(26) Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I hate it when you get a recipe that needs tweaking, but you’re not quite sure what needs to be tweaked. I dont think I liked how much mayo was in this. If I make it again I will use 1/2 sour cream, 1/2 mayo. I also failed to buy cream of mushroom soup, so I used a can of mushroom pieces + a can of cream of chicken soup. It worked fine.

I served the casserole over white rice (it needed something – maybe egg noodles would be good too?!). It’s filling and pretty yummy, though. I’d love to hear if you’ve made this and what you thought/did differently.


Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

CL Comments: For crisper broccoli, remove it from the boiling water after three minutes. Serve with a simple green salad.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Source: Cooking Light Magazine, September 2005

3 quarts water
1 (12-ounce) package broccoli florets
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dash of nutmeg
1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed 30% reduced-sodium 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400°.

Bring water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, and cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Transfer broccoli to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Add chicken to boiling water; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until done. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; cool slightly. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, and add chicken to bowl with broccoli.

Combine evaporated milk, flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a saucepan, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add mayonnaise, next 4 ingredients (through soup), and 1/2 cup cheese, stirring until well combined. Add mayonnaise mixture to broccoli mixture; stir gently until combined.

Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until mixture bubbles at the edges and cheese begins to brown. Remove from oven; let cool on a wire rack 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 276 (25% from fat), Fat: 7.8g (sat 3.5g,mono 1.8g,poly 1.1g), Protein: 31.1g, Carbohydrate:18.9g, Fiber: 2.1g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Iron: 1.6mg, Sodium: 696mg, Calcium: 365mg

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