Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Easy Cheesy Chicken Bake

This is a cheater recipe. I got it off a box of Stove Top chicken stuffing. Did you know that each box of Stove Top has 3 recipes on the back? And they're not half bad? I did alter it a little, of course, because I can never leave well enough alone. If you want the original, go buy your own box!


1 pkg (6 oz) Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
4-5 cups diced, cooked chicken breast
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar

Steam broccoli for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare stuffing as directed on package and set aside. Layer chicken in bottom of 9x13 baking dish; top with broccoli. In a medium bowl, combine soups, milk, and cheese; pour over chicken and broccoli. Top with stuffing. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Okay, okay. Here's the original recipe, in case you want it instead of my AWESOME version:

1 pkg (6 oz) Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" pieces
1 bag (14 0z) frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package; set aside. Mix chicken and broccoli in 13x9-inch baking dish. Stir in soup, milk, and cheese; top with the prepared stuffing. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.

Here's my problem with the original:
  1. It uses raw chicken and I just don't think 30 minutes would make me feel safe to eat it.
  2. It uses frozen broccoli and no matter what I do (thaw it, drain it) it always manages to be soggy and wet in the dish. Fresh is better!
  3. There is not enough sauce for me: the stuffing dries it up a bit.
I'm lucky in that my mom-in-law cooks massive quantities of chicken breast, dices it, and stores it in the freezer in quart-size bags. So all I have to do is thaw it in the microwave. I will be sad when I have my own house and no one to do that for me! Yes, I'm a spoiled brat.

1 comment:

CindyC.wannabequilter said...

Just think what I will have to go through when you aren't around to cook the diced chicken into a full entree! Perhaps I am spoiled as well!