Amish Chicken & Stuffing for Two

Friday 28 May 2021

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
It had to happen. You probably knew it was going to. Yep, I have downsized one of my favorite casseroles, Amish Chicken & Stuffing Casserole. 

The original recipe served 6 to 8 people.  This version serves only two. You can find that original recipe here.  I appreciate that some of you are larger families and will want the full deal.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
As I said, this is one of my absolute favourite chicken casserole recipes!  That is for a number of reasons.  One, I love chicken, and I totally adore chicken and stuffing together. 

Two, I love anything Amish and anything to do with the Amish.  I love their culture and way of life and I totally love their food.  Simple ingredients done really well.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
And finally because this is a simple and easy recipe, that is a great way to use up stale bread or rolls. You can also use leftover cooked chicken in it, but generally I will poach chicken specifically to use in this.

Poaching your own chicken is not that hard to do.  Just pop it into a saucepan and cover it with some chicken or vegetable stock, a few peppercorns and a bay leaf.  Bring to the boil.  Allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes and then set it aside to cool in the broth until you can easily handle it with your hands.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
It ends up moist and tender every time.  Ready to shred and use in whatever way you want. You can use it to make casseroles such as this one, or you can cube it and make chicken salad with it.  Whatever you like.

And you can poach as many chicken breasts as you can conceivably use.  I often buy full packs of chicken breasts, poach them and then freeze them in individual containers, each one holding about a cup of cooked chicken.  

Ready to take out and use as and when I need cooked chicken!

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
For me when I am cooking a roast chicken (or turkey for that matter) dinner, the stuffing is my most favorite part of the meal.  It's no stretch then to imagine why this would be my favorite casserole!

It contains all the elements of my favorite meal!  Tender pieces of chicken.  Buttery, crisp edged bits of stuffing, flavored perfectly with onion and celery, and all of those beautiful stuffing flavors!  

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
It was really only a matter of time before I downsized it and I thought I would get it in before the weather starts to turn really hot.  Yep, its almost salad weather!  

We are actually having the odd day where the temperatures are in the mid to high 20's which is fairly warm. You don't want to be heating up your kitchen cooking casseroles when that happens!  So this was one of my last hurrah's before the hot weather descends upon us!

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
I love celery. Its one of my favorite hot weather vegetables and you will always find a bunch of it in my refrigerator. I love to eat it raw as sticks, with or without dip.  Sometimes I stuff it with cheese or peanut butter. It has such a lovely crunch.

Mom always said it was impossible to eat celery politely.  Raw celery is such a noisy thing to eat.  I say just eat away. Enjoy.  Manga!  Celery is an integral part of most salads and actually things like casseroles and stuffings like this one!

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
I normally de-string my celery.  I hate the strings getting caught in my teeth.  To do that you need to grab the strings with a sharp knife at one end, and just pull them down the length of the stalk. Easy peasy. 

You can just throw the strings away.  Celery strings can sometimes be exceedingly chewy.  De-stringing it can make even the most unpalatable piece of celery a pleasure to eat.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
The celery and onion for this recipe are cooked slowly in a small amount of butter. You only want to soften them, not brown them.  They are then used to help moisten the stuffing along with the butter you have sautéed them in.

You can of course add other vegetables if you wish.  Chopped carrot goes well as do chopped mushrooms, which I know are technically not a vegetable but meh.  They work well.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
Today I used some stale hotdog buns for my bread. You can use any kind of bread you wish, but the hot dog buns worked beautifully. Stale bread rolls would also work. You will want about 3 heaped cups of bread.

This forms the basis of your stuffing.  Mmmm . . .  stuffing.  

Sorry!  I got distracted.  Aside from that you will need a variety of good dried herbs.  Summer savory, thyme, sage, parsley. Celery seed.  I know that not everyone has access to summer savory. If you can't get that then use a bit of poultry seasoning.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 

That reminds me, I need to replace my Bell's Seasoning that got left in the UK.  I love Bell's poultry seasoning and I always make my own.  Its the best poultry seasoning.

