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chicken wild rice
Wild Rice, Chicken and
Broccoli Casserole

Menu Plan for the week of Feb. 22, 2013: Day 3 Recipes

Wild Rice, Chicken, Broccoli Casserole

Cooking time: 60 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      This is a one-dish, assemble and bake dinner. Make the mushroom sauce while the oven heats then relax while it bakes.

Wild Rice, Chicken, Broccoli Casserole              Preparation and cooking time:   60 minutes
    This is a classic, mid-western US, casserole or hot dish.  Normally made with Cream of Mushroom Soup... I have made some slight modifications. With leftover wild rice it goes together quickly - you just have to make the sauce.

2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked wild rice
1/2 head broccoli
1/4 cup almond flakes  or slivered, chopped
Mushroom Sauce
4oz (125gr) mushrooms
2 tsp olive oil
2 cups (16oz, 480ml) chicken stock
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup ( 4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt
1 tbs cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Mushroom Sauce:  Roughly chop mushrooms.  Sauté in oil, in medium skillet, until tender and starting to brown.  Add chicken stock, thyme and bring to a simmer.  Dissolve cornstarch in water and stir into chicken stock, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt.  Set aside until needed.
To assemble:  Cut the chicken breasts into 4 pieces.  Cut the broccoli into florets with some stem.  Spread the rice out in a baking dish just large enough to hold everything (I used a 9 X 11, 22cm X 27cm).  Arrange the chicken and broccoli on top, pressing them into the rice.  Spoon the Mushroom Sauce on top, cover with a lid or foil and bake, 400F (200C) for 40 minutes.  Uncover, sprinkle with almonds and bake for 10 minutes longer.  Serve.

Cooking schedule: 60 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet, baking dish

Turn oven on 400F (200C) 
Trim mushrooms, chop
Sauté mushrooms
Spread rice in baking dish
Cut chicken, arrange on rice
Mind the mushrooms
Trim broccoli, cut

Arrange broccoli on rice
Add stock to mushrooms
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Stir cornstarch into sauce, thicken
Remove from heat, add yogurt, stir
Spoon sauce over top, cover, bake
     40 minute break
Uncover, sprinkle with almonds, bake
Set the table, pour the wine
Remove and serve

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