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MARIA’S WEEKLY RECIPE: CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI NOODLE CASSEROLE


1 square: 313 Cals

27 Protein

31 Carbs

10 Fats

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole is sure to be a family crowd pleasure for weeknight dinner, even those with picky palates.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 oz egg noodles, or no-yolk

  • 2 tsp oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin

  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets, chopped

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour

  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup 1% milk

  • 12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast

  • 4 oz shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar, Sargento

  • cooking spray

  • 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese

  • 2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs, whole wheat!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly under-cooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook on medium heat until golden, about 1 minute.

  3. Add the broccoli and a little salt, sauté and cover the broccoli for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the broccoli begins to soften. Set aside.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 9 x 12 casserole dish with cooking spray.

  5. In a large pot, heat butter over medium-low heat, when melted add the shallot and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes.

  6. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat; whisk well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes).

  7. Remove from heat and add reduced fat sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese; mix well until the cheese melts.

  8. Add the shredded chicken, noodles and broccoli to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated.

  9. Pour into a casserole dish and top with Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.

  10. Spray a little more cooking spray on top and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler for a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp and golden (careful not to burn). Divide in 6 equal portions.



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