Many people make this casserole at holidays or when someone has a baby. This recipe freezes beautifully. You will seldom find this recipe without condensed soups, but it is very simple to make gluten-free. All you need is a little rice flour to make a roux and you are set!
CHICKEN BROCCOLI CHEESE CASSEROLE
1 lb cooked chicken, shredded Note: if you don’t have any cooked chicken on hand it is very simple to poach chicken breasts. Place the chicken in a large skillet with about 2 cups of water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12-14 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees). Drain well. Shred chicken.
1 cup cooked brown rice (cooking the rice in gluten free chicken broth works nicely)
1 lb fresh broccoli, chopped
2 Tablespoons of butter
2 Tablespoons of rice flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried mustard
1 1/2 cups of milk
squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise (optional)
1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs for topping
1/4 slivered almonds for topping
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour, salt, pepper, and mustard, and cook 2-3 minutes until bubbly and foamy. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened. Stir in the shredded cheese. Place the brown rice, chicken, and broccoli in a casserole dish and pour the white sauce over the top. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice if using and mix until combined. Spread the breadcrumbs and slivered almonds over the top. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.