Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

I have to admit that the first time I made this casserole is was…well…just lacking something. It just wasn’t very flavorful. This is kind of a “healthy” meal and we all know that healthy isn’t always delicious. So what’s a girl to do to make dinner better? Add some more unhealthy, of course! I’m lucky enough to have been blessed with skinny genes (thanks Dad!) so if you’re a much better eater than I am, you can find the original recipe here

You Will Need:

-1 package of frozen broccoli (Obviously it doesn’t have to be the frozen kind, but that’s easy and that’s what I had)

-1lb boneless skinless chicken breast (Yes, I also used the frozen kind)

-5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (You’ll need 3 of the bags)

-2 tubs of Ritz round crackers

-1 stick & 1/3 cup of melted butter (That’s like 1 stick and 3/4 of another stick)

-1/4 cup cornstarch dissolved in 1/5 cup of cold water

-1/3 cup chicken broth

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon pepper

-2 cups whole milk

-Seasonings of your choice for chicken

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Season chicken breasts however you like. (I use salt, pepper, and Cavenders)

-Cut chicken into small pieces and cook in a skillet greased with butter

-Cook broccoli according to package directions (This usually consists of cooking it in boiling water)

-Grease a 9×13 baking pan and layer the broccoli and chicken in the bottom.

-In a saucepan over medium heat combine 1/3 cup melted butter, chicken broth, cornstarch dissolved in water, salt, pepper, and milk

-Stir well and continue stirring until sauce has thickened

-Reduce heat to low and stir in 2.5 cups of cheddar cheese.

-Stir until melted

-Pour over chicken and broccoli in baking dish

-Top with 2.5 cups of cheddar cheese

-In a bowl melt 1 stick of butter

-Crush the 2 tubes of Ritz round crackers into the melted butter (Don’t crush too small!)

-Mix the butter and crushed crackers until well coated and mixed

-Pour cracker/butter mix over the top of the casserole

-Bake for 30 minutes

**Note: Andrew asked me if next time I could put the crackers in the filling too. I haven’t tried this yet, but that might be some nice added texture if you want to try it! Let me know how it turns out!

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