Mediterranean Baked Potato Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Mediterranean Baked Potato Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Mediterranean Baked Potato Chicken and Broccoli Casserole is a nutritious and flavorful dish that combines tender chicken, roasted potatoes, and crisp broccoli with Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like olive oil, garlic, lemon, and herbs. This casserole is light yet satisfying, offering a wholesome blend of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. Perfect for a family meal or meal prep, it brings the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean to your dinner table.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 cups broccoli florets

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare the Potatoes:

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Toss the cubed potatoes with half of the olive oil, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet.

Roast the potatoes in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.

2. Cook the Chicken:

While the potatoes are roasting, season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and half of the minced garlic.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the chicken until browned and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside.

3. Prepare the Broccoli:

Steam the broccoli florets until just tender, about 3-4 minutes. Alternatively, blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain well.

4. Make the Sauce:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, remaining olive oil, lemon juice, remaining minced garlic, oregano, basil, and Parmesan cheese until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Assemble the Casserole:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the roasted potatoes, cooked chicken, and steamed broccoli.

Pour the yogurt sauce over the mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.

Transfer the mixture to a greased 9×13-inch baking dish and spread it out evenly.

Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top.

6. Bake the Casserole:

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Let the casserole rest for a few minutes before serving.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

NOTES:

Cheese Variations: Feta adds a tangy flavor that complements the Mediterranean theme, but you can also use goat cheese or a mixture of different cheeses.

Vegetable Add-ins:  Add other Mediterranean vegetables like cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, or olives for extra flavor and nutrition.

Make-Ahead Tip: This casserole can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated. Simply bake it for an additional 10-15 minutes if it’s going straight from the fridge to the oven.

Serving Suggestions: Serve this casserole with a side of mixed greens, a cucumber-tomato salad, or a slice of whole-grain bread for a complete Mediterranean meal.

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave to maintain texture and flavor.

Nutritional Information (per serving, based on 6 servings):

Calories: 340

Protein: 27g

Carbohydrates: 30g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 5g

Fat: 14g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 75mg

Sodium: 400mg

This Mediterranean-friendly casserole is a delicious and nutritious option that’s perfect for a wholesome family meal. Enjoy the vibrant flavors and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet with this easy-to-make dish!

 

 

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