Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chicken, Broccoli and Curry Casserole

Growing up it seemed we had one casserole after another.  I was not opposed to this as I have never met a  casserole I didn't like but as I have gotten more comfortable in my own kitchen I find myself looking at the Pyrex dish wondering what combination of ingredients I can throw in there for another casserole.

Sometimes thought it is good to stick with what you know!  

This is one of those casseroles that is a combination of old and new.  Chicken and broccoli casseroles are nothing new, some even already have curry in them, but this one goes a step further with the sweet flavors of the wine and shallots combined with the savory flavor of the curry.

Love this combination!!!

Chicken, Broccoli and Curry Casserole
4 crowns broccoli, chopped
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons butter
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. shallots, minced (onions would work too)
4 Tbsp. flour
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup white wine (or dry sherry)
1 tablespoons curry powder (depending on taste preference you can use as little as a teaspoon)
6 oz. shredded reduced fat swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Cooking spray

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch for about 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Using a grill pan, saute chicken on medium-low heat on both sides until browned, and just about cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board. When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces.
Heat a medium skillet on medium heat. 
 Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and shallots (or onions).
 Sprinkle flour and whisk until smooth. 
 Stir in broth, milk, curry and wine (or sherry) and bring to a boil. 
 Remove from heat and stir in half of the swiss cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Arrange broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli. 
Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle in remaining swiss cheese, grated parmesan cheese and top with bread crumbs. Spray a little oil on top. Bake 30 minutes, serve hot.
A meal in one dish!  LOVE this!
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