Broccoli and Chicken Bake!

May 18, 2017

 Is there anything better than a dinner that is not only quick, but healthy AND only requires ONE dish to clean?! I think not, I definitely hit the jackpot with this find! 

 

Recently, Green Giant came out with a whole new array of frozen veggie goodies including veggie tots! A few months ago I tried the cauliflower ones and was hooked, so I bought a few more bags and one bag of the broccoli kind. Forgetting about that purchase, those broccoli and cheese tots sat in my freezer for quite some time, during which I was more preoccupied with my other purchase-- a cast iron skillet. 

 

Last Friday I was searching for a good skillet recipe and just so happened to stumble upon one that incorporated veggie tots! While skimming through the ingredients, I realized that, though I didn't have everything, I had the main ones in my fridge/freezer already-- including those forgotten about broccoli tots! So, to the kitchen I went to fire up that skillet and get cooking!

 

About 30-some minutes later, I had a delicious dinner and minimal clean-up-- and leftovers for another day!

 

Looking for a quick dinner option yourself? Try out my rendition of SkinnyTaste's "Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Tot Pie" below (and I apologize for the lack of measurements in some areas-- I just did them to personal taste)!

Broccoli and Chicken Bake

 

 

Ingredients:

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Chopped onion to taste

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons flour

1-3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 lb. cooked, shredded chicken breasts

Chopped broccoli to taste

Sea salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

1/2 to 1 tsp dried thyme

Celery salt to taste

Dried parsley to taste 

Grated Parmesan cheese to taste

1 package of Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese Veggie Tots

 

 

 

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

2.) Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, celery salt, dried parsley and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add minced garlic, cook 1 minute then add in flour. Stir, add broth, stir an additional 1 minute. 

3.) Add chicken, broccoli, salt, pepper, thyme and cook over medium heat until mixture is boiling. Turn heat down to a simmer and let sit for about 3-4 more minutes, stirring occasionally. 

4.) Top with (frozen) veggie tots and place into oven until tots are crisp and golden (about 16-20 minutes). 

5.) Remove from oven, allow to sit for about 1-2 minutes, then add Parmesan cheese, divide into fourths, and serve! 

 

Nutritional info will vary, but one serving roughly comes out to 35g P/ 30g C/ 11g F

Simple enough, right? Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

 

I think next time around I may add in some shredded cheddar and maybe some other veggies (SkinnyTaste recommends celery and carrots!). What extra fix-ins do you think would go great with this meal??

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