Chicken & Broccoli Bake

It’s been quite a while since my last recipe post, apologies for the hiatus! The last few weeks have been quite busy, I’ve moved back home after 4 years in Glasgow and started studying medicine! Uni is busy, I’m travelling 80 miles most days(!) and it’s taken longer than expected to fall into a good routine. I”m finally getting there, which means more cooking and more recipe posts. So here we go

Last week I saw on facebook that Mash Direct were running a competition to make anything you wanted, as long as it included one of their products. Chicken and Broccoli bake with Mash Direct champ on top was my entry, and turned out to be one of my most popular instagram posts. This makes 3 generous portions, serve up with some veg for a perfectly healthy dinner.

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What:

  • 1 large chicken breast, diced into chunks
  • Broccoli (fresh or frozen, frozen being great value)
  • 200g mushrooms chopped
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 1 melting chicken stock pot
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Mash Direct Champ
  • Fry light
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All your ingredients!

How:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Cut the chicken into chunks, chop mushrooms, and crush the garlic
  • Brown the chicken in a large frying pan, first spraying the pan with Fry Light
  • Season the chicken with salt & pepper, adding the garlic after a few minutes so it doesn’t burn. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes, it just needs to be sealed as it will be going into the oven later
  • Steam or boil the broccoli for 8-10 minutes – This process is the same whether you choose to use frozen or fresh, just break into smaller pieces first
  • Cook the mushrooms in a deep pot, a large soup pot is best, on a low heat, stirring occasionally . Be generous adding ground black pepper, 2-3 teaspoons at least
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Mushrooms cooking with black pepper

  • When the mushrooms have cooked down and appear soft and brown, add in the melting chicken stock pot and 200ml coconut milk, stirring everything together. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat
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Add chicken stock pot and coconut milk to the mushrooms

  • Blend the mushrooms and coconut milk mixture until it is smooth
  • Place the chicken and broccoli into an oven proof dish, pour over the mushroom sauce and then top with the champ
  • The champ is normally cooked in the microwave, I put it in the microwave for 3 minutes to soften it to be able to spread it over the top of the bake
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Place the chicken and broccoli into an oven proof dish

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Spread the champ on top, cover in tinfoil and into the oven

  • Cover with tinfoil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Remove tinfoil and cook for a further 5 minutes to crisp up the top

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This dish can be made without a top at all, or a breadcrumb top, the choice is yours. I made this exact same dish last week with a breadcrumb top instead. Just blend 3-4 slices of any bread you have that’s beginning to go a little stale

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This is a perfect dish to pack veg into, and to batch cook as it will keep in the fridge for 2 days. If you make this make sure to show me on instagram with #studentfoodbible

 

 

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