creamy chicken & broccoli casserole

  • broccoli florets – about 3 cups
  • olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • butter – 1 tbsp
  • chicken breast – 1 pound (500 g), sliced and cubed
  • salt and pepper – generous amount
  • garlic powder – generous amount
  • onion – 1 medium white or red, diced
  • garlic – 3 cloves, minced
  • crimini mushrooms – about 2 cups, quartered
  • dry white wine – 1/2 cup
  • chicken stock – 1 cup
  • sour cream – 1 cup
  • flour – 1 tbsp
  • cream cheese – 1 8 oz (200 g) package
  • croutons – about a cup, crushed

instructions

  • Pre heat oven to 375 F (190 C).
  • Steam the broccoli florets until just under tender and place them in the bottom of a greased casserole dish.
  • Heat  the olive oil and butter  in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat,  then add the chicken, sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then cook until done – stir frequently and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Using a strainer, remove the cooked chicken from the pan and arrange it in the dish with the broccoli.
  • Leave the liquid in the pan and lower the heat a little, add the diced onion, sprinkle it  with salt and pepper, and cook for about 3 minutes, or until beginning to brown.
  • Add the garlic and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium high, add the mushrooms and cook until they have released most of their liquid, about 5 – 6 minutes.
  • Increase heat to high, then pour in the wine, and boil until the liquid reduces by about half, about 3 minutes.
  • Using a fork, whisk the flour, cream cheese, sour cream and stock together until blended, then stir into the sauce and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken and broccoli, and bake in the oven about 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the croutons bits over the top about 10 minutes before the casserole is done.
  • This goes really well with a heartier grain like wild or brown rice or whole-wheat  pasta – although it’s also very good by itself with a nice crusty bread.
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