Broccoli and Chicken Bake

I adore broccoli.  And so does my toddler.  Although he no longer uses it as a scepter to instruct me in feeding, broccoli is one of those veggies that I don’t have to spend a great deal of time hiding in his food.  Although, I do suppose that if he were presented with the option to have a banana or broccoli, he’d take the banana… but I digress.  I turned this dish which was a sure-fire child pleaser into a one-pot meal by adding rice to the bottom of the pan, and wound up pleasing myself with the simplicity of it!
Broccoli and Chicken Bake
  • 1lb Chicken breasts
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheese (I used a cheddar/Monterrey jack)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 clove minced garlic
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom of a casserole dish that measures about 9×9 inches.  Pour the rice straight into the pan and add the broth.  In a small pan over medium heat, melt the butter until it is completely liquid and then whisk in the flour.  When the flour is thickened, slowly stream in half of the milk.  Add in the paprika, mustard, garlic and half of the cheese and whisk until the sauce starts to come together.  Stream in the rest of the milk, whisking constantly, and then add the last of the cheese.  You should have a thin cheese sauce now.  Add in the broccoli and heat through.  Pour some of the cheese sauce over the rice so that it is well covered and then place the chicken breasts on top.  Cover the chicken with the rest of the sauce.  Bake for 45 minutes.

*Optional: At the end of the baking time, sprinkle bread crumbs over the casserole dish and dot with butter.  Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.*

One Reply to “Broccoli and Chicken Bake”

  1. About the lunch meat thing, it is true. And when you are pregnant you are not ssepoupd to eat processed lunch meats anyway, they can cause Listeria, which can cause miscarriage. You can safely eat them if you microwave them until they are steaming.My kids and husband love lunch meat for sandwiches however, so I have found a cheaper way to get them. I buy a big boneless 3 or 4 pound ham when it’s on sale for six dollars or less, then I have the butcher slice it wafer thin for sandwiches. Then I’m only paying $2 or less per pound, where the packaged lunch meats cost at least $3.50 per pound on sale. I just get out a little baggy of the ham at a time, and put the rest in the freezer.

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