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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This easy cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole is a delightful one-dish meal that the whole family will enjoy. Tender chunks of chicken, creamy sauce, rice, and broccoli are baked together, creating a satisfying flavor profile that the whole family will enjoy.

Beyond its family-friendly appeal, this chicken casserole is also an excellent choice to bring comfort to someone who may not be feeling well. With its mild yet delightful taste, this casserole is a thoughtful and nourishing option to share during times when a comforting and delicious meal is needed most.

Ingredients

The make this classic chicken casserole, you need the following ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  • 1 ⅓  cups long-grain rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken
  • 12 ounces broccoli, cooked
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Casserole Variations and Tips

Want to change this up to add more flavor and/or texture? Here are some tips and variations you might want to try.

  • Chicken: You can use cooked rotisserie chicken in place of the chicken breast. Simply pull the meat off the bones and use in place of the cooked chicken in step 4
  • Rice: You can substitute cooked Minute Rice in place of the long-grain rice in step 4. For more texture, you can use cooked wild rice.
  • Soup: A can of cream of mushroom soup or broccoli cheddar soup will change the flavor profile.
  • Cheese: Stir 2 cups of Pepper Jack cheese in step 4 to up the spiciness of the dish.

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2: Cook rice according to package directions. (I like to use the Instant Pot to cook rice. Once I tried it, I haven’t gone back to cooking it on the stovetop.) 

Cooked rice in the bowl of an Instant Pot.

Step 3: Meanwhile, place a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and cook chicken until it is no longer pink inside. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if desired.

Step 4: In a large bowl, combine all the rice, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, milk, and eggs. 

Step 5: Place the chicken mixture in the prepared pan and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and cover the dish with foil

Step 6: Bake for 20. Remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes.

Storing Leftover Chicken Casserole

Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is typically safe to store chicken dishes for up to four days according to the USDA.

Variations and Tips

Want to change this up to add more flavor and/or texture? Here are some tips and variations you might want to try.

  • You can use cooked rotisserie chicken in place of the chicken breast. Simply pull the meat off the bones and use in place of the cooked chicken in step 4
  • For the rice – you can substitute cooked Minute Rice in place of the long-grain rice in step 4. For more texture, you can use cooked wild rice.
  • A can of cream of mushroom soup or broccoli cheddar soup will change the flavor profile.
  • Stir 2 cups of Pepper Jack cheese in step 4 to up the spiciness of the dish.

​Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  1. Family-Friendly: Loved by all ages, this casserole is a hit with the entire family, making it a go-to recipe for easy and enjoyable family meals.
  2. Convenient One-Dish Meal: Simplifying mealtime, this casserole consolidates chicken, rice, and vegetables into one dish, minimizing cleanup and maximizing convenience.
  3. Perfect for Sharing: Whether for a potluck, a family gathering, or bringing comfort to someone in need, this casserole is an ideal dish to share, showcasing both thoughtfulness and deliciousness.

Is it possible to make this casserole ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the casserole in advance, cover it tightly, and refrigerate. When ready to serve, bake according to the recipe instructions.

Can I add other vegetables to the casserole?

Certainly. Feel free to customize the casserole by adding your favorite vegetables, such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or peas.

​Even More Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Tender chicken and wholesome broccoli are cooked together with rice in this creamy casserole topped with cheese.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 673kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  • 1 ⅓ cups long-grain rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 12 ounces broccoli cooked
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook rice according to package directions. (I like to use the Instant Pot to cook rice. Once I tried it, I haven’t gone back to cooking it on the stovetop.)
  • Meanwhile, place a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and cook chicken until it is no longer pink inside. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if desired.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the rice, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, milk, and eggs.
  • Place the chicken mixture in the prepared pan and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and cover the dish with foil.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 1192mg | Potassium: 944mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1106IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is pure comfort food! I love how the flavors blend perfectly, and the creamy cheese sauce makes it irresistible. Perfect for a cozy family dinner or meal prepping for the week

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