I am such a lucky mom as my son is a big fan of broccoli!! He can eat it raw, steamed or whatever form. So, I do not have to bribe him, convince him or hide it in the food. However, I am really not a big fan and I am so bad at making it for him consistently. Just steaming it for me is not appealing enough so I tend to forget about it 😦
So, after some guilt feelings, I thought I will make chicken casserole with broccoli. And this dish did highlight the good side of broccoli for myself specially since my son eat it anyway. As you might guess by now, I am not a big fan of broccoli. So, I diced it so small and covered it with my happy flavors of chicken, bechamel sauce and cheese. It was YUMMY but It is heavy so going forward I will stick to steaming the broccoli for my son. Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe. It is nice to have a comforting heavy dish once in a while.
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 minced red onion
1 tsp paprika
1 lime juice
2 tsp all spices
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp mustard
Red chili pepper flakes (optional)
2 cups béchamel sauce or a can of chicken cream soup (however I prefer the béchamel sauce)
2 cups chopped frozen broccoli
1 cup mixed shredded cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp breadcrumbs
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
In the food processor, chop the onion to be very thin.
Mix the onion with salt, pepper, mustard, paprika, oregano, all spices, yogurt and lime juice. If you like spicy, add red chili pepper flakes to the mix.
Pour this mix on the chicken. Place in the fridge for at least 30 mins to marinate.
Bring a large pan to heat.
Add the olive oil.
Add the chicken. We will just give the chicken some color and take it off the heat and set it on a plate. It will finish its cooking in the oven.
Use the same pan and add the broccoli on medium heat. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and stir it for a minute.
Now the layering:
Add the broccoli in the baking dish.
Pour over half the béchamel or the cream soup.
Add half the cheeses on the top.
Add the other half of the béchamel or cream soup.
Now add the other half of the cheeses on the top.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Hope you like it!