4 October 2016

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I was looking at some recipes on the internet for some dessert while I happened to chance on this recipe. It looked very yummy and as I had all the ingredients in hand, I started on this right away. I did tweak it a little, though and used barnyard millet instead of rice but it turned out pretty well! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/168914/easy-chicken-and-broccoli-casserole/?internalSource=rr_recipe_a&referringId=219043&referringContentType=recipe&clickId=cardslot%201  

Serves 3

  • 1 cup barnyard millet, cooked (I used this instead of rice given in the recipe)
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 cans (300 ml) condensed cream of chicken soup (I used homemade one, recipe given below)
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice 
Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

Makes an equivalent of 4 cans (about 600 ml)

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Bring water and chicken stock cubes to boil in a saucepan. Stir and add 1/2 cup milk and bring to a boil again.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the seasoning to the remaining 1 cup of milk and whisk thoroughly until a smooth mixture forms.
  • Add this to the broth mixture in the saucepan and stir constantly until the mixture is smooth and thick. Remove from heat and use as required.

  • Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook uncovered until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse immediately with cold water to stop the cooking process. Once the broccoli is cold, cut into smaller pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Preheat an oven to 175 degrees C.
  • Stir in the rice, chicken, cheddar cheese, yogurt, almonds, curry powder, garlic powder and lemon juice into the broccoli until evenly mixed. Spoon the mixture into a baking tray.
  • Bake in the preheated until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes and serve hot.

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