You can’t go wrong with tried and trued dish like cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. Our version gives this classic recipe a power boost by using Success® Quinoa instead of rice.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Within the last 3 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli to cooking water. Drain.
In same saucepan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and sauté until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Reserve.
In same pan add remaining oil and heat over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Brown chicken in oil. Reserve.
Add butter to pan and melt. Stir in flour and poultry seasoning. Cook, stirring constantly, one minute.
Quickly whisk in milk and continue to whisk until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese, quinoa, broccoli, and chicken.
Spread mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with toasted bread crumbs.
That’s right, there is no rice to be found in this delicious Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. This recipe takes the beloved traditional recipe up a notch by using Success® Boil-in-Bag Quinoa instead of rice for fuller flavor and a heartier meal. Just one bite and you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t make the switch sooner!
Don’t let the long list of steps discourage you, this is not a difficult recipe and it’s well worth the effort! Start by preparing the quinoa according to package directions and adding the broccoli to that just before the quinoa is done. Drain that and use the saucepan to brown the bread crumbs in olive oil and then set those aside. Use the same saucepan again to then season and brown the chicken in olive oil, then set that aside, too.
Follow that by melting butter in the saucepan, then stirring in the flour and poultry seasoning. Cook while stirring constantly for one minute, then whisk in the milk and continue until the mixture thickens. Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in the cheese, quinoa, broccoli, and chicken. Pour the mixture into a baking dish, bake for 30 minutes, top with toasted bread crumbs, and enjoy!