08 December 2013

Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli

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Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli #copycatrecipes #crackerbarrel #chicken
Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli



Here's a great copycat recipe for the famous Cracker Barrel Chicken Broccoli Casserole.


Is there anyone who doesn't love Cracker Barrel's great comfort food?  


Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli #copycatrecipe #crackerbarrel #chicken
Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli


I've seen a number of copycat cracker barrel recipes floating around for this chicken and broccoli casserole, but I never much cared for the sauce(s) that came with it.  So I perfected my own sauce.

Now I know that Velveeta isn't everyone's dish of tea.  I rather like it and I like one thing most about it--sauces made with it do not separate like ones made with natural cheese.  You can add natural cheese too, so long as there's a fair amount of Velveeta.  I've tried it.  It works.  However, if you really hate the stuff or have an allergy to it, alternate sauces can be made.


Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli #copycatrecipes #crackerbarrel #chicken
Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli


The first alternate is, of course, a cheese sauce made with a medium white sauce with yellow cheddar cheese.  The second alternate is a can (10.5 oz) of condensed cheddar cheese soup to which you add 8 oz evaporated milk.  So take your pick; you have 3 choices!

Naturally evaporated skim milk may be used as well as 2% Velveeta and/or cheddar cheese, and reduced-fat crackers, but please use the butter.  It's really necessary for the flavor here!


Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli

4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups frozen or fresh broccoli florets
2 tsp seasoned salt
1 1/2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs (about 1 sleeve)
3 tbs butter, melted
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Sauce:
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tbs butter
1 1/2 cups cubed Velveeta

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly spray or grease the bottom of a 11 x 7-inch baking pan.

Place chicken breasts in prepared pan.  Sprinkle seasoned salt over the chicken breasts.  Set aside while making sauce and buttered crumbs.

Place sauce ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HI in 30 second intervals stirring after each 30 seconds, until Velveeta is melted and sauce is smooth.

Prepare buttered crumbs by processing the crackers either in a food processor or placing them in a bag and using a rolling pin.  Be careful not to overprocess the crumbs!!  You want some larger pieces in there for the crunch factor!! Drizzle with the melted butter and stir until all the crumbs are coated.

Pour half the sauce over the chicken breasts.  Add broccoli evenly across the top of chicken.  Pour remaining cheese sauce over broccoli and chicken.  Top with the buttered cracker crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, or until chicken test done (180 degrees F) in the thickest part.  

Remove from oven and top with the shredded cheddar.

Serves 4


Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli #copycatrecipes #crackerbarrel #chicken
Cracker Barrel Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli

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