Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

I have to admit that the first time I made this casserole is was…well…just lacking something. It just wasn’t very flavorful. This is kind of a “healthy” meal and we all know that healthy isn’t always delicious. So what’s a girl to do to make dinner better? Add some more unhealthy, of course! I’m lucky enough to have been blessed with skinny genes (thanks Dad!) so if you’re a much better eater than I am, you can find the original recipe here

You Will Need:

-1 package of frozen broccoli (Obviously it doesn’t have to be the frozen kind, but that’s easy and that’s what I had)

-1lb boneless skinless chicken breast (Yes, I also used the frozen kind)

-5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (You’ll need 3 of the bags)

-2 tubs of Ritz round crackers

-1 stick & 1/3 cup of melted butter (That’s like 1 stick and 3/4 of another stick)

-1/4 cup cornstarch dissolved in 1/5 cup of cold water

-1/3 cup chicken broth

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon pepper

-2 cups whole milk

-Seasonings of your choice for chicken

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Season chicken breasts however you like. (I use salt, pepper, and Cavenders)

-Cut chicken into small pieces and cook in a skillet greased with butter

-Cook broccoli according to package directions (This usually consists of cooking it in boiling water)

-Grease a 9×13 baking pan and layer the broccoli and chicken in the bottom.

-In a saucepan over medium heat combine 1/3 cup melted butter, chicken broth, cornstarch dissolved in water, salt, pepper, and milk

-Stir well and continue stirring until sauce has thickened

-Reduce heat to low and stir in 2.5 cups of cheddar cheese.

-Stir until melted

-Pour over chicken and broccoli in baking dish

-Top with 2.5 cups of cheddar cheese

-In a bowl melt 1 stick of butter

-Crush the 2 tubes of Ritz round crackers into the melted butter (Don’t crush too small!)

-Mix the butter and crushed crackers until well coated and mixed

-Pour cracker/butter mix over the top of the casserole

-Bake for 30 minutes

**Note: Andrew asked me if next time I could put the crackers in the filling too. I haven’t tried this yet, but that might be some nice added texture if you want to try it! Let me know how it turns out!

Published by Raising Rowletts

Farmer's Wife. Homeschooling Mom of 4. Coffee Addict. Disney Travel Agent

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