Kait’s Recipe: Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Autumn is coming, y’all.

Dust off your slow cookers and gravy boats, order your turkeys (can you believe we are only a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving?) and watch for my comfort food recipes here.

While I will miss summer, I sort of love being in bed when it’s raining, blankets around my chin. I love the way my apartment smells when there’s something delicious in the oven, something that has been lovingly coddled all day. Sadly those food adventures are saved for weekends, but I have an arsenal of recipes that are quick and soothing after a long day of work.

This recipe was concocted in the interests of convenience and a general love of anything containing creamy, tender chicken and is perfect for leftovers. Enjoy!

 

Autumn Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can low fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 3 cups whole wheat Rotini pasta + 2 cups salted water
  • 1 tsp each pepper, salt, oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook chicken with olive oil, garlic, and onion in a sautee pan over medium heat.

While cooking, mix milk, soup, and seasonings in a small bowl. Add to chicken, and reduce heat to medium-low.

Start your pasta – let boil until pasta just reaches al dente (‘to the teeth’) texture. In the last minute of boiling, add broccoli to the pot and drain both.

Combine pasta and broccoli with your chicken mixture in the sautee pan, stirring well. Add to casserole dish.

Top with grated cheese, then cover dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Et voila!

Serve with garlic bread for a comforting meal on a rainy day.

Happy Eating,

kait

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s