Turn this chicken stir fry into a complete and healthy protein-packed meal with a little bit of brown or wild rice on the side. Crisp-tender broccoli and chopped cashews lend a distinctive crunch to this fried chicken recipe.
As we all know, broccoli is a very nutritious vegetable. It is a very good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and folic acid... And it belongs to the cabbage family, known as cruciferous vegetables, which have anti-cancer properties. With all the health benefits that broccoli has to offer, I am truly glad that it is one of the few green vegetables that my daughters love. At least I wouldn't have to force them to eat it.This pasta dish that I'm sharing with you today is one of their favorite broccoli dishes. I frequently use either macaroni or penne for this recipe if I don't have trumpet pasta.The delicious combination of broccoli, cheese, and chicken always makes this dish a big hit on our table... But the fun shape of trumpet pasta makes it even more appealing. Let me tell you, though, that whatever type of pasta you use, this recipe will surely bring delight to everyone. If you want your kids to start eating broccoli, you should try this!Click here to see 101 Ways to Cook Chicken
One of my mom’s go-to dishes when I was little was Paula Deen’s chicken divan — and I don’t blame her. It’s easy, quick, and absolutely delicious. (Check out the recipe here.)
But when I thought of making it the other day and took a good hard look at the ingredients, I was shocked by how many high-fat foods were part of it: condensed cream of mushroom soup; a whole cup (each) of mayonnaise, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese; and 2 tablespoons of butter. I decided the recipe needed a makeover.
Since I’m not sure my new and improved recipe even qualifies anymore as "chicken divan," I just call it chicken, broccoli, and quinoa casserole. The cream of mushroom soup was replaced with Campbell’s 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom; I reduced the mayo to 1/3 of a cup and used low-fat instead; the regular Cheddar was switched with reduced-fat cheese — and yes, I did increase the amount by ¼ cup; and I completely eliminated the sour cream, plus a few other ingredients.
I added quinoa to make it a little heartier and to make up for the reduction in ingredients. (To learn more about why you should be cooking with quinoa and to see more quinoa recipes, click here.)
Feel free to use fresh broccoli instead of frozen. I use this recipe when I want something inexpensive and quick, so I stuck with frozen. Want it to be even easier? Buy a rotisserie chicken, strip all of the meat off of it, and chop it into small pieces — it should come out to about 4 cups of chicken. This will add a little fat since the skin was on it when it was cooked, but considering the recipe is fairly low-fat already, I don’t think it makes a huge difference.
— Melissa Valliant, HellaWella