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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 380
Protein 36g
Fat 11g
Carbs 36g
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Slow-cooked Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe

We all know how good chicken is. If you like having chicken as much as I do, then you definitely love enjoying it with an occasional siding of rice. Chicken, vegetable, and rice, now that sounds like a staple fitness meal.

Today’s recipe is slow-cooked chicken broccoli rice casserole and while the name already sounds like a mouthful, the taste and fullness of the actual meal is even more so. Preparation-wise, this dish is super simple and easy to make. Time-wise, that’s where things take a dip. Nevertheless, this recipe is sure to tickle your tastebuds and make every minute of waiting worth it.

The term casserole comes from the French word meaning “Sauce-pan.” With European origins dating as far back as 1254, a casserole is basically a dish that’s cooked in a deep pan and can be done with a vast array of ingredients. Chicken and broccoli are both rich in protein, with broccoli providing additional iron, potassium, fibre, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Casseroles are often very rich and flavorful. This slow cooked chicken broccoli rice casserole is not only very delicious, but also very healthy as the cooking process allows the ingredients to really develop flavor and brings out those nutrients.

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To make 5 servings, you’ll need 1-pound Chicken Breast Fillet, 12 ounces of Raw Broccoli Florets, 4 ounces of Greek Yogurt (2%), ½ Diced Red Onion, 1 Cup of Uncooked Brown Rice, 3 ½ Cups of Low Chicken Broth, 2/3 Cup of 3-Cheese Blend or Equivalent, 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoons of Minced Garlic, 1 Teaspoon of Thyme, and 1 Teaspoon of Rosemary.

Ready your slow cooker and set it to saute on low heat. Coat it in olive oil and saute the garlic and onions for about 3 – 5 minutes or until the onions caramelize. Next, add in the brown rice along with the thyme and rosemary. Mix it up until every rice grain is seasoned.

Pour in the chicken broth then add in the filleted chicken breast. Give it a good stir then allow to cook at medium-high heat for 3 – 5 hours. During the last hour of cooking, stir everything up again then lather it with the greek yogurt and cheese blend. Mix until creamy.

Take the broccoli florets and rest them atop the rice. Do not mix. Instead, let them cook via steam so that they’re tender and crispy.

Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole

Ingredients

Ingredients for 5 servings

Serving size: approximate ~1 cup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice (I used short-grain brown rice)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1lb chicken breast, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup (4oz) 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup 3-cheese blend (I used Kroger Casserole blend)
    • Substitute: Monterey jack; parmesan; reduced fat cheddar
  • 12oz raw broccoli florets
Steps
  1. Turn on the saute function on the slow cooker and set to low heat.  Add olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute in the slow cooker for about 3 to 5 minutes until the onions are caramelized.
  2. Add uncooked brown rice, fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Mix it all up and ensure that every grain of rice is covered in the seasoning.
  3. Pour in chicken broth followed by diced raw chicken breasts. Stir it up and pop the top.  Cook on medium-high heat for 3 to 5 hours.
  4. When there’s about an hour left of cooking, stir it up then add Greek yogurt and cheese.  Mix it up until it’s creamy.
  5. Place raw broccoli florets on top of the rice but DO NOT mix – let the surrounding steam soften them to ensure they are crisp tender. Secure the top and cook for remaining time.
  6. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.  NOTE: If you need to add more liquid, add tablespoons of chicken broth until you reach desired consistency.

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Calories
380
Protein
36g
Fat
11g
Carbs
36g
Sodium
Fiber
3g
Sugar
4g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.