Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet

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Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet from www.laurenslatest.com

I went to the gym yesterday. It’s about freaking time because I took a week and a half off after twisting/turning/somehow busting my knees. Running in old shoes up hills for 8+ miles was the death of me. WHY can’t I live in, like, Kansas where the hills are as tall as my 13 month old? WHYYYYY?

…….5 minutes later…….

I just googled ‘which state is flattest?’ and the google gods said Florida. Who knew? You learn something new everyday. Technically, my husband said “Florida is pretty flat” and I didn’t believe him, thus trying to prove him wrong. Please excuse me while I hang my head in shame.

Ahh, distractions. The sole reason why I get nothing accomplished ever.

ANYWAYS. I made this Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet for dinner last night and my husband snarfed it down. 3 bowls full, I think?

My daughter was a completely different story and my son? Welllllllll, he took a few bites and then decided the rest of it belonged on the floor.

Babies. Geeze.

Overall, this was a pretty quick dish to throw together. But mainly because I used leftover rice and rotisserie chicken. My make ahead brown rice is a great thing to have on hand for this!  Also, I always seem to have rotisserie chicken loitering around in my fridge too. Feel free to switch this recipe up with a different cheese, a different veggie or a different protein. For a lighter version, substitute the whole milk for skim or half milk, half chicken broth. You can ease up on the cheese too, but…..WHY? I wouldn’t recommend it 😉

Here’s how you make it:

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Start by chopping a small onion and a bunch of broccoli.

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Sautee them in some butter until tender, 3ish minutes or so.

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Sprinkle with some flour and stir to incorporate. Whisk in some milk and bring to a simmer to thicken. Season with salt, pepper and dried mustard.

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Slide in some rotisserie chicken…

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and stir in lots of cheese! You might want to taste this and see if it needs any more salt or pepper.

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Last thing to do is slide in some leftover brown rice.

Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet from www.laurenslatest.com

Stir it all up and voila! Just like that, dinner is done.

Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet from www.laurenslatest.com

It’s a cheesy, tasty, semi-healthy, 1-pot dish that my husband LOVED.  It’s really hard to go wrong with cheese, rice, chicken and broccoli though.

Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet from www.laurenslatest.com

Give it a whirl tonight 🙂 Printable below. Have a great weekend, friends!

Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet

This tasty combination of cheese, rice, chicken and broccoli is a one-pot dish that is great for a weeknight dinner.

servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 1/2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken shredded
  • 2 cups leftover cooked brown rice

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onion and broccoli until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over veggies and stir to incorporate. Slowly whisk in milk and continue stirring to scrape up the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Simmer slowly to thicken sauce, then season with salt, pepper and ground mustard. Melt cheese into sauce, then stir in cooked rice. Heat through 2-3 minutes, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 958kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 690mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1435IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 709mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli rice skillet
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14 Responses
  1. Robin

    This looks good, except I’d leave out the chicken, personal preference. I think if I were to add meat, ham might taste better with the broccoli and cheese. I will use a Tbl. of cornstarch instead of flour to make it gluten free…thanks for the recipe!

  2. Crystal

    I remember my mom making. I totally forgot about it. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I added it to my meal rotation. Thanks 🙂

  3. Mary Beth Elderton

    Looks delicious! I am in the process of learning how to use a new rice cooker, so I’m on the lookout for great ways to use all the rice 🙂

  4. Adella Gonzalez

    I’ve never made brown rice before and I have a bag that’s been sitting in my pantry. I am definitely going to make this dish. 🙂

  5. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I think even the boyfriend would eat brown rice if I made it like this! It must be the cheese…
    I am living in a very hilly suburb of Brisbane at the moment and while my running knees and lungs don’t like it very much, my tush is certainly enjoying the benefits…

  6. Ashton

    This is pure comfort food at its finest! And although I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word “snarfed,” I’m pretty sure that’s what I’d be doing with a bowl full of this! 😉 Pinned and making!

  7. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Hahahaha I love that you googled which state is the flattest. That is exactly the sort of thing I do when I’m supposed to be writing a post 😉 this dish looks amazing! So gooey!

  8. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

    I made this for dinner this past weekend when my Mother in Law was visiting. We all loved it! Everyone had seconds and there weren’t any leftovers! Thank you for a new favorite.