Monday, November 11, 2013

Paleo Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Paleo Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Recipe adapted from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods

2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound chicken breasts, skinless boneless diced
1 pound chicken thighs, skinless boneless diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic, jarred
6 cups broccoli florets, fresh
5 cups cauliflower florets, fresh
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup organic chicken broth
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 425. Heat oil in a large skillet. Brown and cook chicken for 5 minutes until no longer pink. drain and add to a rectangular baking dish. In same skillet, add onions and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Add broccoli and 1/2 inch water. Cook broccoli 5 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, in a large pan, add cauliflower, coconut milk and broth. Bring to boil, then reduce to medium and cover for 10 minutes until fork tender. Add drained broccoli mixture to dish with chicken. Transfer cauliflower mixture in batches to food processor; add spices to processor and pulse until no lumps remain. Pour over chicken and broccoli in batches. Top with paprika and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly browned and bubbling.

Review: So creamy and fabulous! Tasted like a Thanksgiving creamy "bad" casserole. The curry spices definitely made the cauliflower taste especially like mashed potatoes. Next time I'm going to consider adding mushrooms - I believe the author of the recipe suggested spinach, too, but I don't love spinach so I probably won't try this. I haven't freezed it, but this is the recommendation for freezing: do not bake; instead, layer plastic over top then foil. Place in refrigerator to cool then move to freezer. When ready, thaw in refrigerator for 2 days, then bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes until heated through.

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