Happy 4th of July everyone!
Since I know everyone and their mother will be sharing awesome 4th of July grilling recipes today, I’m going to go a different route and share one of my absolute favorite American classic comfort food casseroles.
This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake has been around forever, but my healthy makeover turns it into an absolutely delicious Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that gives you a lot of bang for your Points.
Each creamy, carb-y and cheesy serving is a lot lighter than most cheesy casserole recipes, so just pair it with a light salad or fresh tomato soup for a complete, and very satisfying, meal.
It makes a great family meal that is healthy, flavorful, and still able to help you stay on track to reach your Weight Watchers goals.
So if you are just too hot and tired to bust out the grill today, stay in the air conditioning and make this fantastic low calorie Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole instead! Keep cool, and enjoy the holiday!
CHEESY CHICKEN AND RICE CASSEROLE
- 1 cup instant brown rice (uncooked)
- 1 lb cooked skinless boneless chicken breasts (diced)
- 2 cups fat free chicken broth
- 1-2 cubes chicken bouillon
- 16 oz frozen broccoli
- 8 oz frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1 ½ cups fat free sour cream
- 1 cup fat free milk
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp light butter
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large 9” x 13” baking dish with non-fat cooking spray or an olive oil mister.
- Prepare rice according to package directions, but using the chicken broth instead of water, and adding in the bouillon with the broth.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Blanche broccoli and mixed vegetables for just about 3 minutes. Drain and spread evenly into baking dish. Top with the cooked chicken. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika.
- Top with ½ cup of the shredded cheese. Then top with the rice.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and stir until well combined. Add in milk, salt and pepper, and continue to whisk constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and fold in the sour cream. Pour over rice, and then sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese.
- Place in oven and bake for about for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Let cool about 10 minutes before serving.