stress case. [shredded chicken, kale & mushroom casserole w. ricotta & lemon]

January 22nd, 2014 by | comments

photoLife has been insanely busy since the start of the year, meaning I’ve been a complete stress case. On top of working full-time and taking an extension course at UCLA, I’m moving into a new apartment in two weeks! Although stressed, I’m beyond excited for everything to come–it just means I’ll be a little behind on blogging, so I apologize in advance!

shredded chicken, kale & mushroom casserole w. ricotta & lemon
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  • 1 box (1 lb.) medium shells
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bag (10 oz.) kale, tough stems and ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached then shredded
  • 1 container (48 oz.) part-skim ricotta
  • Juice and zest of 3 lemons
  • ¾ cup Parmesan, grated, plus more to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add chicken. Cook 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove chicken from water then let cool. Shred chicken and set aside.
  3. Bring another large pot of water to a boil then add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain pasta and return to pot.
  4. Warm a large skillet over medium heat, then add butter and melt. Saute onion and garlic until aromatic and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook another 2-3 minutes. Add kale to skillet, cover, and cook until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to pot with pasta.
  5. Stir in shredded chicken, ricotta, lemon juice and zest, ½ cup Parmesan, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Transfer mixture to a 9"x13" baking dish, then top with ¼ cup Parmesan, plus more if desired. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Place dish under the broiler for a few minutes if the Parmesan isn't golden brown. Serve hot.





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  • Looks delicious :)

  • egg me on

    Ha, this is perfect cold weather comfort food! I’ll send you some of our cold so you can get the full experience. :)

  • That casserole looks absolutely divine. I would love to have that in my oven right now :)

  • Mmm, perfect for the cold, this looks delicious!


  • Looks soul-satisfying and delicious!
    Slow down and relax yourself, Caroline.

  • With so much on the go, you still have time to make such lovely meals and take photos and blog! I take my hat off to you.
    :-) Mandy xo

  • I totally understand about being stressed with so much on your plate. I hope things will fall into place soon and you won’t feel as stressed! BTW this casserole sounds delicious! :)

  • Perfect comfort food. Have fun with the move.

  • I feel more relaxed already!

  • I can completely relate to the stress this year so far! Thus why I’m just reading your post now. ;) This dish looks so good – warm and comforting, not to mention full of flavor! I hope the move went well. Good luck with everything Caroline!