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Italian Cream Cheese Chicken Casserole

Course Main dish, Seafood
Author Donielle

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour or organic/non-GMO cornstarch
  • 3 cups chicken broth*
  • 8 oz cream cheese*
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Dressing Mix
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried minced garlic
  • 2-3 cooked and cubed chicken breasts
  • 1 box of rotini pasta we use brown rice pasta*
  • 2 heads of steamed broccoli or 1 bag of frozen broccoli you can also use whatever vegetable mix you enjoy

Instructions

  • Cook pasta until al dente or slightly firm. (if you’re freezing this under cook it about 3 minutes)
  • Melt the butter over medium heat and whisk in the flour or cornstarch (cornstarch for you gluten free folks) to make a rue. Once mixed together well, add the broth in slowly while whisking. When it gets to a gentle boil, whisk occasionally and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Add in cream cheese and all the seasonings, mix well and taste. If you like more seasoning, add it now. Let simmer for a few minutes while you grease a 9×13 pan and place the pasta, chicken, and broccoli into it.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture over everything and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Take out, stir, and enjoy!

Notes

Variations we like:
Use 4 cups of cooked rice instead of the pasta. (If using rice, soak overnight to increase nutrient absorption.)
For an extra creamy version you can use milk in place of all but 1 cup of broth
This is also great over potatoes! Just cut up about 5 medium-sized potatoes, mix together the sauce, chicken, veggies, and potatoes. Bake until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 30-35 minutes.