Add crumbled cheese and peach cubes. Mix.
Whisk 2 eggs in 3 dl of milk, and pour into the pan. It should almost cover the top of the mixture. I found 3 dl to be too little so I poured more milk in, but the 2 eggs may not be able to solidify all that liquid. We’ll see! (I don’t like the taste of eggs so I didn’t want to use too many of them.)
Some people like to put cheese on top but I didn’t put any because there already was blue cheese.
Cook in 200°C. After 30 minutes, check if the bottom of the mixture has browned at all. If not, switch oven to heat from below only, and cook until the bottom of the mixture has got some nice colour (which isn’t white) — about 15-25 minutes.
Chicken, blue cheese, and peach dish a la Minna
The blue cheese didn’t taste very strong but other than that, it wasn’t too bad. The 2 eggs were enough, but I’d be tempted to season the egg-milk mixture somehow. The first time I tried the original recipe (in Finnish), I used melty cheese and dry onion soup mix in addition to the original ingredients (suggested in the comments), and I really liked the strong seasoning. This time the eggs were a bit too obvious.
The combination of chicken and peach was quite nice. I suppose pineapple would be a more common fruit with chicken but I’ve never liked it much.