Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli

Bake this easy casserole recipe the same day. Or make it ahead and freeze it up to one month. To bake the frozen version, thaw it overnight (or 8 hours) in the fridge, then bake it following the Make-Ahead Tip.


Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli

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Ingredients
  • 1   cup 
    parboiled (converted) rice
  • 1/2  cup 
    sliced green onion
  • 6   
    skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1   teaspoon 
    dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    bottled minced garlic or 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1   tablespoon 
    cooking oil
  • 1   tablespoon 
    cornstarch
  • 2 1/4  cups 
    milk
  • 1  3  ounce package 
    cream cheese, cut up
  • 1 1/2  cups 
    loose-pack frozen cut broccoli
  • 1/2  cup 
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3  cup 
    diced fully cooked ham
  • 2   tablespoons 
    toasted sliced almonds
Directions
1.
Cook rice according to package directions; remove from heat and stir in half the onion.
2.
In a large skillet cook chicken, Italian seasoning, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning once. Remove from skillet; reserve drippings.
3.
For sauce, cook remaining onion in reserved skillet drippings until tender, adding more oil as necessary. Stir in cornstarch; add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; stir in cream cheese until nearly smooth. Remove from heat; stir in broccoli, Parmesan cheese, and ham. Cool.
4.
Spread rice in a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange chicken atop rice; season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over chicken. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven about 10 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with almonds. Makes 6 servings.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Assemble casserole as above. Cover with foil; seal, label, and freeze for up to 4 months. The night before serving, place frozen casserole, covered, in the refrigerator to thaw. Bake thawed casserole, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until heated through.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 409, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 81, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 34, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 31, vit. A (RE) 257.56, vit. C (mg) 14.17, sodium (mg) 384, calcium (mg) 363.48, iron (mg) 3.06, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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