Finished sorghum chicken casserole in a bowl.

Cheesy Sorghum Chicken Casserole

Here is another recipe using whole grain sorghum. The green chilies and red pepper flakes give it just a little bit of spicy kick that is absorbed by the whole grain sorghum. I got the idea for the recipe here, but I changed it up a bit.

Here’s a fun little video about whole grain sorghum from Bob’s Red Mill.

I soaked the sorghum for several hours, then cooked it ahead of time in vegetable broth, just like in my pea salad recipe. I hope you enjoy this healthy, spicy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 6 strips of bacon, fried and crumbled into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small can of Hatch diced green chilies
  • 1/2 cup kale, chopped
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

Cook the whole grain sorghum ahead of time (instructions here).

Whole grain sorghum in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.

I cooked the whole grain sorghum ahead of time in vegetable broth.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 7 × 9 baking dish with no-stick olive oil spray.

Chopped red bell pepper and green onions on a cutting board with other ingredients lined up behind.

While the whole grain sorghum was cooking, I chopped up the vegetables.

Fry the bacon and set aside to cool. Remove some of the bacon grease and cook the chicken breast in the same pan until cooked through. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Chopped up cooked chicken breast on a cutting board.

After frying the bacon, I cooked the chicken breast in the same frying pan and then chopped it up into bite-sized bits.

In the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, garlic and white and green onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Chopped onions and garlic in a frying pan with olive oil.

After cooking the bacon and chicken, I used the same pan to sauté the onion and garlic.

Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Tomatoes, sauce, onions, peppers and garlic in a frying pan.

The tomatoes and tomato sauce are added to the sautéed onion and garlic, plus a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes.

Meanwhile, combine sorghum, chicken, crumbled bacon, red bell pepper, green chilies, kale and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Chicken mixed with vegetables and sorghum in a large bowl.

Chicken, bell pepper, green chilies, kale and cooked whole grain sorghum, plus 1 cup of shredded cheese.

Add tomato sauce mixture to the bowl and toss to combine.

Pour mixture to the baking dish.

Casserole dish containing all ingredients mixed together.

After combining all the ingredients, adding more shredded cheese on top is all that is left.

Top with remaining cheddar cheese and cover with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions, if you like.

Sorghum chicken casserole in a bowl, melted cheese on top.

Finished casserole ready to taste.

 

Makes 4-6 servings.

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White serving bowl containing sorghum caviar and three tortilla chips.

Sorghum Caviar

Here is another recipe from the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. I decided to use black-eyed peas instead of black beans to bring good luck for the new year. I also used canned green chilis, but I think it would be better with fresh jalepeños, if you can find them.

In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year. Some people say this tradition was started during the Civil War when the Union troops wouldn’t eat black-eyed peas because they were considered food for livestock. Others say eating black-eyed peas for good luck is an ancient Jewish tradition dating back to 500 CE or earlier.

No matter how you celebrate, this dish is great for holiday gatherings. I’m thinking about bringing this healthy, gluten-free snack to a Super Bowl party! This recipe makes enough for a pretty large crowd. You can eat it by itself or with tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (I used a can of Hatch green chilis)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drain & rinse (I used 2 cans black eyed peas)
  • 1 (11-ounce) can sweet yellow corn, drain & rinse (I used about 2 cups frozen corn, thawed in microwave)
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle gluten-free zesty Italian dressing
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
Sorghum caviar ingredients arranged on kitchen counter.

Sorghum Caviar ingredients.

Directions:

Cook the whole grain sorghum and cool. You can find the instructions for cooking the sorghum here.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a glass measuring cup.

Cook the whole grain sorghum first and let it cool.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

White mixing bowl containing sorghum caviar mixture.

Mix everything together and chill in the refrigerator. The whole grain sorghum will absorb the flavors.

Cover and refrigerate two hours or overnight to marinate. Serve with tortilla chips.

White mixing bowl containing sorghum caviar mixture with Italian dressing bottle beside it.

This recipe makes a big bowl of sorghum caviar.

Recipe developed by Barbara Kliment, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board.

 

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