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
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
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??