Freekeh Creamy Chicken & Greens Bake

I know what you’re probably thinking, what in the hell is Freekeh? To be honest, that was my first thought too when I first heard about it. So what is it you ask? The legend is that one day a Middle Eastern village’s wheat field was set on fire and while attempting to put out the fire to save their crops, they discovered the kernels inside were deliciously edible. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that Freekeh has fewer calories and fat than quinoa and still has the same about of protein per serving.

freekan creamy chicken bake

Being so excited to see what Freekeh would taste like in comparison to quinoa, I decided to create a new recipe to try it out. I can’t explain how it tastes exactly but I definitely prefer it to quinoa based on taste alone.  The results were so good I had to share it with you all! But where do I find Freekeh to try out this recipe? You should be able to find it at any local health food store but if you still can’t find it you’re in luck! Freekeh Foods and I have teamed up to giveaway a bag for you to try so enter below for your chance to win!

freekan creamy chicken bake

More than likely you have most of these ingredients already if you are a healthy eater so this is a great meal to throw together last minute. The only ingredients missing from the picture is flour and milk so if you have everything else, you’re good to go.

freekan creamy chicken bake

Since my oldest is a picky eater I try to add any veggies he will eat into a meal and then add ones that he doesn’t like that are the same color so he can’t tell the difference. For this dish I added asparagus which he loves and spinach which he hates. 

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All you have to do is prep your “cream sauce” and then throw it all in a bowl to mix together.

freekan creamy chicken bake

 

Bake it all up and enjoy the deliciousness! I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this meal!

freekan creamy chicken bake

 

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Freekeh Creamy Chicken & Greens Bake
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 2.5 cup milk
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1lb uncooked chicken breast diced
  • 1 cup asparagus chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1.5 cups spinach
  • 1 package of Freekeh original or rosemary sage
  • 1.5 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees and grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a saucepan mix the chicken broth and flour together and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Once thickened, add in milk and the bullion cube and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Set burner to low once thickened.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients and half of the cheese in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  6. Slowly add in the cream sauce until everything is well coated.
  7. Transfer to baking dish, sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and cook covered for 35 minutes.
  8. Removed cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Now for the good stuff! Enter below for a chance to win a bag of Freekeh to try out for yourself. You will get to choose between original, rosemary sage, or tamari. 

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17 Comments

  1. August 26, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    I have never heard of Freekah before but this sounds so delicious. I am going to have to find some so that I can make this!

  2. August 26, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    I have never heard of it , but I have never tried quinoa either. I’ve been trying to find it at the grocery store because I’m curious about it. I’m trying to eat healthier so I’m interested in both. Pinning the recipe to give it a try.
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  3. August 26, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Your recipe looks very good! I always like finding new ways to cook novel foods.

  4. August 26, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Definitely looks interesting but not sure if its for me, I have avoided Quinoa for as long as I can so not sure I will try freekeh. But this does look delicious
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  5. August 26, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Yum, this looks like a great casserole to make now that it is getting chilly out. A perfectly heartwarming and healthy dish!

  6. Heather
    August 26, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    It looks like it makes up a very nice casserole. I like to hide veggies in the dishes I make too for the kids. Casseroles are really nice this time of year.

  7. August 27, 2015 / 1:08 am

    I have never heard of Freekeh before but this dish looks really good. I love casserole type dishes for the fall and think the whole family would like this.
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  8. August 27, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Oh that looks tasty! I love easy casseroles, especially the healthier ones. I have never tried quinoa, but I’d love to try this, too.
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  9. August 28, 2015 / 2:31 am

    I have never seen or heard of this before, but the chicken dish looks and sounds great! I will have to keep my eyes open.

  10. Rosey
    August 28, 2015 / 8:59 am

    That really is a good looking bake right there. I bet my kids would like to try it here!

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