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Cheddar Crusted Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

A delicious, easy and wholesome recipe that even the pickiest of eaters will love. Made with chicken, broccoli and cheddar cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken and Broccoli, chicken broccoli casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 300kcal
Author The Seasoned Mom

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Horizon organic butter divided
  • cup white whole wheat flour can substitute with all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup Horizon 1% organic low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or about ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice for convenience try using a microwaveable pouch
  • 8 ounces about 1 ¼ cups cooked, diced chicken
  • 3 cups petite broccoli florets cut into bite-sized pieces I use a 10-ounce bag of organic frozen florets for convenience
  • 6 ounces about 1 ½ cups Horizon organic finely-shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup about 52 grams Horizon Cheddar Snack Crackers

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add flour and stir to cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in broth, milk, garlic, and salt and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Allow sauce to cook until it thickens, whisking regularly so that the sauce is smooth (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Remove from heat, stir in cooked rice, chicken, broccoli, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  • Transfer chicken mixture to prepared dish.
  • Place cheddar snack crackers in a large zip-top bag. Seal the bag and use a mallet or rolling pin to crush the crackers into crumbs. You should have about ¾ cup of crumbs.
  • Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a small bowl, add the cheddar cracker crumbs, and toss until the crumbs are coated.
  • Top casserole with remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese and sprinkle with buttered cracker crumbs.
  • Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and heated through (about 20-25 minutes).

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1.5mg