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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 egg noodles, broccoli, cheese and chicken baked into a delicious casserole

       Dinner is served and it’s delicious! This chicken and broccoli casserole 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!

      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.

    So 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.

    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.

    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?

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Yield: 8 Servings

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

glass dish filled with cheesy past chicken and broccoli casserole ready to eat

This chicken and broccoli casserole 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.

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


  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (or turkey!)
  • 1 12 ounce package frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cook egg noodles according to package directions to al dente. Drain and place in a greased 9x13" pan.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan. Cook chopped onions in butter until tender. Add flour and cook for about a minute, stirring frequently. Pour in the chicken broth while stirring. Once the flour is incorporated into the broth, add milk and cook until it begins to thicken, stirring frequently.
  4. Spread chicken and broccoli over noodles. Pour sauce over the top of the casserole.
  5. Mix cheese together and sprinkle over the casserole.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubble and the cheese is melted. 


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 Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 28g

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

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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!

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Eyrica Abelovsky

Sunday 8th of August 2021

if using fresh broccoli does it need to be cooked first??

also looking at adding this to a freezer meal list im putting together for once the new baby is here> have you prepared and froze before ? any tips if you have ?


Monday 9th of August 2021

It depends on what texture you like your broccoli to be. The bake time is long enough to cook it, but if you like your broccoli super soft you could pre-cook it a bit. Steam it for a few minutes on the stove or in the microwave then add it to the casserole.


Thursday 29th of July 2021

I just made this using fresh broccoli instead of thawed frozen. Here’s hoping!


Thursday 29th of July 2021

I hope you enjoyed it!


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

This was so good! Used leftover rotisserie chicken. Great way to use leftover chicken. Will definitely make again. Thank you for this keeper!


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

That is so good to hear, I am glad you liked it!


Friday 31st of July 2020

Hi Carlee, Looking forward to trying this. I like 'quick and easy' recipes, especially on Mondays (what is it about Mondays? LOL) Glad I found your blog today. Also watched you and your son making ice cream in a bag. His enthusiasm made me chuckle! :) Have a great weekend, Lisa


Saturday 1st of August 2020

Mondays are tough for sure! I am glad you liked the ice cream video. We have a blast cooking and making videos together =)


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

I’ve been looking for a recipe for my picky kiddos so this worked so well with a few changes. I used the pasta shells from a velveeta box bc they like to eat those but I ditched the cheese sauce that comes in the box. I substituted a half tablespoon of onion powder instead of the chopped onions and sprinkled some cooked chopped bacon on top just after I pulled the casserole out of the oven. I also made sure to sit the frozen broccoli in a strainer to drain as much excess water out. It came out good and my kids ate it!


Thursday 21st of May 2020

YAY! it is always nice to find something the picky kids will eat. Your substitutions sound great.

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