Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake

Um, can you tell I like cheese? 😀

I adapted this recipe from Cook’s Country, just by omitting the onions and dry sherry (which I can’t stand).  My dad once made a turkey tetrazinni once when my mom was out of town on business – the recipe called for 1 TABLESPOON and he put in 1 CUP!  Needless to say, I believe we ordered a pizza in that night!

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1.0 pound)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth (reduce to 1 cup if you add the 1/2 cup sherry)
  • 1/4 heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fat free half and half
  • 12 ounces broccoli, chopped, stems peeled and sliced thin
  • 1.5 cups grated Parmesan cheese (yep – use it all – its delicious!)

So I decided this was 4 servings:  Each serving is 497 calories, 28 fat, 21 carbs, 11.2 fiber (nice) and 32 grams protein (without egg noodles)

Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.  Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.  Transfer to plate.

Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter and melt.  Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute.  Whisk in broth, cream and half and half until thickened, about 3 minutes.  Return chicken to skillet, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Transfer chicken to broiler-safe baking dish.

Meanwhile, microwave broccoli on high, covered, in a large bowl until bright green and slightly softened, 2 to 4 minutes.  Add broccoli and 1 cup cheese to skillet, stirring to combine.  Season with salt and peper and pour broccoli mixture over chicken.  Sprinkle remaining chese on top and broil until bubbly, 2 to 4 minutes.  I served ours over egg noodles.

while I kept the chicken breasts whole after putting them back in the pool, I ended up cutting them up in bite size pieces before putting them under the broiler

while I kept the chicken breasts whole after putting them back in the pool, I ended up cutting them up in bite size pieces before putting them under the broiler

I have a “fresh vegetable” button on my microwave and I love it!

still bright green!

still bright green!

So the last step is under the broiler.  I did everything stove top to oven in my cast iron skillet.

deliciously bubbly!!

deliciously bubbly!!

I ended up having 4 ounces of cooked egg noodles, and 1/2 of a serving of the cheesy chicken broccoli bake. 

Of course I kicked it up with crushed red pepper flakes!  My serving was 405 calories, 17 grams of fat and 39 carbs

Of course I kicked it up with crushed red pepper flakes! My serving was 405 calories, 17 grams of fat and 39 carbs

I didn’t realize that my chicken breasts were bone in, so I ended up cutting out the breast, throwing the carcass in 2 cans of chicken broth to make chicken noodle soup.  Since I am incapable of making the correct amount of pasta ever, I knew I’d have leftovers.  That’s going to be my lunch tomorrow!

Tuesday Night is BizTV!  American Idol, which I am watching right now.  OMG, Tatiana is such a drama queen!  I almost wish they would keep her to see what she’d do!    I have Biggest Loser on the DVR so I can fast forward the commercials, and THEN Chopped is on FoodTV!  I don’t think Tony likes Tuesday nights!  But then he reminds me that’s why we have four t.v.’s!

Hope everyone has a great night!  See you tomorrow!

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23 thoughts on “Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake

  1. that is fabulous! i don’t know how anyone can NOT like cheese 🙂

  2. oh, super yummy looking!

  3. agreed…i feel sad for people who live w/o it 😀

  4. Enjoy TV night! Awesome dinner!

  5. Yum! I really like egg noodles for some reason and I haven’t had them in a long time. You’re always reminding me of foods that I like but tend to forget about!

  6. I love broccoli and chili flakes and cheese!

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  7. Another great night of a yummy dinner. My family would love this!

  8. Chicken + Broccoli + Cheese + Noodles = awesome 😀 I love me some cheese as well.

  9. I love cheese too!!! That looks fantastic!

  10. Oh yum factor is big here! Wow….just love it!

  11. Haha, four televisions?!
    Oh wow, super tasty!!!

  12. OMG….this looks absolutely perfect.

  13. That looks so good! And I’m with you on the dry sherry, makes me gag!

  14. dinner is DELICIOSO!!! 😀

  15. ummm…this looks amazing! I love anything cheesy! 🙂

  16. super yummy!!!
    I always make wayyyy too much pasta as well. Good think we like the leftovers lol.

  17. Aw man! You put broccoli in it! Don’t you know that’s a vegetable?

  18. CHEEEEEESE 😀

    Hope you enjoyed your shows!!

  19. Mmmm that looks good. I LOVE cheese =)

  20. This looks so good. Wish my hubby liked broccoli. It gets self-defeating to cook 2 meals. Maybe I’ll make this for myself for lunch.

  21. that looks so good! Cheese is always good

  22. Mmmm….this looks really good!!! I LOVE cheese too, I just can’t do the fat free stuff. If I’m going to eat it, I want the real thing! 🙂

  23. Yum! I really love dishes that incorporate broccoli and cheese! Your pics look delish!

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