Creamy Chicken, Mushroom & Rice Casserole

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1 cup brown rice, already cooked according to note directions (or you can cook it at the same time, but it will take about 45 minutes).

3 large chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces.

2 portobella caps, chopped

1 can reduced sodium chicken broth

1 cup cream or milk (i used heavy cream, simply because i wanted to make sure it was used.  I don’t use a lot of it, and was afraid i would have to throw it out).

In a 2 qt casserole, put cooked brown rice on the bottom and season with salt, pepper, tarragon, parsley, garlic powder, and oregano (or whatever you want).

In a large pan, saute’ chicken in a bit of oil.  Deglaze pan with chicken broth, then remove chicken with a slotted spoon and put on top of the rice.  Reduce chicken broth by about 1/3 over high heat.  Pour into a bowl, set aside.  Add a bit of butter, brown mushrooms.  When brown, add 1 T butter and 1 T flour, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.  Add the rest of the chicken broth.  Allow to thicken about 2 minutes.  Remove pan from heat.  Slowly add cream or milk.  Pour into casserole and stir to coat chicken and rice.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Note: To cook rice, use 1 cup brown rice (I use mahatma) and 2 3/4 c water.  Bring water to a boil, add rice.  Cover and reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.

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