Chicken, Broccoli and Parmesan Bake

Chicken, Broccoli and Parmesan Bake

Click here for a FREE copy of the "Top 10 MUST-HAVE Kitchen Gadgets" It’s hard to tell from the picture but there are big chunks of chicken and crisp-tender broccoli hiding under that crunchy, buttery breadcrumb topping. This is like the best, from-scratch version of your mom’s chicken and broccoli casserole. The broccoli is fresh, not frozen and the sauce starts with butter and flour instead of a can of condensed soup. To keep things easy, the chicken is a store-bought rotisserie. My boyfriend said, “This is exactly what I want to eat on a Sunday night” and I completely agree. Chicken, Broccoli and Parmesan Bake   Save Print Prep time 40 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 25 mins   Author: The Krave Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup canned bread crumbs ¼ cup flour 1 cup 1% milk 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 pound broccoli florets ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Chop the chicken breasts into 1" bite-sized pieces. Reserve the dark meat for another use. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly butter a 13x9 baking dish. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the butter to a bowl and toss with the breadcrumbs. Set the breadcrumbs aside. Heat the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat, then add the flour and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until...
Penne with Olive-Pine Nut Sauce

Penne with Olive-Pine Nut Sauce

  If you’ve ever had dinner at my house, you’ve probably had this dish. It is hands down, without a doubt, my all-time favorite pasta dish. The flavors are big and bold and the sauce is ready in the time it takes the pasta to cook, making it a go-to weeknight meal for me. I keep most of these ingredients on hand at all times so I can throw this dish together anytime the mood strikes…which is often. I would love to take credit for this recipe but the credit goes to chef Art Smith. My dear friend Kim gave me his cookbook, Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family, for Christmas way back in 2002. I was a recent college grad with a burgeoning interest in all things culinary and I quickly devoured the contents of this beautiful, heartfelt cookbook with this recipe finding a top spot on my regular cooking rotation. Five years later I decided to pursue a culinary career and found myself teaching cooking classes for Common Threads, a non-profit organization founded by….Art Smith. Talk about full circle. I’ve been making this dish for 12 years (HOW?!) and last year when I started dating my now boyfriend, it was the first thing I cooked for him. He grew up with an Italian mother and grandmother so when it got his seal of approval I knew it was blog-worthy. Most of the recipes you’ll find on this website are original recipes written and developed by me, but occasionally I will post other people’s recipes that are too good not to share. Always with...
Farmer’s Market Dinner

Farmer’s Market Dinner

I live right around the corner from my local farmer’s market, so on Saturday morning my daughter and I walked over and did some shopping. I got a coffee and we browsed around looking at all of the beautiful produce, baked goods and fresh flowers. We bought green beans, sweet potatoes, raspberries, peaches, corn and of course, a cookie. It was one of those perfect, lazy, summer  mornings I find myself dreaming about on Mondays in January. For dinner tonight my daughter and I used some of our farmer’s market goodies to make Parmesan-crusted tilapia, sautéed green beans and maple-roasted sweet potatoes. Let me take a step back and tell you my 5-almost-6-year old is a very, very picky eater. Until recently she had a list of about 5 or 6 foods she would eat and that was it. It was beyond frustrating! Particularly for this foodie Mom. I’m not proud to admit that this was a battle I had stopped fighting. After a long day at work, I didn’t want to come home and argue about dinner, so I usually stuck what what I knew worked. So tonight we tried cooking dinner together – a tactic that we had tried before with no success. Tonight was different. She was really into it and she actually ate the dinner! The whole thing! Fish and veggies! This is a Very Big Deal. Parents of picky eaters – you know what I’m talking about. We shopped together, cooked together and ate together. And I have to say the food was fantastic. I ate every bite and could seriously eat those potatoes for...


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