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Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

This hearty, cheesy dish will have your family begging for broccoli. Paired with cheese and Cajun Country Rice, who could resist?

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders, cut into 1" pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • your favorite brand of seasoning, to taste
  • 1 cup Cajun Country Rice, Medium Grain
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 2/3 cup chicken broth, divided as noted
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 14 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Season chicken with your preferred brand of seasoning.
  • In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring until soft, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  • Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook while stirring occasionally for about 6 minutes more, or until chicken is golden and cooked through.
  • Stir in rice, heavy cream and 1 cup of the broth. Bring to a simmer and cook until rice is tender, about 20-30 minutes. Add remaining 1 2/3 cups broth, broccoli and 10 oz of cheddar cheese, and cook until broccoli is tender and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle chicken mixture with remaining cheese and bread crumbs, and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
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