Avocado Chicken Casserole
1 cup broad flat green noodles
1 large ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
5 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 1/4 cups half-and-half
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
6 (6 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup roasted, peeled and coarsely chopped fresh chile
Prepare noodles according to package directions; drain, and set aside.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Drizzle avocado slices with lime juice and set aside.
Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat.
Stir in flour, salt and Tabasco sauce over low heat until mixture bubbles.
Add half-and-half slowly, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
Add cheese and stir until it has melted. Reserve 1 cup of this sauce.
Mix remainder of sauce with cooked noodles.
Place chicken in bottom of a 9 x l3-inch baking dish.
Cover with chopped green chiles.
Spoon noodle mixture over chicken and chiles.
Place avocado slices on top and pour reserved sauce over avocados.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes.
Yield: 6 servings
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