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Chicken broccoli cheese casserole recipe

By Main Dish, Oven, Recipes7 Comments

Let me set the record straight: Fat does not make you fat.  And that’s a pretty darn good thing because the Ritz cracker topping on this chicken broccoli cheese casserole has a whole stick of butter in it.  I don’t know about you, but in my world, butter = delicious.

My first inspiration to make a Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole came from this recipe on Pinterest.  After making it many, many times, I figured out exactly how to tweak it to my family’s liking.

I love this recipe because it’s a one dish meal.  You have a lean meat, vegetable, dairy product, and starch all in one casserole dish. Plus my one year old goes crazy for it.  Bonus!

This Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole recipe is easy enough that anyone can make it.  Seriously.  Let me hold your hand and walk you through it…

chicken broccoli cheese casserole

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tubes Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • cooking spray

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (I use 2% or skim)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (You can substitute milk if you don’t want to open a new can/carton of broth)
  • 1 1/2 cups of above cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray an 8×8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.  Put into a medium-sized pot and cover with water.  Boil 12 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Steam broccoli for 5 minutes.  (Sometimes I just throw the broccoli in with the chicken for the last 5 minutes.)
  4. Prepare cheese sauce by melting the butter in a sauce pan.  Add flour, salt, and pepper and stir into a paste.  Add milk and chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Boil for one minute, until sauce thickens.  Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese until it melts.
  5. Combine chicken, broccoli, and cheese sauce.  Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese on top.
  7. Combine crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter, and spread on top of casserole.
  8. Bake 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and casserole is bubbly.

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PS Have you checked out my Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes Cookbook yet?  It’s full quick and delicious Crockpot recipes.  You’re gonna love it!

Toddler-approved banana mini muffins

By Breakfast, Freezer-Friendly, Oven, Recipes, Side DishNo Comments

Today you’ll find me writing for the blog, ‘A Healthy Slice of Life.’

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I love when my toddlers join me in the kitchen to cook and bake. My girls are 3 years old and 17 months old, and I want them to grow up eating homemade meals (most of the time) and knowing how to cook.

When we make a recipe that includes fruits or vegetables, I want to share the recipe with every mom who I know so they can make it too. Is it possible to ever have too many recipes for toddler-approved healthy meals and snacks?

We always have a lot of fun making these mini muffins, and I know your family will like them too.

toddler approved banana mini muffins

Continue reading and snag my recipe on A Healthy Slice of Life