One of my favorite Chicken recipes for a quick meal!
Chicken Brocoli and Cheese Casserole
I used to work at a chain restaurant and they had something like this on their menu. I loved it but thought it was too heavy. So over the years I started tweaking it to suit my family’s taste. This is an easy go to recipe I do when I am short on time. Plus there is always lots of leftovers for the next few days.
Just to let you guys know this is the doubled version of the recipe. You can scale it down to have less servings.
3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
4 or 5 cups of chicken stock or water
1 Head of brocoli
2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can of Campbells low fat cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup Hellman’s 1/2 the fat mayonnaise
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp. curry powder
salt and pepper, to taste
Worcestershire sauce, a dash or 2
1 cup of bread crumbs
2 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large saucepan on medium high heat add the chicken stock or water, salt and pepper to taste and 1 tbsp. curry powder. Let it come to a low boil and add the Chicken breasts. Let boil for about 10-15 minutes until no longer pink. Try not to over boil the chicken it will become dry if you do.
While the chicken is boiling, wash and chop the ends of the brocoli. If you would like to save the ends just peel the outside harder skin and chop into 1/2 inch circles. Place the brocoli into a medium saucepan and add water to just cover the brocoli. Bring to a low boil on medium heat. Cook for about 2 minutes and drain. Quickly, place into a water bath for about 40 seconds just to stop the cooking and keep the nice green colour. Set aside.
When the chicken is done, take it out of the water and place on a cutting board. Let it rest for a few minutes for easy slicing. Slice the chicken against the grain and then into a 1″ dice. Set aside.
Make the sauce for the casserole. In a medium bowl combine 1 can of Campbell’s low fat cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup of 1/2 the fat mayonnaise, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp. of curry powder, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Set aside.
In a small bowl add the melted butter and breadcrumbs, stir to combine. Set aside.
Gather all of your ingredients and assemble your casserole.
Assemble the brocoli and chicken in the casserole dish.
Next, pour the sauce over the chicken and brocoli.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over everything.
And finally top the casserole with the breadcrumb mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned. Enjoy!
I usually serve this dish wish rice and maybe a side salad.
Another suggestion I have is if you would like to add more vegetables to the casserole it tastes delicious with steamed cauliflower!
This is also a great make ahead dish. You can assemble everything the night before and then pop it into the oven the next night! No dishes:)
Enjoy guys! Let me know what you think! What are some of your favorite chicken recipes?