Friday, February 19, 2016

One-Skillet Cheesy Rice, Chicken & Broccoli

My husband and I really loved this dish.  It was so easy too, which made me love it even more. Unfortunately some of my kids seemed to be frightened of it.  I know it can be scary to have your food all mixed together.  Lol.  (Rolling my eyes.)  I still want to make this again and maybe they'll react better next time.
One-Skillet Cheesy Rice, Chicken & Broccoli

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, diced finely
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup uncooked extra long grain white rice
2½ cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
2½ cups of low-sodium chicken broth
1-2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

1.  In a large skillet or pan, sauté onions in two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Once onions soften, increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the pan.  Brown the chicken pieces and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 more minute.

2.  Push chicken to one side of the pan and add additional tablespoon of olive oil to other side.  Add the uncooked rice in the olive oil and saute it for a couple of minutes.  Add the chicken broth to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pan with a lid.  Cook chicken and rice mixture covered for about 12 minutes.

3.  Sprinkle the broccoli evenly over the chicken and rice mixture and stir to combine.  Continue to cook covered another 8 minutes on low, or until broccoli and rice are both tender.  Remove from heat and stir in half a cup of cheese.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top (I found it was fine not using the whole amount of cheese) and cover with a lid, letting it sit for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.
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