Here I go again, posting this recipe for the second time. As you have probably figured out by now, I deleted my baking blog, and recovered everything except for the last two posts that I had made.
This is really, honestly my favorite casserole type chicken dish. I probably could eat it every night! There are a lot of varieties of this recipe out there, but you have to try making this one with homemade sauce, and not canned soup. It makes a huge difference in taste quality. When I posted this previously, one of my sweet commentors asked if they could leave out the poppyseeds. Sure you can . . . they simply add subtle taste, and make the crumbs looks a bit prettier. You could substitute another veggie for the Broccoli, if you turn your nose up at Broccoli. In fact, you could substitute ham for the chicken, and that would also be tasty. I also want you to know that this re-heats quite well. If you have leftovers, simply re-heat in the microwave until it is hot and bubbly again. Then turn on your broiler, and toast those yummy crumbs until they are crisp again. Really good!
- 1 – lb. fresh broccoli Break in pieces, and steam for 2 minutes.
- 3 cups cooked chicken breasts – Break up in small pieces
- 3 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese divided
- 2 tubes Ritz Crackers
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/3 cup Butter- melted
- 1/4 cups Cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup COLD Water
- 1/3 cup Chicken Broth
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 2 Cups Milk
- 1 1/2 cups of the above Cheddar Cheese
- In greased 13×9 pan, layer the broccoli and chicken, then set aside.
- In saucepan over medium heat, combine the melted butter, cornstarch dissolved in water, chicken broth, seasonings, and milk. Stir well, and continue stirring until sauce has thickened.
- Turn heat down to low, and add 1- 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.
- Pour over the chicken and broccoli.
- Top with 1- 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese.
- Melt the butter, and add the poppy seeds, and stir well.
- Crush Ritz crackers in large zip-lock bag with a rolling pin. Don’t crush too small. Add crumbs to the melted butter. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the grated cheese.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until hot & bubbly.