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Grandma’s Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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This chicken and broccoli casserole is a great way to get dinner on the table quickly.  It is a perfect way to use leftover chicken or turkey as well!

Casserole dish filled with pasta, chicken, broccoli and topped with melted cheese ready to eat.

Dinner is served and it’s delicious! Grandma’s chicken and broccoli bake has so many of our favorite foods in it, pasta, chicken, broccoli and cheese.

It is a hit every time I make it. It is also a great way to use up some leftover chicken or turkey. It comes together quickly and bakes to perfection. Serve some to your family today!

Grandma’s Recipe

My husband’s grandma sent me this recipe as a response to the original email I sent out that started this wild ride, learn more on that on my about page.  I had some leftover turkey breast from when I made homemade turkey and egg noodles.

This recipe seemed like a great way to use it up.  Obviously you can used leftover roast chicken, chicken breasts or you could pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store.

9x13 pan loaded with pasta, chicken, eggs and cheese ready to bake into a casserole.

I knew I would be on the road, so I made the casserole the night before up until the point you put the cheese on it.  Then I put it in the refrigerator.

When I got home from work, all I had to do was pull it out of the fridge and preheat the oven.  I added a few minutes to the bake time because the casserole started cold.   Everyone was a fan of this one.

The first time we had it everyone raved about it.  Now I keep it in my back pocket for whenever I have some leftover poultry.  So I pull it out a few times a year.

I think the boys in this house have limited memory, so they act like it is the first time they see it ever time.  But they love it every time!

dinner plate loaded with pasta, chicken and broccoli in cheesy casserole with fork ready to eat.

If you are looking for a quick and tasty way to change up leftovers, this is the recipe for you.  But don’t let lack of leftovers get in your way.  It is definitely worth cooking up some chicken breasts too.

More Delicious Chicken Recipes

If you like tasty and comforting meals like this one, you may also enjoy creamy one pot chicken and noodles. It is a stovetop meal that all comes together in one pot.

Or you could try MiMi’s creamy chicken pot pie. My siblings request that one for their birthday dinner and our friends always ask for it too!

illustration of cheesy chicken broccoli and pasta bake ingredients for casserole.

Cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole is another all in one meal. We sure do love our cheesy chicken dishes.

Grandma was definitely on the right track sending us this one!  I need to ask her if she has any more like this in her recipe box! What are some of your favorite ways to use up leftover chicken and turkey?

More Great Casserole Recipes

If you love a good casserole as much as we do, be sure to check out these recipes as well. They are all warm, filling and easy to throw together.

Pork chops and cheesy potato casserole make two of our favorites at once and they are even better together. All you need to do is make a vegetable and dinner is done!

No boil baked ziti is all of the flavor of the classic pasta main dish without the prep. You don’t have to boil the noodles or brown the meat, just put it all in the pan and let it bake to perfection.

Cheesy Alfredo stuffed shells are filled with lots of vegetables and topped with three cheeses to make creamy and delicious vegetarian meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh broccoli in this recipe?

Yes! If you prefer to use fresh broccoli instead of frozen broccoli florets, you can certainly do that. Fresh broccoli takes a little bit longer to cook though.

So if you want tender broccoli you may want to partially cook it before you add it to the casserole. You can steam it for a few minutes or put it in the microwave for a minute or two and then add it to the recipe.

Can I assemble this casserole ahead of time?

Of course. If you want to prepare the recipe ahead of time, just follow the instructions in the recipe card up until it goes in the oven. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate.

Chill for up to two days. When ready to bake, take the casserole out of the refrigerator while preheating the oven to take the chill off.

Bake for 10 minutes with the foil on and then remove the foil from the baking dish and cook another 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

Love this recipe? Give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review in the recipe card below!

dinner plate loaded with pasta, chicken and broccoli in cheesy casserole with fork ready to eat.

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
This chicken noodle casserole is total comfort food and one of our favorite leftover chicken recipes. The whole family loves it. As the casserole bakes the cheese melts over the tender chicken and broccoli making it a perfect all in one meal.
4.58 from 232 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • cups chicken broth
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 cups shredded chicken or turkey!
  • 12 ounce package frozen broccoli thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cook egg noodles according to package directions to al dente. Drain and place in a greased 9×13" pan.
    8 ounces egg noodles
  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Cook chopped onions in the melted butter until tender.
    3 Tablespoons butter, 1 onion
  • Add flour and cook for about a minute, stirring frequently.
    ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • Pour in the chicken broth while stirring. Once the flour is incorporated into the broth, add milk and cook over medium heat until it begins to thicken, stirring frequently.
    1½ cups chicken broth, ¾ cup milk
  • Distribute the cooked chicken and broccoli over noodles. Pour the creamy sauce over the top of the casserole.
    4 cups shredded chicken, 12 ounce package frozen broccoli
  • Mix cheese together and sprinkle over the casserole.
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubble and the cheese is melted. 

Notes

This casserole is great with leftover chicken or turkey. But you can also try it with leftover ham, or chunks of kielbasa as well!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 429kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 32gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 491mgPotassium: 465mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 767IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 298mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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GrandMamaa

Friday 17th of May 2024

This was a really great recipe and I’ll be using it again. It was so flavorful, and the family chowed down as soon as i put the plates down. I just need to double the recipe since they LOVE it so much. I’m so glad I found your site. Thank you so much!!!! I’ll be trying your other recipes too.

Carlee

Saturday 18th of May 2024

I am so glad you liked it!

Lyndi

Wednesday 8th of May 2024

It was lacking in flavor and dry. Needs more moisture, sauce. Will not be making this again. Sorry.

Carlee

Thursday 9th of May 2024

That's ok. Not every recipe is for everybody.

Gail

Monday 6th of May 2024

My husband and I really loved this! It makes a lot, so next time will make the half recipe for just us and use the 1x recipe when we have company.

Carlee

Monday 6th of May 2024

I am glad you liked it! Luckily it halves well, so that should be perfect.

Shari K

Friday 3rd of May 2024

This dish was easy and delicious! I used fresh broccoli and rotisserie chicken. I also covered the dish halfway through the cooking time with foil, and added 5 minutes to the cooking time.

Carlee

Saturday 4th of May 2024

Yum! I am glad you liked it!

Steve

Sunday 14th of January 2024

Very good recipe! Nice sauce, but I did make extra to get that bubbly finish. I love how you repeat the ingredients at the end of each instruction to avoid having to keep scrolling back to check amounts. I will check out more of your recipes!

Carlee

Sunday 14th of January 2024

Extra sauce is almost always a good idea. I am glad you liked it, thank you!