Easy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Cheesy Casserole

Updated on January 14, 2020
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Jennifer has worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years.

chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole
chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole

Casseroles are always great for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. When you're in a rush to get dinner on the table, just toss all of your ingredients in a casserole dish and pop it in the oven.

This chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole is topped with a wonderfully crispy, buttery breadcrumb crust. This recipe is perfect for using up any leftover chicken, turkey, or rice that you have on hand. And it's freezer friendly. Just whip up a bigger batch and freeze it in foil baking pans. Then it's ready to go when you want to make it. All you have to do is toss it in the oven.

This casserole also makes a great one-pot dish to bring to a potluck or dinner party. No one can resist a cheesy casserole dish. You could also make it as a side dish, or you could easily leave out the chicken to make it vegetarian.

chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole
chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 can cream of broccoli and cheddar soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, unseasoned
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the chicken, broccoli, and cooked rice in your casserole dish. If you are using fresh broccoli, you will need to quickly blanch it in boiling water (until it's partially cooked) before adding to the dish. If you are using frozen broccoli, no need to pre-cook it. Just add it to the casserole dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix the cream of broccoli soup with the milk. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
  4. Add the shredded cheddar cheese and mix all of the ingredients together.
  5. Melt the butter and mix it with the bread crumbs in a small bowl until well blended.
  6. Evenly cover the top of the casserole with the bread crumb mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake the casserole uncovered, on the center rack for about 30 minutes or until your casserole is heated through and the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned and crispy.
 chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole
chicken, broccoli, and rice cheesy casserole
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Variations

This casserole recipe is very versatile. You can add your favorite ingredients to customize it to your taste.

  • If you love onions, then mix in some chopped onions. If you have a little extra time, you could saute the onions first to give them that sweet, caramelized flavor.
  • If you're a bacon lover (who isn't?), you could sprinkle some cooked bacon pieces on top.
  • Another variation idea is to use crushed cheese-flavored Ritz crackers on top instead of the breadcrumbs. Or you could top it with French's crispy fried onions.

The possibilities are endless.

How to Reheat

The best way to reheat this casserole from frozen is to take it out of the freezer in the morning or the day before and let it thaw. Cook it uncovered, according to the cooking instructions above.

If you don't have time to thaw it, and you are reheating it from frozen, you will have to cook it at a lower temperature for longer. I would suggest cooking it at 325 F at the most. Keep it covered until it's fully heated through, and then remove the cover for the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time, or until your topping is slightly browned and crispy.

Questions & Answers

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      • NaturallyInspired profile imageAUTHOR

        Jennifer C 

        14 months ago

        I think it would go great in the Crockpot. Let me know how it turns out :)

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        Michael 

        14 months ago from Indiana, PA

        Nice!! I think I'm going to bend this recipe a little bit to go in my crock pot this Sunday. How well do you think that'll work out?

      • NaturallyInspired profile imageAUTHOR

        Jennifer C 

        14 months ago

        Thanks Liz!

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        Liz Westwood 

        14 months ago from UK

        This is just the kind of recipe I like. Healthy, easy and convenient.

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