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Chicken-and-Broccoli Casserole

Yield Makes 4 servings
Cheesy chicken casserole is the ultimate comfort food. Broccoli gives this favorite weeknight recipe added nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine, divided
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (16-ounce) package fresh broccoli flowerets
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add chicken, and sauté until done. Remove chicken from skillet, and set aside.

  2. Cook broccoli in a steamer basket over boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat; drain well, and set aside.

  3. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, and stir in Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and salt.

  4. Layer half of chicken, broccoli, and cheese sauce in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Repeat layer once. Cover and chill casserole up to 8 hours, if desired; remove from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.

  5. Bake, covered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, if desired, and bake 5 more minutes.