Who didn't grow up eating some version of classy chicken? What is classy chicken? The original recipe is from the Best of Bridge cookbook. It was called "classy" because it used both asparagus and broccoli. A casserole of cheesy goodness served over rice. In my family, we made this once a week and many many many of friends have eaten this recipe.
My husband, who was introduced to this recipe by both my mom and my dad making this recipe for him, challenged me to create a pinks pantry version as he was upset that this was no longer served once a week on our household. Challenge accepted!
Key changes to the recipe were that I eliminated the mayonnaise and changed out the cheesy top for a more crunchy top. The recipe makes a 12x18 pan serving. We split ours into 4 servings for 380 calories per serving! Those with smaller appetites could do 6 servings for 250 calories per serving. I served mine with cauliflower rice and managed to have a huge portion size of comfort food for less than 500 calories. Husband approved. The next test is to see if my family will approve of the new recipe.
- Chopped garlic (3 tbls)
- 3 chicken breasts (.5kg)
- Broccoli florets - 8 cups
- 1 can low fat cream of mushroom soup
- 1 package sliced brown crimini mushrooms (227 grams)
- 4 tbls curry powder (I use monsoon coast habanaro curry)
- 1 tbls lemon juice
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tbls margarine or butter
- Shredded parmesan cheese (50 grams)
- 2 cups regular cheerios
- Rice for the husband
- Cauliflower rice for the wife
- Preheat oven to 350'
- Fry garlic and mushrooms to get a nice browned look (set aside)
- Fry chicken breast (chopped into small cubes). Don't cook all of the way through as they will go dry in the oven. Cook about 75% done.
- Spray your pan with pam or grease with butter or margarine
- Place chicken in pan
- Place uncooked broccoli on top
- Place mushrooms on top of broccoli
- Mix together soup, curry, yogurt and lemon juice and spread on top of broccoli
- Use your food processor to create cheerio crumbs (I made that terminology up, let's see if it sticks)
- Mix the cheerios with some melted margarine or butter and the cheese
- Place cheerio crumbs on top
- Cook uncovered for 35 minutes
- Let sit for 5 minutes (I dare you to see if you can actually wait the 5 minutes)
Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy!