Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Bake - Cass's

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By
@1lovetocook1x

This Casserole is another most requested by friends and family.

This can be made with a layer of rice also...I was fresh out of rice, but it's great just the way it is. Just thought I'd throw that out there for other ideas.

This is great alone, or with just a salad, or potato..I served it with browned red potato wedges...



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Serves:

6 - 8

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Ingredients

3 c
cooked chicken, cut up into bite sized pieces
1 - 12 oz
broccoli flourets ( i buy green giant fresh flourets) can use frozen, thawed, boiled or steamed for just a few minutes
1 1/2 c
shredded, cheddar cheese
1
sleeve, ritz crackers
1/4 c
butter
1 Tbsp
dried, parsley
1 - 2 Tbsp
dried onion flakes
1 Tbsp
parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c
cooked rice ( optional )

CHEESE SAUCE

2 c
milk
1/4 c
cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
1/3 c
chicken stock
1 1/2 Tbsp
chicken bullion paste, or 2 - 3 bullion cubes
2 c
milk
1 1/2 c
shredded, cheddar cheese
1 tsp
pepper
1 tsp
salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2
Prepare the broccoli, either steam or boil; for just a few minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK

Drain and run cold water over the broccoli to stop the cooking process..you don't want mushy broccoli.
3
Layer the chicken and broccoli.
4
Sprinkle with the onion flakes; set aside.
5
Sauce:

In a medium sized saucepan; melt the 1/3 cup of butter, and add everything but the cheese, stir and keep stirring until thickened.

I taste the sauce now, and if it needs more salt, pepper, cheese or bullion..I add it now.
6
Stir in the 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted.
7
If using rice, spread it over the broccoli and chicken now. If not; pour the cheese sauce evenly over the chicken and broccoli.
8
Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese over the cheese sauce.
9
Melt the 1/2 stick of butter, pour over the ritz crumbs. Add the Parmesan cheese, parsley flakes; mix well and sprinkle evenly over the casserole.
10
Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Let set for 5 - 10 minutes to set up.


Enjoy!

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