Saturday, May 11, 2013

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a nice recipe to have on hand when you are short of time and have a hungry crew waiting to be fed. I found the recipe in Family Circle magazine and make it once or twice a year. It is not a recipe that will make or break your reputation as a cook, but it is simple and satisfying and children love its creaminess. The casserole can be on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish. While the dish is moist and creamy, there is not a lot of sauce, so you'll probably want to serve it with a side of rice rather than noodles. I like to keep a handful of recipes like this on hand, specifically for busy days. I hope you'll file this recipe for busy days of your own. Here's how this very simple casserole is made.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Family Circle magazine

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups broccoli florets
1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup reduced-fat scallion and chive cream cheese (such as Philadelphia)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan and cook for 4 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken from skillet.
2) Reduce heat to medium and add 1 teaspoon oil, onion and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper to skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add flour to skillet and cook 1 minute, stirring. Add broccoli, thyme and 1/2 cup water to skillet. Cover and cook for 4 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender.
3) Remove cover and add chicken, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, tomatoes and cream cheese to pan. Stir until well blended. Yield: 4 servings.

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Ginny said...

If I made this, it would never look as good and fresh as this picture! I may give it try, though!

Sugar et al said...

This is real comfort food. Looks delicious, creamy yet balanced wonderfully with green. Fantastic recipe Mary!

Becki's Whole Life said...

Sounds good Mary. Love recipes like this for busy weeknights. I also like that it isn't as creamy as some other broccoli casseroles that can get so heavy.

Penny said...

It's nice to have a chicken casserole "go-to" dish for hurried nights. Plus it's good for you. Sounds delicious Mary.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Quick recipes like this are the backbone of weekly cooking. Thank you, Mary. blessings ~ tanna

Velva said...

There is an art to putting a decent meal on the table fast. This is one of those meals. Thanks for sharing.


David said...

Mary, Simple can be very comforting... Nice looking entrée! Last night we had chicken thighs cooked in spiced up cream of chicken soup over rice. Not elegant but a favorite of mine... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


I love this recipe, so nice and easy. I love all the ingredients involved here. Thank you for the recipe and have a lovely Mother's Day.

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