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Cheesy broccoli chicken brown rice bake. The best broccoli chicken rice casserole you've ever had (and will ever have.. dangit!) // 40 Aprons

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Brown Rice Bake

The best broccoli chicken rice casserole you've ever had - made with a rich mornay sauce, nutty brown rice, and absolutely doused in cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked, Broccoli Chicken, Brown Rice, Cheesy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 892 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion , chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 cups stock
  • 1/2 teaspon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts , cooked and diced into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups brown rice , cooked or frozen
  • 2 large heads of broccoli , cut into florets (about 7-8 cups), raw
  • 3-4 cups shredded cheese (depending on how cheesy you want)
  • salt and pepper , to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent and very soft, almost browning, about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until very aromatic.
  2. Sprinkle flour over and whisk to combine. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until flour is cooked and mixture is a strong yellow color. Add stock and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a strong simmer. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Stir in thyme leaves and salt and pepper, to taste. Reduce heat and stir in 2 cups cheese. Whisk until very well combined and remove from heat.
  3. In an ungreased 13x9" pan, combine chicken, brown rice, and broccoli then pour sauce over. Stir until combined. Sprinkle remaining 1-2 cups cheese over top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces a piece of broccoli. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces a piece of broccoli. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Brown Rice Bake
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 892 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 171mg57%
Sodium 1634mg71%
Potassium 1515mg43%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 2328IU47%
Vitamin C 184mg223%
Calcium 425mg43%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.