Monday, January 4, 2010

Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Day one of my 2010 diet moderation plan is nearly over and unless I find my way to the leftover Christmas cookies at some point during the night, I'm going to label it a success. If those cookies are gone in the morning, I'll obviously blame hubby or sleepwalking.

This chicken, broccoli and rice casserole is a quick and easy meal. It's a creamy, comforting blend of lean protein, vegetables, dairy and grains. Add a fruit salad for dessert and you've got yourself a completely balanced meal. I'm going to opt for some cottage cheese and sugar-free jello for my evening snack while I watch Intervention and Hoarders. Am I the only freak who watches these shows?

Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

12 ounces cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
3/4 cup brown rice, cooked in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth per package instructions
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 can cream of chicken soup (I used Campbell's Healthy Request)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
1 chicken bouillon cube
4 oz shredded 2% cheddar cheese
4 cups broccoli

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.

Heat olive oil in skillet. Add onion and celery, season with salt and pepper and saute until softened, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Add chicken soup and thyme.

Heat broth in microwave and add bouillon cube. Stir to dissolve. Add broth and milk to the skillet and stir until smooth. Gradually add cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

In a microwave safe dish, cook broccoli and 1 TBSP of water on high for 4 minutes. Add broccoli to skillet. Add cooked rice and chicken. Stir to combine all. Pour into casserole dish and bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until bubbly and browned.


June said...

Yumm, that's looks wonderful and good for you, you've made it through day 1...mmm Intervention and Hoarders - sounds like someone's been looking in our garage. LOL

HoneyB said...

Looks delicious!

Your doing better than me ;o) I have been exercising but today I wasn't so good with my food.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Yeah! Day One is always the most difficult...right?

Keep going, Carrie

Snooty Primadona said...

Oh. Yeah. You'd have to put me to sleep to make me not want this. De-lish!

stephchows said...

bad TV totally helps fight cravings ;) Although I seem to end up watching really bad reality dating shows... yikes!

my go to late night snack is a bowl of puffed cereal (kamut or corn normally)

Debbie said...

Looks wonderful. I think everyone in my house would love that! I have watched Intervention and like you are not alone!!! I have yet to watch Hoarders....but I'm sure I will. I like real life TV.

A Year on the Grill said...

This is a keeper!

My moderation is also in the works, so all these recipes are appreciated

Moogie said...

Mags, this one is a keeper.

Karen said...

Looks good! I love brown rice... it just seems like there's more to chew on! LOL

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks like a tasty casserole... Broccoli is my favorite!