Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Bake

***It's amazing how relaxing cooking can be. After a long day at work, I really look forward to getting into the kitchen and creating something new, and this recipe fit the bill definitely qualifies as comfort food, in my opinion. It's simply cheesy goodness, if you ask me....LOL. I served it with the Parmesan Mashed Potatoes listed below and some butter & parsley drop biscuits.***

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Bake
Cook's Country magazine

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs.) (I only used 2 since it's just Brad and me)
Salt & pepper
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 1/2 lbs. broccoli, florets chopped, stems peeled and sliced thin (I used a 16 oz. bag of frozen broccoli)
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (I used finely shredded cheddar/mozzerella cheese)

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tbsp. butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to plate.

2. Add remaining butter and onion to empty skillet and cook until onion is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in broth, cream, and sherry and simmer 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.

3. Meanwhile, microwave broccoli on high power, covered, in large bowl until bright green and slightly softened, 2 to 4 minutes (a little longer if using frozen broccoli). Add broccoli and 1 cup cheese to skillet, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper and pour broccoli mixture over chicken. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and broil until browned and bubbly, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve.


Anonymous said...

Oh yum! Three of my favorite ingredients in a nice bubbly package.

Sarah said...

Cheesy goodness! I love reading your blog, so I have given you a You Make My Day award!

Wills Kitchen said...

This looks good I have been looking for a good chicken and rice recipe-using broccoli. If it is ok, I would like to add your link so I can come see what you are cooking.
(My name is Eugenia the better half of Will’s Kitchen we both cook but I handle the blog site for him. I see you are in B’ham I grew up in Huffman a long time ago but I loved living in Southside back in the 70’s. Most likely, before you were born. LOL.
Eugenia and Will.