Family Meal: Roast Chicken with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Sauce
and apple stuffing
$9.95 per serving
Prep & Cook Time:40-50 min.
Cook Within:5 days
Spice Level:Not Spicy
A note about serious food allergies
If you have a couple picky eaters in your brood, this is just the meal to make them excited about dinnertime. Roasted chicken gets a major assist from homemade Fuji apple stuffing, the most comforting of fare. But the real star of this show is the broccoli and cheddar sauce. Have some dessert ready, because everyone at your table will be joining the Clean Plate Club.
Core apple and cut into ¼" dice. Trim ends off celery and cut into ¼" dice. Lightly crush croutons, breaking them into ½" chunks. Do not crush into very small pieces, as stuffing will be too dense. Rinse chicken breasts, pat dry, and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper. Combine 1 ⅓ cups water and chicken demi-glace in a small mixing bowl.
Sear the Chicken
Place a large oven-safe pan over high heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and chicken to hot pan and cook until well browned on one side, 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Chicken will finish cooking in a later step. Return pan to high heat (no need to clean pan).
Begin the Vegetables
Add butter, apples, celery, ¼ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper to hot pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3-5 minutes. Add chicken demi-glace mixture to pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat and add croutons to pan. Remove from burner. Stir until all croutons are moistened, 1-2 minutes.
Finish the Chicken
Return chicken, seared side up, and any accumulated juices to pan over stuffing. Place in oven and bake until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 10-12 minutes. Set aside. While chicken roasts, cook broccoli.
Cook the Broccoli and Cheese Sauce
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil, broccoli, ⅓ cup water, and ¼ tsp. salt to hot pan. Cover and cook until broccoli is tender, 5-7 minutes. Uncover and cook until water evaporates, 1-2 minutes. Transfer broccoli to a plate and return pan to medium heat (no need to wipe clean). Add cream and bring to a simmer. Add shredded cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is smooth, 1-2 minutes. Set aside. If needed, add 1 Tbsp. water to loosen sauce over medium heat.
Plate the Dish
Arrange chicken, stuffing, and broccoli on a plate and pour cheese sauce over broccoli and in front of chicken.