Chicken pie or chicken casserole?! It doesn't matter what you call it, it is delicious. It is the perfect, southern comfort dish, and is probably one of my favorite home-cooked meals.
Most southern casseroles such as chicken casserole have a reputation for being "unhealthy" due to the fact they are often made with creamy, high-fat sauces, and a lot of butter. However, this does NOT have to be the case. By substituting a couple healthier ingredients and pairing the casserole with a vegetable, you have yourself a well rounded meal that can fit into any healthy lifestyle.
For example, I love substituting plain Greek yogurt for sour cream and mayonnaise in recipes to lower the calorie and fat content of the meal. It tastes similar, and often goes unrecognized by my family. For recipes that call for sour cream and/or mayonnaise, you may substitute half the amount called for in the recipe with Greek yogurt OR go ahead and replace all of the sour cream and/or mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. For this chicken casserole recipe, I decided to substitute Greek yogurt for all of the sour cream and my husband never knew the difference.
The other trick to making casseroles a part of a healthy lifestyle is filling half of your plate with vegetables to increase the nutrient content of the meal. For example, the first night we had chicken casserole this week, I steamed broccoli to go with it, and then sautéed squash and zucchini to have with the casserole leftovers the next night. This made for a healthy and totally satisfying meal two nights in a row!
I hope you and your family can enjoy this lightened-up comfort dish all year long!