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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a 9x13" pan.
- Stir the cream of chicken, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, rice, broth and milk together in the pan.
- Cut the broccoli and chicken into bite sized pieces. Cut the cheese into cubes. Scatter all three over the top of the rice mixture.
- Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes. Stir and set aside.
- Melt the remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter and stir into the cornflake crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
- 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.
- Let sit for 10 minutes then serve and enjoy.
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.