Friday, October 1, 2010

Cheesy Skillet Chicken and Rice with Broccoli

This was one delicious meal! I found this on a terrific food blog - Mel's Kitchen Cafe. She has some wonderful recipes on her blog and I already have a few others in mind that I'll be trying. The original recipe calls for green beans but my son prefers broccoli so I decided to go with that instead. It's a simple recipe and kid friendly.

Looking very forward to the weekend with cooler, sunny weather moving in. We have had torrential rains here the past few days with flooding in some areas. But we did need the rain. Feels like the humidity is finally leaving and that is a good thing. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
salt and group black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
8 ounces white button mushrooms, brushed clean and quartered or sliced
4 medium garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound frozen or fresh green beans (I used fresh broccoli)
1 cup shredded sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season liberally with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a 12 inch non stick skillet over medium heat until the oil is rippling and hot. Carefully lay each chicken breast in the skillet and cook until the chicken is well browned on the first side, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken with a pair of tongs and let it brown on the second side, about 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Drain all but 1-2 tablespoons oil from the pan.

Return the pan to medium heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, scraping the browned bits off the bottom and edges of the pan, until the mushrooms begin to soften and start to brown, about 6-8 minutes. Add the rice and continue to cook until the edges of the rice turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken to the pan and cover, reduce the heat to low and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the rice is mostly cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove chicken from the skillet again, brushing off any rice that sticks to the chicken back into the skillet. Cover the chicken with foil to keep warm. Stir the green beans (or broccoli) into the skillet, stir the mixture well, cover and continue to cook on low until the beans and rice are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Holly said...

This sounds like one of those comfort food meals-creamy and delicious!!:)

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Delicious! This meal is perfect for the cool weather that is here.

Pam said...

This is my kind of comfort food!

Bridgett said...

This sounds like the perfect meal on those evenings where you are worn out. I will give this a try when the weather cools down here.

Ingrid said...

I just found Mel's blog this summer and have been enjoying her posts!

I saw this on her blog and thought it looked good. Yours does as well!

Cooking Gallery said...

I love 'cheesy' food ;)!! The dish looks fabulous!

Katy ~ said...

I love Mel's blog as well; have been a devoted follower of hers for a while :) I love the substitution of broccoli in this. Going to have to give this one a try as I always welcome new chicken recipes. YUM

Jenn said...

This sounds wonderful! Very comforting...mmmmmm!!!

Lucie said...

A great weeknight meal--I could eat loads of broccoli and this sounds perfect!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh yum!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

I love Mel's site! This meal looks delicious - I love skillet meals!

Leslie said...

Oh yum! I love these kind of dinners

Chef Fresco said...

Great comfort meal! Looks delicious!