The whole family will love this cheesy chicken and broccoli rice dish. Don't leave out the almonds—they add flavor and crunch to this one-dish meal. Serve with cremini mushrooms sauteed in butter and white wine and seasoned with fresh thyme.
3 cups small broccoli florets
1 (8.8-ounce) pouch precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 ounces light processed cheese (such as Velveeta Light), cut into 1-inch pieces
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally. Add onions and cheese, stirring until cheese begins to melt. Stir in rice; fold in broccoli. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with almonds.
Delicious! The flavor is really good and the almonds definitely add a great flavor and crunch. My entire family loved it. I found a great product at Trader Joe's -- frozen brown rice packets that cook in the microwave in 3 minutes. It comes in a box with (3) 10 oz. packages of rice. The rice is not as chewy as other brown rice that I've tried - my family loves brown rice but this would be good for those who don't care for the usual texture of brown rice. Also, I like to cook my chicken breasts on a grill pan and then slice them into bite-size pieces. This makes the pieces tender and moist with no chewiness/rubberiness. I'm picky about my chicken texture. The grill pan does such an amazing job - better than a grill! I got the idea from another CL recipe.
Did the Cooking Light test kitchen actually prepare and taste this? I didn't think so. Bland, tasteless and the portion size was skimpy way to skimpy. The concept of a chicken, rice and broccoli bowl is a nice idea but not this recipe.
I totally agree with bkbijou - processed cheese? precooked rice? - I don't think so. Because I am so highly allergic to MSG - I tend to cook from scratch a whole lot - but that does not mean that my meals take hours to make. Most take from 30 -45 minutes total. I suggest that you make your own rice - can be done in the microwave in 20 minutes and wonderfully flavored with chicken stock to replace half of the water it's cooked in; as for cheese Velveeta is fine but go for some of the adult cheeses instead. And where are the spices - like garlic, rosemary, diced red onions? Without them this recipe is a total bland mess. I will make it again - has a good idea but mine will not taste at all like this.
This was easy and pretty tasty - a great weeknight meal that I will make again. I used minute brown rice rather than pre-cooked - it didn't take too much longer, but I also don't know that it made it made a significant difference. I also used the frozen "steam in a bag" broccoli, which worked perfectly and was extra easy. Make sure to add some extra salt and pepper for flavor when mixing all of the ingredients together. And definitely don't forget the toasted almonds - they gave it that extra bit of flavor and crunch that it definitely needed.
This was an easy and tasty recipe! I had to add cayenne & garlic salt to give it some flavor, but overall I liked it. Here's my full review: http://heatskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/11/broccoli-pork-rice-bowl.html
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