CHICKEN AND BROWN RICE CASSEROLE

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Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

This recipe and accompanying photo comes from the latest copy of Better Homes & Gardens. I have tweaked it slightly to conform to my taste for white meat only. I always love new ways to prepare chicken!

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Serves:
6
Prep:
40 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pkg
    (8 oz.) peeled baby carrots, chopped
  • 3 medium
    leeks, halved lengthwise, rinsed, drained, and thinly sliced (white parts only)
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 3/4 c
    milk
  • 2 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1 can(s)
    (14-1/2 oz.) chicken broth
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, cut up and softened
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 2 tsp
    finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 pkg
    (8.8 oz.ea.) microwavable cooked brown rice
  • 2 or 3 medium
    chicken breasts, pre-cooked
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1/2 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make CHICKEN AND BROWN RICE CASSEROLE

Step-by-Step

  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat. Add carrots, leeks, and garlic; cook 6 minutes or until tender.
  2. Place milk and flour in a screw-top jar; shake until combined. Add milk mixture and chicken broth to skillet; cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly.
  3. Whisk in the cream cheese until melted. Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the cooked rice into a 2-qt. baking dish; break up any clumps. Pour cream cheese mixture over rice. Pull the meat into large chunks and arrange over rice mixture, gently pressing pieces in.
  5. In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave for about 30 seconds. Add panko and stir to coat. Sprinkle over casserole.
  6. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for about 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and lemon peel.
  7. NOTE: This recipe can be make in a healthier version by using non-fat milk, reduced-sodium chicken broth, and reduced-fat cream cheese. Can also use a whole roasted chicken, skin removed.

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About CHICKEN AND BROWN RICE CASSEROLE

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American




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