Planning ahead with your meals has many benefits, including saving you time, money and the hassle of deciding what to prepare each night. A great homemade freezer meal does just that, and can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.

 

With a list of easy-to-find ingredients, this delicious chicken, broccoli and rice bake can be kept frozen for up to three months. It’s easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, then popped into freezer-friendly containers. On weeks when you’re running low on time, simply defrost the bake the night before and reheat it just before serving. What’s more, this recipe is the perfect way to pack nutritious veggies like broccoli into your family’s diet.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water

2 cups uncooked rice

4 chicken breasts, cut into blocks

¼ cup butter

1L milk

100g flour

200g cream cheese

1 head broccoli, chopped

1 small white onion, chopped

400g cheddar

50g breadcrumbs

 

TO MAKE

Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Pour in the rice and cook for 25 minutes while covered on a low heat until all the water has disappeared and the rice is soft. While the rice is cooking, warm a frying pan to medium heat and fry the chicken until it is completely cooked through.

 

In a small-sized saucepan, heat the butter on medium heat until it has melted. Add the flour and mix it well. Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture while whisking. Continue until there are no more lumps. Let it cook on a medium heat while continuously stirring so as to avoid burning the bottom of the saucepan.

 

In a large baking dish, mix together the prepared rice, chicken, cream cheese, broccoli, onion, white sauce and cheese. Top the mixture with bread crumbs. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve immediately or let it cool down completely and divide into containers and freeze.

 

Remember to remove your frozen portions from the freezer the night before you want to serve them up. Then all you need to do is heat it up before dinner.

 

Makes enough for 4 people.

 

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