HEARTY CHICKEN STRATA
10 cups bread cubes (1/2-inch cubes)
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup diced potatoes
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
4 cups milk
2 cups chicken broth
5 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 to 2 jars (12 ounces each) chicken gravy, warmed, optional
1 Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on several ungreased large baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
2 Transfer to a large bowl. Add the chicken, potatoes, celery, carrots and parsley. In another large bowl, combine the milk, broth, eggs, butter, salt and pepper. Pour over bread mixture; toss to coat.
3 Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes; stir. Bake 45 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with gravy if desired.