Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake

Gluten Free Living – 2014

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake is fantastic. Chicken, broccoli , whole grain brown rice, lots of cheese, a few other veggies tossed in and a scrumptious sauce makes up this lovely main dish meal. It tastes fabulous and has lots of crunch from the broccoli and great texture from the rice, chicken and other veggies. The smooth creamy, cheese sauce just seems to melt in your mouth. It’s a great casserole to make for company and you can substitute turkey for the chicken during the holidays making a great holiday casserole as well!

I made Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake gluten free as well. It does have a lot of dairy so those of you with dairy allergies will have to find substitutes for the cheese. Almond Breeze is a great substitute for the milk. But for those of you without food allergies, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake is the real deal. Now that cooler fall evenings have set in it’s a lot easier to bake in the oven and not be concerned with heating up the whole house. Another great thing about this recipe is it doesn’t use any canned soups, so you’re not filling your family up with preservatives, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, excess sugar, and other ingredients that are harmful to your health.

My husband loves rice and pasta in recipes. He grew up eating a lot more rice than I did. It’s taken me a long time to learn to enjoy rice. When I made this recipe last month it was gobbled down in a couple of days even though this recipe makes a lot, and there are only the two of us! It is really a satisfying casserole on cool, fall and winter nights. It’s not necessarily low in calories, but it’s a dish you’ll savor for sure. 🙂

If want to enjoy some comfort food tonight, then make up a batch of Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake. Everyone in your family will take second and third helpings of this delightful dish. So, be warned, you won’t have very many leftovers to enjoy on another day. 🙁

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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake is comfort food at its best!

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Every bite of Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake is terrific. You’ll be wanting seconds!

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This is a great recipe to use during the holidays with leftover turkey as well.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients to make Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake.

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Place chicken in a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 40-45 minutes or until cooked through. Cut in chunks and set aside. Meanwhile, cook rice.

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In a skillet melt butter. Add peppers, onions, garlic and mushrooms.

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Mix gluten free flour with some of the evaporated milk. (You can also use cream but regular milk will change the consistency).

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After veggies are tender whisk in the flour/milk mixture.

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Add remaining milk and whisk to incorporate.

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Add part of the cheese.

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Stir sauce until cheese melts.

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Meanwhile, wash and cut broccoli into florets.  Microwave broccoli until done. Sprinkle lemon juice over top. Set aside. 

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Place cut up chicken in the bottom of a greased 10×15″ glass baking dish.

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Place broccoli over top.

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Add cheese sauce and cooked rice. Stir to combine.

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If mixture seems a little too thick, add a little heavy whipping cream.

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Stir to combine and spread into baking dish.

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Top with remaining cheese.

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Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until casserole is bubbly.

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Serve first, second and third helpings to your family and other satisfied diners.

 

Here’s the recipe.

CHEESY CHICKEN BROCCOLI AND RICE BAKE

(Recipe adapted from Neighbor Julia; source: adapted from Salad in a Jar)

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Fabulous comfort food that's filled with chicken, broccoli, rice and other veggies in a rich, thick, creamy, cheesy sauce. This recipe is also great to use up leftover turkey during the holidays. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake is gluten free.
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy #casserole is comfort food at its best! #glutenfree #chicken #broccoli #cheese #rice
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy #casserole is comfort food at its best! #glutenfree #chicken #broccoli #cheese #rice
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in a 9x13” baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake chicken breasts at 350° for about 40-45 minutes or until done.
  4. Cut in bite sized pieces.
  5. Place in greased 10-x15 baking dish.
  6. Meanwhile, cook rice.
  7. Add 3 cups of water to rice and heat to boiling.
  8. Lower heat and simmer until done—about 25-30 minutes.
  9. Add to chicken in baking dish.
  10. Steam broccoli about 3 minutes in microwave in microwavable steamer.
  11. Drain.
  12. Sprinkle lemon juice over top.
  13. Add to dish with chicken and rice.
  14. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  15. Add onions, celery, mushrooms and garlic and sauté a few minutes until translucent.
  16. Stir half a can of evaporated milk with the gluten free flour.
  17. Whisk to combine.
  18. Add to onion mixture and stir to combine.
  19. Add remaining milk and whisk until incorporated.
  20. Add salt, pepper and 3 ½ cups cheese.
  21. Stir and heat a few minutes until cheese melts.
  22. Add cheese mixture to other ingredients in baking dish and stir to combine.
  23. Add cream to make of better spreading consistency.
  24. Top with remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese.
  25. Cover and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until casserole is heated through and bubbly.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: You can also add the heavy whipping cream to the sauce.
Recipe source: adapted from Salad In A Jar.

 

[b]Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake[/b]
Recipe Type: Chicken Main Dish/Casserole
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.neighborjulia.com/2012/08/cheesy-broccoli-chicken-and-rice-bake.html?m=1″ target=”_blank” title=”cheesy broccoli chicken and rice bake”]Neighbor Julia[/url]; source: adapted from [url href=”http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/family-recipes/broccoli-rice-casserole-no-canned-soup” target=”_blank” title=”broccoli rice casserole – no canned soup”]Salad in a Jar[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Fabulous comfort food that’s filled with chicken, broccoli, rice and other veggies in a rich, thick, creamy, cheesy sauce. This recipe is also great to use up leftover turkey during the holidays. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 8-oz. can mushrooms, drained
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic from a jar
  • ¼ cup (one-half stick) butter
  • 2 large crowns broccoli florets (about 4 cups broccoli florets)
  • 2/3 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 tsp. pepper
  • 2 12-oz. cans evaporated milk
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup [url href=”http://www.bobsredmill.com/” target=”_blank” title=”bob’s red mill”]Bob’s Red Mill[/url] all-purpose gluten free flour
  • salt and pepper, as needed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, as needed
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in a 9×13” baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake chicken breasts at 350° for about 40-45 minutes or until done.
  4. Cut in bite sized pieces.
  5. Place in greased 10-x15 baking dish.
  6. Meanwhile, cook rice.
  7. Add 3 cups of water to rice and heat to boiling.
  8. Lower heat and simmer until done—about 25-30 minutes.
  9. Add to chicken in baking dish.
  10. Steam broccoli about 3 minutes in microwave in microwavable steamer.
  11. Drain.
  12. Sprinkle lemon juice over top.
  13. Add to dish with chicken and rice.
  14. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  15. Add onions, celery, mushrooms and garlic and sauté a few minutes until translucent.
  16. Stir half a can of evaporated milk with the gluten free flour.
  17. Whisk to combine.
  18. Add to onion mixture and stir to combine.
  19. Add remaining milk and whisk until incorporated.
  20. Add salt, pepper and 3 ½ cups cheese.
  21. Stir and heat a few minutes until cheese melts.
  22. Add cheese mixture to other ingredients in baking dish and stir to combine.
  23. Add cream to make of better spreading consistency.
  24. Top with remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese.
  25. Cover and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until casserole is heated through and bubbly.
Notes
You can also add the heavy whipping cream to the sauce.

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy #casserole is comfort food at its best! #glutenfree #chicken #broccoli #cheese #rice

If you enjoy cheese, you will LOVE this casserole.

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy #casserole is comfort food at its best! #glutenfree #chicken #broccoli #cheese #rice

Doesn’t Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Bake look delicious?

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