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Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken

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Baked Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken Breasts – easy dinner that a whole family will love!  Just throw all ingredients together and bake!

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I recommend to blanch the broccoli before adding it on top of chicken (blanching means adding broccoli to boiling water just for a couple of minutes, removing it and draining it well).  Blanching the broccoli makes it moist and brighter in color.

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The recipe is so easy – great for when you don’t have too much time on your hands to think about what to cook for dinner.  All you do is add chicken breasts to the casserole dish:

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Then, add blanched broccoli on top. Blanched just means that you add broccoli to boiling water for a couple of minutes, then drain it well – it makes the broccoli moist and brighter in color:

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Add chopped cooked bacon:

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Add shredded Mozzarella cheese:

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Add shredded Cheddar cheese:

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Bake for about 30 minutes at 400 F in the preheated oven. The exact baking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken breasts.

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Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts (use 4 thin chicken breasts, or use 2 large chicken breasts, sliced in half, horizontally)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched, chopped
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease the bottom of the casserole dish with olive oil. I used the the oval casserole dish measured 13 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches deep.
  3. Add chicken breasts to the casserole dish. Note about chicken: use 4 thin chicken breasts, or use 2 large thick chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally each to make 4 thin chicken breasts.
  4. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  5. Top with chopped and blanched broccoli florets.
  6. Top with chopped cooked bacon.
  7. Top with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
  8. Top with shredded Cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake, uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken breasts.
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  • Kaitlin Rose November 28, 2016, 11:14 pm

    I tried this recipe tonight and it was amazing! The only thing is that I used bone-in chicken breasts that were thick. Bake for approximately 45 minutes and THEN put on the cheese and bacon. If not, the cheese will overcook on the chicken. Cook for an additional 15-20 mins until the chicken is cooked all the way. Tastes amazing!

    • Julia December 17, 2016, 7:41 pm

      Kaitlin, I am glad you liked the recipe! Good to know that it works with bone-in chicken breasts! Thanks for the tips!

  • kathleen December 6, 2016, 12:48 am

    Sorry to say, we found this bland, bland, bland. With all of those awesome ingredients it was really surprising and disappointing. The problem was the chicken. I will try this again but will saute chicken seasoned with a little salt & pepper, pre-cook the broccoli then top everything with the bacon and cheese & put in oven (right in the skillet) to melt the cheese….

    • Julia December 17, 2016, 7:40 pm

      Yes, seasoning chicken with salt and pepper is a great idea if you thought this was bland! To me, there was enough saltiness in the dish from the bacon and the cheddar cheese. Also, note that I used halved chicken breasts (I halved 2 chicken breasts horizontally), which made chicken thinner and therefore there was enough saltiness for thinner chicken from bacon and cheddar cheese.

  • Rochelle December 22, 2016, 8:28 pm

    This was awesome!! So I had 3 chicken breasts, cut them all in half, put salt/pepper/garlic powder/Italian seasoning on both sides! I used 1 whole big bunch of broccoli since there was more chicken. Also about 7 bacon strips. I put just a sprinkle of cheese on, then more cheese for last 5 minutes. It was SO GOOD!!!!!!

    • Julia December 22, 2016, 11:30 pm

      Thank you – I am glad you liked it! 🙂

  • Mary December 30, 2016, 3:41 pm

    Can this be frozen

    • Julia January 2, 2017, 11:23 pm

      Yes, you can freeze this.

  • Mindy January 2, 2017, 9:31 am

    Can this be done in a crock pot? Thanks.

    • Julia January 2, 2017, 11:09 pm

      Hi Mindy, I haven’t tried it in a crock pot, so can’t really say how to modify this recipe for a crock pot.

  • Helen January 19, 2017, 10:20 am

    Hey Julia,

    I just ran out of broccoli. Could I replace it with thinly cut asparagus? Thank you.

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