CREAMY CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI CASSEROLE

CREAMY CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI CASSEROLE
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole is always a hit at dinner time. Use a rotisserie chicken to make this even easier and faster!
Even in the dead heat of Summer we still crave warm comfort food. This Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole fits that bill. It is so delicious and ridiculously easy to make.

Broccoli is definitely our family’s favorite vegetable. I make it a lot. With broccoli being a main ingredient in this casserole, my kids are sure to eat it. And by eat it, I mean they scarf this stuff down!
The ingredients are very basic, I bet you already have all of them on hand. Serve this amazing casserole over rice and you’ll have one fabulous, complete meal!
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Ingredients

6 cups cooked, shredded chicken (a rotisserie chicken works great for this recipe)
5 cans (13 ounces, each) cream of chicken soup
1/5 cup light mayonnaise
1/5 cup light sour cream
1cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 bag (15 ounces) frozen broccoli florets OR 5 cups fresh steamed chopped broccoli
salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the cooked shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Then add in all the remaining ingredients. Gently stir to combine mixture.
Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out evenly. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with cooked rice or egg noodles! (we prefer the rice) Enjoy ♥
Broccoli is rich in many vitamins and minerals.
Broccoli contains vitamins A, C, K and B vitamins.
Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
One medium-sized broccoli contains more vitamin C than one orange.
Broccoli is a rich source of B vitamins such as: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (folic acid).
Vitamin K is also present in the composition of broccoli.
Minerals that are present in large quantities in broccoli are: iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
They are especially good for people who have breast cancer or uterine cancer, because they remove excess estrogen from the body.
Stomach disorders. Broccoli is rich in fiber, magnesium and many vitamins, which help reduce excess acid in the stomach, overcome constipation, improve digestion and better absorb nutrients from food.
Heart disease. In addition to antioxidants, broccoli contains a lot of fiber, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins, which reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and thus maintain normal heart function.
Anemia. Anemia is directly related to a lack of iron and some protein. Broccoli is rich in them, so consuming them is a natural remedy for anemia.
A woman who eats broccoli
Broccoli is a natural miracle protector of our health.
High blood pressure. Broccoli helps insulin function properly and regulates blood sugar. Vitamins, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids present in broccoli regulate blood pressure.
Detoxification. The presence of vitamin C, sulfur and certain amino acids in broccoli, makes them a great means of detoxifying the body. They help remove free radicals and toxins from the body and purify the blood.
Immunity. Broccoli contains many vitamins and minerals that help boost immunity. They appear as protectors against many infections.
Eye care. Beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, vitamin A, phosphorus and other vitamins such as B-complex, vitamin E and vitamin C, present in broccoli, are very good for maintaining eye health.
Skin care. For your skin to be young and glowing, you need to take in antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, vitamins like B-complex, vitamin E (which gives skin and hair glow), vitamin A, vitamin K and omega -3 fatty acids and amino acids. You can get all this through the consumption of broccoli and improve the appearance of your skin.
As you can see, broccoli helps fight many diseases. But this long list does not end here. Broccoli also helps strengthen bones and protect against osteoporosis. This vegetable is especially useful for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
By no means do I want to convey that I recommend for the mother to be inactive. Consume it as often as you can. Although many people avoid them because of the taste, broccoli can be very tasty if cooked properly.
Studies show that steamed broccoli contains the most nutrients. This way of cooking is the healthiest. But if you decide to fry broccoli, you need to be careful what oil you use, so as not to lose some of the nutritional value of this so healthy vegetable.
For the purpose of the research, broccoli is fried a little longer than 3 minutes in different oils: refined olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil.
Then the nutritional composition of broccoli is compared with that of raw broccoli.
The results showed that peanut oil helps store polyphenols in broccoli, while extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil help retain vitamin C. Cooking with different oils does not change the presence of minerals in broccoli. Therefore, for cooking broccoli it is best to use extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil.
To increase the activity of substances in broccoli, which fight cancer, it is necessary to cut the broccoli into smaller pieces, sprinkle them with lemon juice and leave them for 5 minutes before cooking.