Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

13 Jun

Last night’s dinner plan was based on two factors:
1. I was kind of tired and didn’t feel like doing a whole lot of cooking
2. I had a lot of leftovers in the refrigerator, and really didn’t want them to go to waste

Instead of making the meal I had planned, I decided to make a noodle casserole using some of the leftover items I had on hand.  The prep work for this recipe is made easier if you happen to have these items as leftovers, but if you don’t, it is still pretty fast work to cook the chicken, noodles, broccoli and carrots.  The sauce is light and creamy with a slight mustard flavor – sort of like Chicken Divan, but much lighter and non-dairy. 

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Serves: 4 small servings
Serving Size: Approx. 1 c.
 

6 oz. cooked chicken breast, diced
2 c. broccoli florets, cooked
1 c. carrots, cooked
2 green onion tops, sliced
1 c. cooked noodles
1/4 c. non-dairy sour cream
2 T. water
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. reduced-fat mayo
2 T. non-dairy cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, add chicken, broccoli, carrots, green onions, and noodles.  Stir to combine.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, water, mustard, lemon juice and mayo.  Stir until well mixed.  Pour over the chicken mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.  Add cheese, and stir again.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon chicken mixture into a 9 x 9 pan or similar sized casserole dish.  Cover and bake for 20 minutes.  Let sit for five minutes, stir, and serve.

Notes:
1. If making a non-dairy dish is not important to you, feel free to substitute dairy counterparts for the sour cream and cheese.  I’d recommend fat-free sour cream and part-skim mozzarella to keep the calories low.
2. The serving size for this dish is pretty small.  I found that 1/4 of the recipe was the perfect amount for each of the kids.

Estimated Calories:  150 cal/serving

Print it: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Worth Noting: I’ve recently discovered a non-dairy cheese that is our new favorite.  It has great flavor, even for those who can eat dairy.  It has the texture that is more like fresh mozzarella and melts better than any other non-dairy cheese we’ve ever tried.  Bonus that it doesn’t stink.  If you are allergic to dairy or are lactose intolerant, this might be your new favorite thing.  More info > Daiya

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