I wasn't going to cook tonight. Really. I even told my husband to grab him something on the way home, because this kitchen is closed! Then, I got this craving for rice, and of course I couldn't just eat rice. Something had to go with it! Something....hmmm...well, chicken, of course...and I have these water chestnuts...and this broccoli that I really need to use... Oh, I will just go ahead and make a casserole. Why not? This is going to be easy and delicious. I opened the refrigerator and found the ''Why not" - no cheese, no sour cream, no crackers for toppings; but my taste buds were already committed to the idea therefor, off to the store I went - no small feat when you live in the boonies like us! The pressure was on. If I was going to go through this much trouble for my taste buds, it had better be worth it! Gladly, it was. :)
Kickin' Chicken, Broccoli and Rice
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups cooked broccoli
4 cups shredded cooked chicken (3 or 4 chicken breast boiled for about 30 minutes until tender)
1 onion chopped
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 can water chestnuts (give them a rough chop)
1 can cream of celery
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (Such as Tony's)
1 cup of crumbled butter crackers
Preheat oven to 350F
Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray
In a large bowl, mix:
1 cup cheese
cream of celery
Layer cooked rice on the bottom of the pan, and layer cooked broccoli on top, followed by your chicken mixture.
Bake for 30 minutes in oven.
Mix crumbled crackers and 1 cup of cheddar cheese together and sprinkle on top of casserole.
Cook for an additional 10 minutes (Til the crumbs are nice and golden)
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