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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

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This comfort food casserole is a whole meal in one dish. It is cheesy, creamy and loaded with the good stuff. It is a great fill your bell meal that comes together quickly, starting with dry rice and raw chicken.

plate of chicken broccoli and rice casserole ready to eat

     Feeding your family just got a whole lot easier.  This cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole has it all in one dish.  Plus it is a dump and bake recipe, so there is basically no prep work.  Just measure, dump, cover and bake! No pre-cooking. No fussing. It’s a perfectly easy way to fill up your family.

     If you are looking for a comfort food option for dinner, this is it! There is nothing like a creamy, cheesy casserole to fill your belly.

     This particular version is simplified.  There is no pre-cooking of the rice.

chicken broccoli and rice casserole, everything raw, ready to bake.

     There is no browning of the chicken either.  You just put everything into a pan and turn it into dinner.

     It really doesn’t get much easier than that! The rice soaks up the broth and the soup and cheese make a delicious thick sauce that holds it all together.

chicken broccoli and rice casserole fresh from the oven

    Meanwhile the chicken and broccoli cook right along with it.  Some buttery cornflakes finish it off.

    You could easily sub in cracker crumbs or buttered bread crumbs if that is what you happen to have on hand.

    That is one of the best parts about casseroles, they are easily adaptable! You can even leave out the chicken and make this a great side dish or meatless main.

serving of chicken broccoli and rice casserole with pan in the background.

    If you love a good casserole, you may want to check out grandma’s chicken and broccoli casserole.  it is a great way to turn leftover chicken or turkey into a pasta based dinner.

    Another comforting all in one meal we love is MiMi’s creamy chicken pot pie.  It is another hearty meal that gets requested frequently around here!

Yield: 8 Servings

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice casserole made from raw rice and chicken, a dump and bake meal

This comfort food casserole is a whole meal in one dish. It is cheesy, creamy and loaded with the good stuff. It is a great fill your bell meal that comes together quickly, starting with dry rice and raw chicken.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces defrosted broccoli or 1-2 fresh broccoli crowns cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups of rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese (or similar)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 2 cups cornflakes, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a 9x13" pan.
  2. Stir the cream of chicken, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, rice, broth and milk together in the pan.
  3. Cut the broccoli and chicken into bite sized pieces. Cut the cheese into cubes. Scatter all three over the top of the rice mixture.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes. Stir and set aside.
  5. Melt the remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter and stir into the cornflake crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
  6. Bake uncovered at 375 F for an additional 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes then serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 1413mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 40g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This comfort food casserole is a whole meal in one dish. It is cheesy, creamy and loaded with the good stuff. It is a great fill your bell meal that comes together quickly, starting with dry rice and raw chicken.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

I love that there is no precooking involved! Makes it so much easier on a weeknight.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Monday 13th of April 2020

This casserole sounds so good. I wonder if you could use bread crumbs on top of the casserole since I don't have any corn flakes. Instead of using the velveeta cheese I wonder if you could use shredded cheddar cheese. I have those ingredients on hand. Thanks for the recipe Carlee. Have a nice week. Stay safe and be well.

Carlee

Thursday 16th of April 2020

I think both should work just fine! Cracker crumbs or whatever you have on hand would be good too. You'll have to let me know how it goes if you give it a go!

Miz Helen

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

This is a great casserole with a lot of comfort, we will love it. Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday! Happy Spring! Miz Helen

Carlee

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

It is like a nice warm hug! Thank you for hosting!

Kelly @ Mum-bo-Jumbo

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

I am always on the lookout for recipes suitable for my toddler. I think this would be great as the broccoli is almost "hidden". He loves rice so this is something I will be trying out! Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday

Carlee

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

My toddler loved it. He likes to play with broccoli, but never really eats it!

Buba4Turtle

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

Yummy! It must have been really good since it's all gone! Guess I should try it now.

Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

Carlee

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

It was so good! Thanks for hosting!