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Chicken and Broccoli Bake

December 23, 2018

serves six to eight people

If you’ve resolved to cut carbs this year, try this family-friendly chicken and broccoli casserole. Perfect for Sunday dinner, with leftovers for Monday lunch.


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • one 1-pound package cauliflower pearls or rice
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, grated
  • one 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 3/4 to 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees, Grease or spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken pieces in olive oil for about 5 minutes, until no longer pink on the outside. Remove chicken from pan and set aside. (The chicken could cook fully in the casserole pan, but this step gets rid of any excess water in the meat.)
  3. Wipe down skillet and cook diced bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or spatula and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
  4. Still on medium heat, add sliced mushrooms and broccoli florets to the bacon fat and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender and mushrooms are cooked, about 5 minutes.
  5. To the pan, add the arrowroot and garlic and stir to mix, cooking until garlic is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Slowly add in coconut milk, stirring constantly to make a thick sauce. Add 3/4 cup chicken broth, or more as needed to get a nice sauce consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  7. Place the cauliflower in the prepared baking dish and top with the parcooked chicken. Add in the bacon and the saucy mushroom mixture and gently stir together to evenly coat with the sauce.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and top begins to brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving to rave reviews.


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The only reason I won't try this delicious appearing recipe is cuz there's no nutrition data accompanying it. I'm trying to improve my health by eating more nutritiously, so I love it when nutrition facts are included.