If you are looking for new ways to prepare chicken, this chicken, and creamy lemon broccoli meal is highly recommended. It makes an elegant dish on date night, but it also provides a great way to disguise the taste of broccoli for young eaters who don’t want to eat their veggies.
Despite this dish is so versatile, it is relatively easy to make. Read on to find out how it’s done and to learn other ways you can prepare chicken and broccoli dishes for your family.
Easy Chicken and Broccoli
To make this recipe, start with 4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves. Season with salt and pepper.
Add chicken and 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms to the skillet. Cook for 4 minutes turning the chicken once.
Shred 2 teaspoons lemon peel and set aside. Slice lemon. Add lemon slices and broccoli to skillet and cook uncovered for about 8 minutes.
Place the chicken and vegetables on plates. Add one container of Alfredo sauce to the skillet and heat through. Spoon on top of chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with lemon peel and pepper and serve.
Not only is this dish easy to make, versatile and delicious, it’s also quite healthy.
Chicken is a lean source of protein that can boost the immune system and relieve stress.
Broccoli is a good source of vitamins K and C, folate, potassium and fiber. Its high content of antioxidants protects the body from free radicals while the fiber promotes digestive health and lowers cholesterol.
Mushrooms are also rich in antioxidants as well as several other vitamins and minerals.
Alfredo sauce is really the only guilty pleasure in this meal. However, if you are looking to make a healthier low-fat version, there are plenty of recipes available online.
Here is one we recommend.
Start by heating olive oil in a large saucepan for over medium heat. Sprinkle with cornstarch and cook for one-minute stirring constantly.
While whisking, add broth and milk. Continue whisking until smooth. Then raise heat to bring mixture to a simmer.
Simmer for 2 minutes whisking constantly. Then remove from heat and gradually whisk in Greek yogurt.
Once combined, return to heat and stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Bring to a simmer and stir an additional two minutes whisking constantly.
Serve over the meal of your choice.
Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli
If you are looking for variations on your chicken and broccoli dish, one way to change up the flavorings a bit is to prepare it in a crockpot.
Crockpots are great for cooking because they allow your meats and veggies to cook until they achieve the perfect state of tenderness. They also allow foods to marinate so they have time to absorb flavorings perfectly.
Crockpots are also easy to use. Just throw in the prepared ingredients, let cook, and in a few hours you will have a hot, fresh meal that is ready to eat.
If you are looking for crockpot chicken and broccoli recipes you can make for your family, here are a few we recommend.
Asian Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli: This dish is great if you are looking for a chicken and broccoli dish infused with Asian flavorings.
You start by making a sauce that’s a combination of chicken broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
Place chicken and sauce in crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours.
Stir in cornstarch to thicken the sauce and then stir in broccoli.
Let cook on high for one hour.
Serve over rice.
Crock Pot Chicken and Broccoli: This recipe offers a bit of a kick. Start by making a sauce by whisking together garlic, ginger, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, ketchup, Sriracha and sesame oil.
Add chicken to slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper and pour the sauce over the chicken.
Cook on low for four hours.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch with water and stir in to thicken the sauce. Add broccoli and cook one more hour.
Transfer chicken to a cutting board and cut into small pieces. The return to the slow cooker and toss until combined.
Put rice on plates and top with chicken and broccoli mixture. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and serve.
Chicken and broccoli make a great base for any meal no matter what recipe you choose. How will you be preparing it for your family tonight?Print
Chicken gets an elegant makeover with alfredo, mushrooms and the slight tangy hint of lemon. It’s a beautiful meal to make when you want something special but you don’t have a lot of time.
- 4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, halved
- 1 lemon
- 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 (10 ounce) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
- Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and mushrooms to skillet; cook for 4 minutes, turning chicken once.
- Meanwhile, shred 2 teaspoons lemon peel; set aside. Slice lemon. Add lemon slices and broccoli to skillet; cook, covered, about 8 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink (170°F).
- Place chicken and vegetables on plates. Add Alfredo sauce to skillet; heat through. Serve with chicken. Sprinkle with lemon peel and pepper.
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 15 Minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Pan-Frying
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy chicken and broccoli, crockpot chicken and broccoli
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