Dinner and a Movie #8 The Dinner: Broccoli, Rice, and Chicken…

Dinner and a Movie #8

The Dinner: Broccoli, Rice, and Chicken Casserole

From my favorite food blog, Table for Two, a delicious casserole that is a lightened up version of the dish that ruled the University of Michigan’s dining halls – chicken, broccoli bake. I’ve never made a casserole before and I couldn’t turn this down on a chilly (LA chilld, not, you know, real chilly) night. 

The Recipe: Yield: 4 servings | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30-40 minutes | Source: Table for Two original

INGREDIENTS:

5 chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch cubes, uncooked

1 cup white rice (not instant), uncooked

1 3/4 cup whole milk

1 (10.75 ounce) can of cream of chicken

1 1/2 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed

1 3/4 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish (mine was ceramic, but you may use glass).
  2. In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients except the Ritz crackers, together until well-incorporated.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the greased casserole dish, spread into an even layer, then sprinkle Ritz crackers on top of the mixture.
  4. Bake mixture, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, or whenever rice and chicken are done cooking (mine took about 30 minutes, yours may take longer depending on your oven).
  5. To get a deeper, golden color, you may put the casserole under the broiler for 3-5 minutes. Be careful to watch it carefully!
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • This may be prepared ahead of time (reserving the Ritz cracker topping until you’re ready to bake), kept covered in the refrigerator, and put into the oven, uncovered, when you’re ready.
  • I didn’t give a salt/pepper measurement as everyone’s taste preference is different. My husband and I honestly thought the salt content from the buttery Ritz crackers were enough for this dish, however, if you don’t feel it would be, I encourage you to adapt this recipe to your taste – add salt and pepper, to taste. Start with 1/2 tsp. at a time, taste it, and increase until desired taste.
  • If after 30-40 minutes, your rice is still not fully cooked through, cover the casserole with foil and cook longer.

The Movie: Escape from Los Angeles

Is there any other way to spend a chilly* night in Los Angeles than with Snake Plissken?

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