Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Chicken Broccoli Supreme (Casserole.)
If you’re a fan of the blog, I’m sure you know that I’m a fan of a well made casserole, and the best casseroles, in my opinion, are always based on traditional dishes. This delicious concoction transforms the traditional chicken, broccoli and cheddar dish into a deliciously crumbly casserole that daunts everything your co-workers bring for lunch the next day, but enough talk. Let’s cook. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 0 - What’s Cooking?
+ One pound of broccoli, chopped and steamed for 2 minutes
+ Three cups of chicken breasts, chopped
+ One and a half cups of grated cheddar cheese
+ Two tubes of good-ol’-fashioned Ritz crackers
+ One stick of butter
+ One tablespoon of poppy seeds
+ Sauce: 1/3 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup cornstarch (dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water), 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 2 cups milk, 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.
Step 1 - Lay It Down and Cook It Up
+ Grease a 13 x 9 pan. Layer the breast pieces and broccoli how you’d like.
+ Now, let’s make some sauce. Add to a saucepan over medium heat: butter, cornstarch, chicken broth, seasonings, milk. Stir until the sauce is rather thick.
+ Reduce the heat. Throw in the cheese. Stir until the cheese completely melts.
Step 2 - Drop it Like It’s Hot
+ Drop the delicious sauce over the chicken and broccoli.
+ Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the chicken and broccoli.
+ Crush the Ritz crackers into crumbs.
+ Melt the butter stick. Butter burns easy, so be careful. Add the poppy seeds to the butter. Add about the crumbs to the butter.
+ Drop the mixture of butter and crumbs onto the cheese and broccoli.
Step 3 - Get Baked
+ Do not cover the pan, and bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes, or until bubbly.
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