Spicy Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Fresh Arugula

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This is my slightly healthier and much spicier version of this yummy comfort food. I threw it together with the veggies I had on hand and it turned out delicious, so fiance asked me to save it in our rotation. We like everything pretty insanely spicy, so if you don't, just omit the habanero and serrano peppers.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • cooking spray

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small pieces

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 serrano chile pepper, minced

  • 1 habanero pepper, minced (wear gloves)

  • 1 carrot, minced

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • ½ cup chopped fresh mushrooms

  • ¼ cup bread crumbs

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup arugula, or to taste

Directions

  1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat; cook chicken in the hot skillet until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Set chicken aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  3. Place broccoli in the prepared casserole dish.

  4. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir flour into the melted butter until combined and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly pour in chicken stock and milk, stirring constantly; continue cooking and stirring until sauce is thickened, 5 to 10 more minutes.

  5. Stir onion, red bell pepper, serrano chile pepper, habanero pepper, and carrot into the sauce; simmer until vegetables are slightly softened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Cut the cooled chicken into cubes and sprinkle over broccoli. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli.

  7. Heat 1 teaspoon butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Spoon over sauce layer in the casserole dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese over mushroom layer.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Turn on the oven's broiler; broil casserole until topping is browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

  9. Spoon casserole into 4 bowls and sprinkle 1/4 cup arugula atop each serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 466mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 81mg 406%
Calcium 230mg 18%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 681mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.