Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Chicken spinach cheese casserole + #book #giveaway from the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries

From Daryl aka Avery:

See giveaway below...

We all need simple and easy after the holidays. Right?  So, here's something that's just right for a simple meal. Delicious for New Year's Eve, if you like.

I love casseroles, and I especially like them when I can use foods that are already in my refrigerator.
I always have spinach on hand. It goes well in salads, omelets, and so much more. It worked perfectly for this little dish. In addition, I had cooked chicken thighs in my freezer, so that made this dish easy-peasy. I wrap them individually so they're ready to go whenever I need cooked chicken. (*I bake them at 300 degrees for 35-45 minutes, wrapped in foil. Let cool and freeze.)

As for cheese? I always have cheese in the hopper. You can use any cheese that melts well in this dish. Be creative.

Speaking of cheese...I'm offering a cheesy giveaway to 5 commenters today. Yes, 5!  Why? Just because... Okay, moment of truth. Because I ordered too many books from my publisher and I'm ready to clear off some shelves which put me in the giving mood.

Are you ready to read a book in the middle of the Cheese Shop Mystery series? Hope so.

Tell a friend.

Chicken Spinach Cheese Casserole

Serves 2  (double for 4)

2 chicken thighs or one large chicken breast, cubed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
4 ounces  fresh (1/2 cup cooked) spinach  (*I microwave for 1 minute covered with paper towel)
1 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup chives, chopped
salt and pepper to taste, about ½ teaspoon each
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces (3/4 cup) chicken broth
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded or diced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Set chopped chicken in small baking dish. Dust with garlic powder and white pepper.  Top with spinach.

In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, chives, salt and pepper, and olive oil until fairly smooth. Add chicken broth and continue to mix. Pour over the chicken and spinach.

Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and top with mozzarella cheese.  Bake another 15 minutes, without the foil, until cheese is toasty.


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  1. Merry Christmas Daryl,I hope you had a great holiday with your family.Thanks for sharing chicken,spinach and cheese casserole recipe.I can't wait to try it, I have frozen boneless chicken thighs in the freezer.I'm a big lover of casseroles,comfort.
    My agenda for 2019 are 1.Taking belly dancing classes 2.getting more organized 3. Reading more 4. perfecting my baking and cooking skills.

  2. My agenda is to work on better health and fitness, keeo teaching at my college, and spend every day with my husband and pets.
    I would like to start the chsrming cheese shop series, so thank you for the opportunity.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  3. Hi for 2019 i will continue my activities at my library learn cross stitch & paint on paper

  4. The casserole sounds so good — I can’t wait to try it. I plan to be more organized in 2019. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  5. I make casseroles often. It is normally just me for meals, so they work well. Spinach is my go to for salads and add-ins. This will be my New Year's meal, so thank you for the recipe!
    I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas!
    My plans for the coming year aren't too many to feel stressed about. I vow to use my scrap fabric, frame all of my photos that need it and I have joined Dru Ann's reading challenge in hopes that I organize the books I have read and faithfully write reviews after each. I am also thinking of starting a book blog, but we will see about that one!
    Thank you for the book giveaway. I do enjoy your series.

    1. As a correction, that is Escape with Dollycas, as the book challenge, not Dru Ann! I should never think without coffee!

    2. What a great challenge. I'm sure Dru Ann would wish you well! ~ Daryl

  6. Hi Daryl . I will certainly try this casserole. I would like to read one of your “cheese” shop books. Trying to be more organized with my books and travel more.

  7. Thanks for this recipe. In 2019 I plan to try more new recipes, make more time for myself to read and to be kind!!!

  8. This is a perfect recipe for winter which I intend to make over the holidays. I want to be more creative in my cooking, make my grandsons a unique and memorable scrapbook from the old days and reach out to family even more than I do now. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, it's important to reach out to family, even when don't want reaching out. :) ~ Daryl

  9. I don't cook but hubby does. I just like to eat!! In 2019 I hope to travel by car somewhere I've never been before (a lot of states) and of course read as much as I can since I'm retired. My email address is:

    1. Jane, you're one of the winners. I'll contact you via email. Congrats and tell a friend. ~ Daryl

    2. Jane, this isn't a good email. If you see this message, please contact me at

      In the meantime, I'm going to pick one more winner. :)

  10. Since I have chicken thawed, I'm going to go get the few I'm missing and cook this for dinner.

  11. I am hoping to get more energized I have been slowing down lately. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas .

    cenya2 (at)hotmail (dot)com

    1. Marjorie, remember to drink plenty of water! One of my main tricks to energy. ~ Daryl

  12. Thanks for the recipe! Its one I will be trying. I am hoping to become more organized in 2019. I have this circle of things I complete daily but cant seem to get anything accomplished beyond that so I am working on a plan. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Thanks for the chance!


    1. Bernice, lucky you. One of the winners didn't supply a solid email, so I picked another winner and it's you. I'll contact you via email. Congrats and tell a friend. ~ Daryl

  13. More me time for relaxation is my hope....

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  15. Happy Holidays to you and yours. In 2019 I hope to have better health and also be more sound financially. I'm also hoping to return to reviewing of books for various authors. My fingers are crossed I might be chosen as one of the lucky five. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. A couple of things for 2019: First is to try out a lot more new recipes. I've fallen into a dinner rut, so it's time to find some new things to put in the mix. And secondly is to put aside at least a half-hour each day to read, probably just before bedtime.

    1. FYI, I have found a half hour before "dinner" is the perfect time for me to read. i'm ready to relax and still able to focus! Ha! ~ Daryl

  17. Love Cheese. Love Cozy Mysteries. This series looks perfect for me. In 2019 I plan to add some new things into my simple exercise routine of steps and pedalling (on my mini cycle - it's good for my knee). Hope to alternate days of weights, balance exercises, and my weighted hula hoop. Also to continue my volunteer work at our local library where I work with the Friends, shelving, and on the daily book sale. Zibbby (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Happy new year! An appetizing dish which I can enjoy with family. I look forward to even more reading enjoyment, hope that I am well enough to travel since I haven't been able to in years. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. My agenda is to work on better health and fitness for my daughter and myself. And to fix a lot more casseroles. Try as I might I cannot get my daughter to eat most meats and vegetables individually. She does like casseroles. So? A whole lot more casseroles with dairy free cheeses. And to sit and get some real reading done. deepotter(at)peoplepc(dot)com

  20. Ooo, that sound decadently good!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  21. My goal for the new year is to organize my books and complete any series that I have not completed.

  22. Mmm...this looks like a tasty low carb kind of a meal. I just received news that I am just elevated into the Diabetic range so will be working on decreasing carbs and sugar while exercising more in the hopes to get that reading down to normal range, again. Wish me luck.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  23. My main plan is to become more financially stable by learning how to flip furniture. Vickiela3(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Vickie, you're one of the winners. I'll contact you via email. Congrats and tell a friend. ~ Daryl

  24. my agenda for 2019 is to not sweat the small things; I also need to concentrate on making smaller meals for the 2 of us.