It is great in stuffings, on chicken, fish, etc.  I use it all the time. It has a lovely zippy flavour that I just love.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 
Once you get this all mixed together, the sautéed vegetable and butter mixture. The shredded chicken.  The bread.  You need to add some stock just to moisten it a bit. 

Bear in mind I said moisten. You want it to be moist and not dry without being soggy. Nobody wants soggy stuffing.

Amish Chicken & Stuffing 

This makes just enough for two people, or for one person with one meal and then a leftover meal. I served it with a boiled new potato and some broccoli, cauliflower and butternut squash. It was perfect. 

Stale bread,  butter  softened celery and onion, a variety of herbs, seasoning and tender poached chicken mixed with a tiny bit of stock and baked to give you one very delicious and simple entrée. What's not to love about that!

Amish Chicken & Stuffing (small batch)

Amish Chicken & Stuffing (small batch)

Yield: Serves 2
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 55 Min
I downsized my favorite chicken bake to feed only two people. Its fabulously tasty and easy to make. Just throw it together and pop it into the oven.


  • 1 large chicken breast fillet, poached in some chicken stock and cooled (reserve the stock)
  • 4 stale hotdog buns
  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, including some leaves, washed, trimmed and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp crumbled dry sage
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp summer savory (or savory)
  • butter to dot


  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F/180*C/ gas mark 4.  Butter a small (7-incn square) casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the celery and onion. Cook over medium low heat to soften without browning. Stir in the salt, pepper, celery seeds and all the herbs.  Set aside.
  3. Crumble the hot dog buns into a bowl.  Shred the chicken and add.  Pour the butter mixture over all and toss together to combine.  Add a bit of your reserved stock, taking care not to make it soggy. You just want it to be moist,
  4. Pile into the prepared baking dish and dot with butter. Cover tightly with a lightly greased sheet of aluminum foil.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes.  Delicious!
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  1. Thanks for the poaching instructions, Marie. I've never poached chicken before. Perhaps I should. We love chicken salad sandwiches but have usually used leftover rotisserie chicken. I'm going to try this recipe, for sure. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. You are welcome Elaine. I don't know how I missed these comments! I love chicken salad also. I miss rotisserie chicken where I am! I haven't seen any at all! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Love and hugs, xoxo

  2. I can vouch for this tasty dish as I recall making it in the winter. I loved it, but then I have always loved stuffing and like you it was almost the favourite part of a roast chicken or turkey dinner.

    I buy chicken breasts in bulk for the dog (yes, she is thoroughly spoiled), so I tend to poach them in the microwave and have then ready poached in the freezer. Sometimes she lets us "borrow" some of them for making your lovely chicken and gnocchi soup ( - a firm favourite here) or a chicken casserole like this.

    We are having a very wet, cold spell. I still have the central heating on! They say that it will start to get warmer next week. I hope so as it has been a very cold spring.

    1. Mitzie was thoroughly spoiled that way also Marie! I fed her chicken and rice all the time. The vet gave me heck said it wasn't proper food for a dog. But she only ever got ill when she was on dog food. When she was on chicken and rice, she never got ill. That's a favourite soup of mine also! I am also happy you enjoy this dish! Thank YOU! xoxo

  3. Is a 7 inch pan equal to a 1 quart casserole dish?

    1. absolutely not. It is about half that size. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi Marie. It's Gail. I plan on making this tomorrow. I plan on using leftover rotisserie chicken from Costco. I believe I have everything else. Can I cook it (on roast) in my new air fryer? I can cook the celery and onion beforehand. By the way, reading the above replies--- I've always had dogs. I just rescued one from the pound. In the past I had one that had doggie MS. The vet told me in order to decrease his symptoms, to cook him "people food". As long as the meal was at a minimum 50% meat, he'd be OK. He told me to add vegetables and an omega-3 pill. Sometimes I wonder why we now have to feed dogs dog food.

    1. I know, dogs only ever ate people food in the past, table scraps really. And they were healthy. I wish I could have a dog now, but alas, cannot. I think you could absolutely cook this in the roast program of your air fryer, but not sure for how long! Hope you enjoy it Gail! xo


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