Creamy Dreamy Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

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I don’t usually like broccoli cooked into casseroles because it invariably gets “overdone” by the time the dish is cooked.  But I think I’ve found a solution to that issue with the method I used to put this sinfully rich, tasty casserole together tonight.  The broccoli went into the mixture uncooked!  Voilà! Problem solved.  The broccoli was still quite firm in this final dish and for once, I actually liked this  broccoli casserole!  My husband REALLY liked this and kept dipping up more and more!  I loved it, too!  Guess this one will be a keeper for us. 🙂

I used precooked chicken, but you could dice up your chicken breast and sear in grease if you don’t happen to have any pre-cooked on hand.  This recipe is EASY! PEASY!  Basically you just toss the ingredients together in a bowl,  pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish, top with cheese and bake!

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you omit the wild rice.  Just increase the broccoli by 1 more cup and the dish will taste just fine.  This recipe, because of the small amount of wild rice in it, should not be enjoyed until you reach Pre-Maintenace or Maintenance due to the rice.  This dish is not suitable for a Primal-Paleo regimen.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked chicken meat, diced large

2 c. broccoli, cut into small flowerettes and stem pieces

5 oz. cream cheese, softened

3 T. melted butter

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

3 T. mayonnaise (I use homemade)

½ tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend (or your favorite blend)

3/4 c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

Dash black pepper

1 c. cooked wild rice (you could substitute hemp hearts to lower the carbs)

4 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded (for topping)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a 9×13  or large oval casserole dish.  Cut up the broccoli and chicken and place in large mixing bowl.  Add the softened cream cheese and melted butter.  Stir well.  Now add all remaining ingredients except the  Monterey Jack Cheese.  Stir well to blend and pour into the greased baking dish.  Sprinkle the Jack cheese on top and bake at 350º for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  I served with a nice green salad and some garlic toast made with my favorite Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

485 calories,  39 g  fat, 9.70 g  carbs, 1.30 g  fiber, 8.4 g  NET CARBS, 25 g  protein, 597 mg sodium

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4 comments on “Creamy Dreamy Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

  1. I made this today following the recipe exactly, using freshly made homemade mayonnaise and the spice mixture. I used hemp hearts in stead of rice. I substituted Vermont sharp cheddar cheese for topping; forgot to buy Monteray Jack cheese. My honest opinion was that it tasted OK, not great. It was missing something. I left an entire 1 1/2 casseroles with my Mom. Later, I ate a small portion for dinner. Still same opinion. I will not make this again. I called my Mom and instructed her to throw out remainder. I was disappointed; wasted money and my time. It wasn’t horrible, just not great. I will discard recipe. Sorry. But I tried.

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    • So sorry you didn’t enjoy it, Lena. More of the Shawarma spice, or perhaps even a DIFFERENT spice you are more fond of would be more pleasing to your palate on this dish more.

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  2. This recipe sounds so delicious, and I can’t wait to try it soon. I will use 6 individual casserole dishes to control portion. Wondering if this can be frozen. Should I freeze it uncooked or cooked. I will be using Hemp hearts instead of rice. Do I cook this or use raw? Thank you.

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