I think it's a little sad how quickly Thanksgiving day comes and goes... seeing as how countless hours are spent planning, shopping, preparing, cooking, and cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner. But I hope you are at least still enjoying some delicious turkey and cranberry sandwiches or some leftover pumpkin pie? I thought I might be able to make a couple recipes using Thanksgiving leftovers... but we didn't have any food left over. Seriously!
Here is a recipe I would have used leftover turkey in if I had some! The recipe is a cross between a good ole' Chicken and Rice Bake and a Chicken Divan. This is basic one-dish, healthy comfort food at it's best!
Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli Bake
2 cups (12 oz. bag) broccoli florets, cooked
2 cups cubed chicken, cooked (or leftover Thanksgiving turkey)
1 can (10.75 oz.) cream of chicken soup, 98% fat-free
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked brown rice or wild rice
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch of paprika
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, reduced fat
3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted (or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, light)
How to Make It:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the cooked broccoli and chicken into a 9x9 or 9 inch round baking dish.
|I used broccoli and cauliflower|
Stir the soup, water, rice and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour the soup and rice mixture over the broccoli and chicken. Sprinkle with paprika, then with the cheese.
Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the cheese. Cover baking dish.
Bake for 40 minutes (removing the cover for the last 5 minutes) or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
YUM. So whether you're using chicken or (leftover Thanksgiving) turkey, a Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli Bake is a healthy and easy one-dish meal. :) I like that this is a very basic and versatile recipe too... you could add different vegetables to the bake like carrots, peas, or corn. You could also change the cheese! Tonight I used broccoli and added cauliflower... and used mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar (since that's all I had in the fridge). Chicken (or turkey), rice, veggies, and cheese all come together is such harmony... you can have fun and mix it up!
Note: this dish could be a great Make-Ahead meal too... just put it in the freezer instead of the oven! Defrost and heat later.
I suppose it's time to start my holiday baking.... Christmas will be here before we know it! Eeek