Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chicken Broccoli Bake

University of Michigan is notorious for poor cafeteria food. Surprisingly, many current students and recent alumni have rallied behind one reliable dish: Chicken Broccoli Bake. It's rich in flavor and substance, has high sauce appeal, and even enough vegetables to keep mom off your back. A hefty portion served on rice is the perfect companion to salad bar and soft serve.

The university has it's recipe available online. And, though it produces good results, it seems too tedious for the average student slop chef. So, here's an attempt at easy broccoli bake.

::1.5 c water
::1 c rice
::1 can cream of mushroom soup
::.5-1 cup sour cream
::1 onion (chopped)
::1 garlic clove (chopped)
::4 T butter
::1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into small chunks

-Mix water, rice, soup, sour cream in a casserole dish (I use my trusty 13x9x2 pyrex)
-Sauté onion and garlic with 2 T butter until golden
-Sauté chicken with remaining butter until lightly browned (NOT cooked all the way through)
-Mix onion and chicken with previously combined ingredients.
-sprinkle pan with bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, and pepper
-***for white rice, bake at 350 for 45.
-***for brown rice, bake at 350 for just over an hour

This was easy and excellent. Just as I remember in the dorms. Maybe I would change a few things: more onions and garlic, maybe some white wine. Also, some interesting flavors might come from swapping beef for chicken, egg noodles for rice.


Anonymous said...

gie, where is the brocolli

Anonymous said...

Kind of sad, really - I made the proper recipe a million times on my own, while in school, in really tiny rented kitchens. It's really not that hard, and it'd be nice if you had a link to the proper recipe since your site shows up first on Google.

For anyone who would like the proper, broccoli included, recipe. The recipe dining gives still needs tweaking - they scaled back all the proportions and I think a few are off a bit - but it's generally there.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but I think UM does an AMAZING job trying to appease all the INCREDIBLY different (and all too often) snobby student palates.

Vegan, vegetarian, kosher (during the holidays)...and even now making certain foods 'to order'.

I doubt you'd find any other university in Michigan that caters so much to its student population. If you are that fussy, live at home.