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Healthier Broccoli Chicken Casserole Recipe

Healthier Broccoli Chicken Casserole Recipe

  • Author: admin
  • Prep Time: 15 MINS
  • Cook Time: 45 MINS
  • Total Time: 1 HOUR
  • Yield: 6-8 SERVINGS 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This healthier Broccoli Chicken Casserole recipe is made with your choice of pasta, tender chicken and broccoli, and the most delicious creamy cheddar mushroom sauce.


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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta* (I used whole-wheat rotini)
  • 1 large head of broccoli*, cut into bite-sized florets (about 1 pound of florets)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups diced (or shredded) cooked chicken

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cook pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water until it is al dente.
    However, about 1 minute before the pasta is done, add the broccoli to the boiling pasta
    water and stir until combined. Drain both the pasta and broccoli, and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter (or oil) in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the
    onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté
    for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mushrooms are cooked through.
  4. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the onion mixture and stir until combined. Cook for 1 minute,
    stirring occasionally. Add in the stock, and stir everything together until most of the clumps
    are gone. Add in the milk, Dijon, salt and pepper and stir until combined. Continue cooking
    the sauce until it reaches a simmer. Then remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the shredded
    cheese until it is combined. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. In a large 9 x 13-inch baking dish, combine the cooked pasta, broccoli, mushroom sauce and
    chicken. Toss until combined. Smooth the casserole out into an even layer.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Then remove pan from the oven, sprinkle the remaining
    cheddar cheese evenly on top of the casserole, and bake for 10 more minutes or until the
    cheese is nice and melty.
  7. Serve warm, garnished with extra black pepper and/or fresh herbs, if desired.

Notes

*Pasta: Any type of pasta will work here — traditional (semolina), whole-wheat, egg, gluten-free, or alternative-grain pasta.

*Broccoli: Feel free to use 1 pound of frozen broccoli florets (thawed) in place of fresh broccoli if you prefer.

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