A friend made this for me as a freezer meal when my baby was born. We loved it!
1LBS fresh broccoli, broken into pieces and steamed 2 minutes
3 cups cooked shredded or diced chicken
3 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
3 cups cooked rice
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1 stick melted butter
1 TBS poppy seeds
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups of the cheddar from above
In a greased 9x13, layer rice, broccoli, and chicken. Set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the melted butter, cornstarch dissolved in water, chicken broth, seasonings, and milk. Stir well, and continue stirring until sauce thickens. Turn heat down to low and add 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese. Stir until melted. Pour over the chicken and broccoli. Top with 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese.
Melt the cutter and add poppy seeds, stir well. Crush Ritz crackers. Add to melted butter. Sprinkle over the grated cheese.
To eat Immediately:
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
For the Freezer (before baking):
Top with plastic wrap and foil and freeze. Thaw before cooking.