Hearty Winter Casserole
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Hearty Winter Casserole

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This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own.

Welcome to 2019! With the dawn of the new year comes the inevitable resolutions. For me, this just means tweaking beloved recipes to be more conscientious. I’m swapping sugar for stevia, bacon for turkey jerky, and soda for flavored water. Today with the help of Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Fully Cooked Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast from Walmart, I’ve revamped my hearty casserole recipe for a more wholesome version. So who wants to try my Hearty Winter Casserole?

Hearty Winter Casserole

I know what you’re thinking… 1 hour to make this meal?! Hear me out! This hour will yield about 3 days-worth of dinners for the whole family. Meal prepping, baby! But just in case you’re a bit intimidated, let’s walk through the super easy steps together. First you’ll want to defrost the frozen chicken. In a large skillet over medium heat, defrost the whole bag of Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast. In the past I’ve added ham or ground beef to my casserole recipes. But by adding Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked chicken, it simplifies the process and offers a more wholesome addition. Plus, the chicken has 19g of protein, is made with 100% all natural, white meat, and no antibiotics ever, so you can rest assured that your family is getting only the best ingredients.

Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole

While the chicken is defrosting, bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot and mix in the penne pasta. Bring the water back to a boil and cook the pasta for 10 minutes and then drain. Set both the chicken and pasta aside to slightly cool while the other ingredients are prepared.

At this point, preheat the oven to 350°F. Then prepare the pretzel crumble by mixing the pretzels, 1 Tbsp. of cilantro, and the melted butter in a small bowl. Set aside. Now to the fun part! In a large mixing bowl, combine the mushroom cream soup, asiago, and garlic. Then mix in the tomatoes, 1 Tbsp. cilantro, and zucchini.

Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole

Lastly, mix in the cooled pasta and Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked chicken. Spread the ingredients evenly in a casserole dish.

Hearty Winter Casserole

Top with the pretzel crumble and place in the oven.

Hearty Winter Casserole

Bake approximately 40 minutes. Serve warm!

Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole
Hearty Winter Casserole

See, not too much work considering you have a few days-worth of meals, right? So make sure to grab the Ibotta rebate offer for $1 off Tyson® Grilled & Ready® products from 1/12/19-2/10/19 and then head to your local Walmart to pick up all the ingredients. The Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast used in this recipe can be found in the freezer section at your local Walmart. Now you know my 2019 “swapping” resolutions, so what are yours?

Hearty Winter Casserole

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  1. Antoinette M says:

    The casserole looks delicious! My family would enjoy this!

  2. kathy pease says:

    This looks so yummy and I will have to try out the recipe 🙂

  3. Susan Marie says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, it would make a good meal(s) and sounds easy to make. It looks filling, great for the cold weather.
    I have some of the ingredients already, and will get the rest to try this soon.

  4. Francine Long says:

    I love using Tyson products for preparing casseroles!

  5. Susan Christy says:

    I love casseroles! The only leftovers I will eat. This one looks exceptionally delicious.

  6. Candace Galan says:

    I’m definitely going to have to try this, looks so good! I’m also going to have to find the already cooked and diced chicken breast, would make cooking so much easier.

  7. Anne W says:

    Interesting blog going to try a few recipes (Polar Vortex Martini) for sure

  8. Sandy Klocinski says:

    My daughter would love this! It looks awesome. I often make casseroles out of leftovers

  9. Michele says:

    This looks really yummy! It would be perfect during a cold night or to take for a gathering.

  10. kimrk56 says:

    This looks really good and not too much pasta.

  11. I think my daughter will love this

  12. Shayna DeMaine-Prata says:

    Looks delicious.

  13. Ran B says:

    ugh , in a cold day and home alone I really need a hot dish like this to slurp it Yummmy I love it <3

  14. Courtney H. says:

    I want to try this!

  15. Ellen B says:

    wow I have never tried the ready made cooked chicken – looks like a time saver for sure

  16. Barry Kander says:

    Might do a different soup and leave out the pretzels.

  17. Leanne says:

    Omg I’m drooling !! This looks soo good . I love casseroles , especially in the winter . Going to try this on the weekend .

  18. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks so healthy and delicious. I am going to make this soon!

  19. Cindy Palmer says:

    Looks delish! And easy to prepare too.

  20. Ron Plemmons says:

    Yum Tyson chicken with this recipe looks good

  21. Marsheila Kerner says:

    Looks so good !!

  22. Tyler Ginter says:

    Looks tasty. I might try this one this weekend.

  23. Louanne B says:

    It sounds tasty and healthy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Tiffany S says:

    This recipe looks really good, I’m going to have to try making it one day. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Paulina Pham says:

    Yummy! Looks great!

  26. shannon zeidan says:

    This sounds fabulous. I always love trying new recipes.

  27. Que Banh says:

    Looks and sounds yummy!

  28. Tim says:

    I love casseroles. We often make them without a recipe. We just go through our cupboards and freezer and use the casserole as an excuse to clear them out.

  29. Rebecca Bishop says:

    Looks delicious I’d love to make this 💕😋

  30. Molli Vandehey-Taylor says:

    this looks delicious and pretty easy. i can manage this!

  31. Cindy Peterson says:

    I like the idea of using crumbled pretzels for topping a casserole.

  32. Rachel says:

    minus the cilantro this looks yummy

  33. Rosanne says:

    It looksnice & creamy with a modern kick

  34. Cynthia C says:

    Great flavors, sounds delicious!

  35. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    This looks absolutely delicious!

  36. kathy m says:

    This looks so delicious! A great sounding winter casserole – and the wholesome alternative – can’t wait to try it!

  37. Abigail Gibson says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Looks so hearty and delicious.

  38. Lisa says:

    This looks so good, perfect for cold days!

  39. Sheila F says:

    I didn’t even know Tyson sold this product😶. What a find. Recipe sounds easy peasy…might use something other than the pretzel crumbs. Thanks🌱

  40. This recipe looks & sounds delicious. I will definitely try it.

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