Chicken, Broccoli, and Brown Rice Casserole Recipe
I know I don’t post as many recipes here as I use to – I still cook a ton, but I share more of my recipes on my Instagram because it is so quick to post over there. But, I have got to start putting more recipes back over here on the blog. That is one of the reasons I started this blog back in 2010 – to keep a journal of my families recipes that – I hope – my kids will refer back to when they are cooking for their own families one day.
Ok – so back to tonight’s dinner. I can remember eating this when I was young. It was a recipe that was repeated pretty regularly and I always loved it when I saw it coming together for dinner.
I had to change it up – I remember there being a certain can of soup involved and I wanted to create the same sauce with fresh ingredients but still take a few shortcuts. I love the new Nature’s Promise organic cooked brown rice packets. I’ve been using them a ton lately for taco night, burrito bowls, and now this casserole. Just heat in the microwave and serve.
- 8 ounces cooked brown rice (I used Natures Promise precooked rice)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces pre sliced button mushrooms
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into small cubes
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 - 12 ounce bag (microwave-in-bag) fresh broccoli
- 1½ cups organic whole milk
- 3 tablespoons corn starch
- ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- cook rice to package directions - set aside.
- heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add oil to pan, add onion, garlic, mushrooms, dash of salt and pepper.
- saute until cooked 6-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- cook the broccoli in the microwave according to the package directions - 3 minutes. open the package to release the steam.
- combine milk and corn starch - whisk until smooth.
- stir milk mixture into chicken in skillet.
- cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
- stir in rice and broccoli, season again with salt and pepper.
- sprinkle with cheese.
- serve warm!
This casserole comes together pretty quick and I cooked it while my two and three year old were napping this afternoon so that it would be ready to go when they were hungry. I bet it will taste even better tomorrow – yep – leftovers because it makes a fair amount for double duty dinner.
I was chatting up with my neighbor at the bus stop yesterday. We were saying how we both struggle to put a decent meal together come dinner time BECAUSE it has been so nice outside. We want to hang out there with the kids into the late afternoon – but then who is inside cooking? Can’t eat pizza every night! Or can we?!
So, again, a meal that I can put together in about 30 minutes while my kids nap that also provides me with two meals is a win! When my kindergartener got off the bus this afternoon close to 4pm, we were able to hang outside for another hour. The more fresh air the better – makes for a good night sleep and less stress and bedtime.