Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How to Stretch a Chicken (Part 4)--chicken & rice recipes

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole

This is such a great flavor combination!  Here's a way to combine them without needing a bunch of stock.  This is also

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen or fresh broccoli
1 cup cooked chicken
3 cups cooked rice

Preheat oven to 350.  Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.  Add butter and stir until hot and bubbly.  Add milk, stir constantly until thickened.  Add cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and stir until the cheese is melted.  Remove from heat and stir in broccoli, chicken, and rice.  Pour into an ungreased 2-quart casserole dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Chili Rice with Chicken

This can be served as an entree or as a burrito filling.  Either way, it's good! 

1 tbsp olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne, or to taste
1 tsp chili powder, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 cups cooked rice
1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice (about 1 pint jar, home-canned )
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup cooked chicken
1/2 tsp black pepper, or to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the green pepper, onion, garlic, cayenne, chili powder, oregano, and cumin.  Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.  Reduce heat to medium.  Stir in the rice, tomatoes with juice, black beans, corn, and black pepper.  Heat through, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.  Garnish with sour cream if desired.


  1. It is super hot in Central IL tonight and I was dreading dinner but I found this recipe and thought I'd try it. Delicious!! Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for not using Cream of ANYTHING Soup. That stuff's full of crap and I'm always looking for those creamy left-over user recipes that don't include it. :)

  3. No problem. I don't use that stuff either, except sometimes cream of mushroom soup, but that's homemade. The recipe for that is somewhere on this blog. :-)