Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

This dish is definitely a staple in our house, and it can be mixed around with many different ingredients. Known simply as a variation of "Chicken Noodlely Goodness," if the sauce is made ahead of time, this can be a very quick weeknight meal.

1/2 Chicken Breast per person, cut into 1" cubes
Hot cooked noodles (to taste)
3 cups of Broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
Salt, Pepper, Powdered or fresh Garlic and Powdered Onion to taste
1 1/2 Cups of Garlic and Basil White Sauce

Over medium high heat, cook the chicken cubes in a small amount of oil with the salt, pepper, garlic and onion. Cook through thoroughly.
Steam the broccoli if fresh, or blanch with boiling salted water if frozen, so that the broccoli is cooked but still firm to the bite (al dente.)
Mix the cooked chicken, cooked broccoli and sauce, and pour over the hot noodles. Stir, sprinkle with additional Parmesan and serve. Can also be topped with finely crushed Ritz or other buttery crackers for a crunchy topping. Can be mixed together and placed into a lightly buttered 13x9" baking dish and heated for 10-15 minutes for serving at a pot-luck.
Bacon can be added to this for an additional 'kick.'

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