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Chicken and Broccoli Bake

This chicken broccoli bake is kicked up a notch by adding farro and freshly grated cheddar cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 478kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large broccoli heads, chopped
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to skillet with the onion. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the chicken is browned. Stir in garlic for another minute.
  • Push chicken and onion to the side and add remaining tablespoon olive oil. Add farro, thyme and crushed red pepper flakes and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken stock, stirring everything together and bring to simmer. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 30-35 minutes, or until farro is cooked.
  • Add the broccoli and half of the cheese and stir until everything is combined. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Top with remaining cheese and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with some parsley.


  • You don't have to cook your own chicken. Just use rotisserie chicken, which would be about 2 cups chicken.
  • If you don't want to use farro, just replace with rice or barley. Keep in mind the cooking time will change.
  • Don’t use pre-shredded cheese. It doesn’t taste as good and also has additional ingredients that you don’t need.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g