Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chicken & Broccoli-Rice Casserole

While browsing the web one day I spied this recipe. I remember back in the day pre-vegan when I loved a casserole of chicken and rice. I wanted to make this vegan -- and I did - the results were fantastic. I've made this twice and a third time isn't far away. This is one nice comfort food meal to have.
  • 1 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head), steamed
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 package Beyond Meat chicken strips, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 teaspoons flour
  • 2 cups vegan milk, divided (I used Almond Breeze unsweet)
  • 1/3 cup vegan sour cream (I used Tofutti)
  • 3/4 package Daiya shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot then add rice. Cook according to package directions. When rice has 5 minutes left to cook add broccoli and green onions on top to steam.

Meanwhile, whisk together flour and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl. 

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour milk/flour mixture into skillet then add remaining 1-1/2 cups milk. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until thickened, 7-10 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat then add 3/4 of the shredded cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and stir until smooth. Add rice and stir well.

Stir in steamed broccoli stir well.

And chopped chicken to the mixture and stir again.

Heat oven to 350. Scoop mixture into a sprayed 9×7 casserole dish.

Top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is melted then let casserole rest for 5 minutes before serving.

This is really a one-dish dinner with the protein, veg and rice all mixed together. Serve with bread and/or a side salad.
Enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. I make something similar but never tried vegan before. Looks great!

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    1. Kimberly,
      Any vegan faux chicken should work. My local store just started carrying Beyond Meat and it's a wonderful product. If you make this dish let me know what you think.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Glo

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  2. I really like the combo - can it e made in larger muffin cups and frozen for warm up on days when I really don't feel like a dirty kitchen?

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    1. giz,
      I'm sure you could put it in large muffin tins or individual dishes and bake for individual servings or smaller casserole dishes to feed 2. It reheats well in the microwave. Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
      Glo

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  3. I really like the combo - can it e made in larger muffin cups and frozen for warm up on days when I really don't feel like a dirty kitchen?

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