Chicken and Broccoli Bake
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Chicken and Broccoli Bake

with melted cheese topping

There's something about taking a bubbling bake out of the oven and loading heaping helpings onto plates that makes this dish seem comforting and extra appetising all at once. Chicken and broccoli is a classic combination but the addition of creamy bechamel is what really makes this dish a winner.

Tags:
Family Friendly
Allergens:
Milk
Mustard
Total Time35 minutes
Cooking Time25 minutes
DifficultyMedium

Ingredients

Serving amount

260 grams

Diced Chicken Breast

1 unit(s)

Broccoli

150 grams

Rice

50 grams

Grated Cheese

(Contains Milk)

1 sachet(s)

Paprika

(Contains Mustard)

125 grams

Creme Fraiche

1 sachet(s)

Chicken Stock

Not included in your delivery

to taste

Oil

to taste

Salt

to taste

Pepper

to taste

Water

to taste

Flour

to taste

Butter (Optional)

to taste

Milk (Optional)

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Nutrition Values

Energy (kJ)2286 kJ
Energy (kcal)546 kcal
Fat12.4 g
of which saturates6.3 g
Carbohydrate66.6 g
of which sugars3.6 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Protein46.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Salt2.13 g
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region. Nutrition for uncooked ingredients based on 2 person recipe, excludes Pantry Items.

Utensils

Oven dish
Pot
Lid

Instructions

1
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7.
  • Add 300ml cold salted water (double for 4p) to a medium pot with a lid.
  • Add the rice and stock powder and bring to the boil. Once boiling, lower heat to medium and cover.
  • Cook for 10 mins, then remove from the heat (still covered) and leave aside until ready to serve.
  • Chop the broccoli into 1cm pieces (or as small as you can get it).

TIP: Coarsely grate the broccoli if you prefer.

Brown the Chicken
2
  • While the rice cooks, place a medium pan over medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil.
  • Once hot, add the diced chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. IMPORTANT: Wash hands and equipment after handling raw chicken and its packaging.
  • Fry until golden brown on the outside, 3-4 mins.
3
  • Add the chopped broccoli to the pan along with another drizzle of oil (if necessary).
  • Fry until softened, stirring frequently, 3-4 mins. 
  • Add the paprika and cook for 1 min more.
  • Transfer the broccoli and chicken to an appropriately-sized oven dish and wipe the pan clean.
Make the Bechamel
4
  • Return the pan to medium-high heat with 2 tbsp butter or oil (double for 4p).
  • When hot, stir in 3 tbsp flour (double for 4p) and cook, stirring until it forms a paste, 1-2 mins—you've made a roux! 
  • Gradually stir in 250ml milk or water (double for 4p).
  • Bring to the boil, stir and simmer until thickened, 1-2 mins. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the creme fraiche along with half the cheese and stir until melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
5
  • Pour the bechamel sauce over the chicken and broccoli.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake in the oven until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling, 10-15 mins. IMPORTANT: Chicken is cooked when no longer pink in the middle.
  • Leave to rest for 5 mins before serving.
6
  • Fluff up the rice with a fork and divide between plates.
  • Dish up a hearty helping of cheesy chicken and broccoli bake.