Healthy Casserole Recipes: Pizza-fied Chicken, BBQ Chicken & Cauliflower Rice

Mar 2 2017
Casseroles are family-dinner all-stars, and not just because of the multiple servings. The saucy, savory, comfort-food goodness is what makes those servings disappear every time! These two new chicken recipes deserve prime spots in your personal casserole catalogue. (Or is that not something normal people have?)

Hungry Girl's Healthy Pizza-fied Chicken Casserole Recipe

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1/4th of casserole: 294 calories, 12.5g total fat (6g sat fat), 613mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 35g protein

SmartPoints®
value 7*

Get ready to squash your pizza cravings in a healthy way! The cream cheese in this recipe is a game changer...

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast

1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper

1/2 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms

3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

3/4 cup low-fat marinara sauce

1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

3/4 oz. (about 12 slices) turkey pepperoni, roughly chopped

Optional topping: sliced black olives

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

Pound chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese with 1/4 tsp. garlic powder and 1/4 tsp. onion powder. Stir until smooth and uniform.

Remove skillet from heat; clean, if needed. Re-spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and bell pepper, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. garlic powder and 1/4 tsp. onion powder. Cook and stir until slightly softened and lightly browned, about 6 minutes.

Transfer skillet contents to the bowl with the cream cheese mixture. Mix thoroughly.

Chop chicken, and evenly place in the baking pan.

Evenly top chicken with creamy veggies, marinara sauce, mozzarella, and chopped pepperoni.

Bake until entire dish is hot and bubbly and mozzarella has melted, 20 - 25 minutes.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Hungry Girl's Healthy BBQ Chicken & Cauli' Rice Casserole Recipe

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1/6th of casserole: 226 calories, 6.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 647mg sodium, 18.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 11g sugars, 24g protein

SmartPoints®
value 5*

This recipe is surprisingly simple! BBQ sauce + cheddar + cilantro = MEGA YUM.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower (or HG Alternative)

1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast

1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

1 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

3/4 cup BBQ sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray.

Pulse cauliflower in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.

Pound chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board.

Remove skillet from heat; clean, if needed. Re-spray, and return to medium heat. Add cauliflower and onion. Cook and stir until mostly softened, 8 - 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

Chop chicken, and add to the large bowl. Add cilantro, garlic powder, 1/2 cup cheddar, and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Mix thoroughly.

Transfer mixture to the baking pan, and smooth out the top. Top with remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup cheddar.

Bake until entire dish is hot and cheddar topping has melted, 20 - 25 minutes.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

HG Alternative: Instead of blending 5 cups of roughly chopped cauliflower into rice-sized pieces, use 3 3/4 cups premade cauliflower rice or crumbles, like the kinds by Trader Joe's and Green Giant.

Chew on this:

Today, March 2nd, is National Banana Cream Pie Day. Yum! This five-ingredient banana pudding is just begging for some whipped topping and crushed graham crackers...

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