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My Easy 5 Ingredient Reuben Chicken Casserole Recipe

My Easy 5 Ingredient Reuben Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Today I want to talk about a Reuben Chicken Casserole Recipe. Who doesn’t love a great sandwich? Especially a Reuben!

My Easy 5 Ingredient Reuben Chicken Recipe

The combination of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread is just irresistible. This easy 5-ingredient recipe will have you eating your favorite sandwich in no time!

Where did Reuben Sandwiches Come From?

Well, there are a few who claim the honor of creating it.

Reuben Kulakofsky’s sandwich is known to have started at a poker game in the Blackstone Hotel. Reuben Kulakofsky was a Jewish Lithuanian-born grocer from Omaha Nebraska and avid poker player who joined the weekly game and is said to have asked for a sandwich of corned beef and sauerkraut.

The participants, who nicknamed themselves “the committee”, included the hotel’s owner Charles Schimmel. His son worked in the kitchen and made it – adding the Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing – putting it all on rye.

Charles put it on the menu and history was made… or was it?

The Reuben Sandwich is also said to have been invented at a deli in New York City. Reuben’s Delicatessen, a landmark of New York City for over 80 years was owned by a man named Arnold Reuben. He is credited as the man who created this sandwich in 1914 or so — but it might have been one of his employees too.

The first published mention of their sandwich was in an article about various celebrities who ate there including Jimmy Durante and George Gershwin.

Whew – history is thought to nail down.

What exactly is corned beef?

It is a cut of beef that comes from the brisket.

The brisket is located in the lower chest area – it’s not near any bones or anything scary like that, but it can be tough and fatty if you don’t cook it right. Corned beef takes its name from what was once used to “corn” (preserve) it — large grained rock salt.

It is usually made by brineing the brisket in a pickling solution of water, vinegar, and spices such as garlic, cloves, coriander seeds, and peppercorns for four to six days (this depends on how big your piece of beef is).

No worries! Corned beef can be purchased at the grocery store. It is usually on sale around St. Patrick’s Day — that would be a great time to stock up on it for the freezer! If you don’t catch it on sale, it can get a bit costly.

reuben chicken casserole over rice

This is a bargain-priced Reuben recipe

Now – here is the deal: for this recipe, we will substitute that corned beef for boneless-skinless chicken breasts. That takes your $10-14 meat cost and brings it down to about $4 for two pounds of chicken.

This easy Reuben Chicken Casserole Recipe has all the flavors of your favorite sandwich without all the work….and carbs!

What You Will Need for Reuben Chicken:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast. This usually runs about $1.99 a pound, but you can occasionally get it for less. I just hit a sale for $1.49 a pound and stocked up!
  • A can of sauerkraut. Stick with Frank’s if you can find it – just look for the bright green label.
  • Thousand Island dressing can even be found in your local Dollar Tree store. Keep in mind you will need a bottle larger than 8 ounces – that is the one that is usually on sale in your grocery store for a buck.
  • If you don’t have rye cracker crumbs, try letting some rye bread dry and toss it into your food processor. 1-2 slices should do just the trick.
  • Instead of buying an entire package of Swiss cheese, just get a few slices at your deli counter. This way you are only buying what you will need and you can get a better quality of cheese.

Reuben Chicken Freezer Meal

What is a freezer meal? A freezer meal is when you cook a recipe in bulk, package it into individual servings and then freeze them for later use OR when you whip up a recipe and have it all ready to bake off or cook once you thaw it out.

I love making freezer meals – or specifically, meals that go in the freezer and you pull out to cook later. My 5 Ingredient Reuben Chicken Casserole is just perfect for that!

What would you serve with Reuben chicken?

This recipe is perfect for serving next to some steamed green beans or alongside a simple salad. We always serve it over rice.

How do you store leftover Reuben chicken?

You can store it in the fridge for about three to five days.

How can you change Reuben Chicken up?

  • You can swap out the Thousand Island dressing for Russian dressing.
  • You can swap out a white fish like cod or tilapia for the chicken.
  • You can use actual corned beef.
  • You can turn it into a Rachel by using turkey slices
  • You can make it vegetarian by using sliced zucchini, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

How to Make Reuben Chicken

This is a VERY easy recipe to make – you literally just layer things in your baking dish and then pop it into the oven.

Reuben Chicken Ingredients

euben Chicken Ingredients

You will need:

  • 4-6 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – this is usually about two pounds.
  • 1 can Sauerkraut, well-drained.
  • 4-6 slices Swiss cheese (6x4inch)
  • 1 1/4 cups Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 cup crushed cracker crumbs (We prefer Rye)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

how to make reuben chicken

Take a medium-sized bowl and combine your sauerkraut with the thousand island dressing.

How to Make Reuben Chicken

Put the sauerkraut mix in the bottom of your 8.5-inch by 13-inch baking dish.

How to Make Reuben Chicken

Place a layer of Swiss Cheese over that.

How to Make Reuben Chicken

Top with your boneless-skinless chicken breasts and cover them with the rye cracker crumbs.

Bake at 350 for about an hour.

How to Make Reuben Chicken

Serve over rice and you are all set.

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Yield: 6 servings

Easy Reuben Chicken Casserole

reuben chicken casserole over rice

Now – here is the deal: for this recipe, we will substitute that corned beef for boneless-skinless chicken breasts. That takes your $10-14 meat cost and brings it down to about $4 for two pounds of chicken.

This easy Reuben Chicken Casserole Recipe has all the flavors of your favorite sandwich without all the work….and carbs!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4-6 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – this is usually about two pounds.
  • 1 can Sauerkraut, well-drained.
  • 4-6 slices Swiss cheese (6x4inch)
  • 1 1/4 cups Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 cup crushed cracker crumbs (We prefer Rye)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Take a medium-sized bowl and combine your sauerkraut with the thousand island dressing.
  3. Put the sauerkraut mix in the bottom of your 8.5-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  4. Place a layer of Swiss Cheese over that.
  5. Top with your boneless-skinless chicken breasts and cover them with the rye cracker crumbs.
  6. Bake at 350 for about an hour.

Notes

We like to serve this over rice!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 554Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 862mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 46g

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