Wednesday, February 20, 2019

CHEESY BROCCOLI, CHICKEN AND RICE BOWLS






CHEESY BROCCOLI, CHICKEN AND RICE BOWLS

 

 

 

This Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Bowls recipe is easy to make for lunch meal prep or weeknight dinners, it is tossed with a lightened-up cheddar cheese sauce, and it’s totally comforting and delicious!

 

INGREDIENTS:

MEAL PREP BOWLS INGREDIENTS:

·         1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
·         Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
·         2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
·         2 heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
·         1 batch cheddar cheese sauce (see below)
·         3 cups cooked rice or quinoa
·         extra shredded cheddar cheese*, for topping

CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE:

·         1 tablespoon butter
·         2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
·         2 tablespoons flour
·         1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
·         1/2 cup warmed milk
·         ¼ teaspoon pepper
·         ⅛ teaspoon salt
·         1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese*

 

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE MEAL PREP BOWLS:

1.   To Make The Chicken: Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside (and registers 165°F with a meat thermometer).  Transfer the chicken to a plate and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before dicing into bite-sized pieces.
2.   To Make The Broccoli: Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same sauté pan.  Add the broccoli and season with salt and pepper, tossing to combine.  Sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is cooked and tender, but still slightly crispy.  Transfer broccoli to a separate plate, and set aside.
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