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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

Not only is chicken, rice and broccoli a staple fitness meal, it’s also one of the most beloved comfort food meals.  So, let’s combine the two to make a comfort food makeover that nourishes your body and pleases your palate.

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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.