The best Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is a mouth licking 30 minutes recipe that you can make any day and it will still be delicious. It is cheesy and broccoli that enhances the flavors and makes it homely and tickles your taste buds at every bite. 

Chicken Broccoli and Rice 

For every cook and amateur out there the recipe differs. Some tastes change as per the flavours and the methods. For making Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole as an amateur cook one google and find a lot of recipes in videos and list format. Some are even made using rice or canned soup.  

Canned soup in a recipe changes the flavours because the soup can be put in a fridge for several days and used later resulting in a change of flavours and freshness.

It can be easy to make but the taste is compromised. The homemade soup made with fresh ingredients and cooked tastes better but it takes a longer time than a canned soup version. 

The following is a one-pot recipe made with chicken, cheese and broccoli. The rice is added to enhance the flavours. 

Chicken and Rice Recipe

Chicken and rice are two ingredients that are the secret stars of many dishes. They make any boring dish tasty. But for them together in a recipe makes it star class. This recipe is not only easy to make but it can be made in one skillet so cleaning up is a lot easier as fewer utensils are used. 

The secret way of enhancing the flavour of the cheese is simple. Just heat the skillet and add the cheese. It melts quickly bringing the best flavours.  

It tastes like risotto that has cheese flavour and looks very creamy. Plain white Rice enhances this creamy taste and makes it crunchy. 

Rice is an important dish in Asian homes. The rice here is not sticky but rice grains cooked and look not mushy or overcooked. Adding this rice to the cream surely enhances the dish. 

Chicken Rice Casserole recipe 

This homely dish is done in 30 minutes. It is easy and it is made in one pot. First cook the chicken and onion together and make the onion from pink to brown. Then add the broth and creamy soup and let the flavours heat up. When it is heated then add the rice and cook it.

Rice takes on average 15 minutes to cook. But even less time by using instant rice. But for brown rice,  it will take longer. 

Then comes the broccoli and the cheese combo. Put in the broccoli and cheese and cook in the heated mix until broccoli is soft and chewy as this indicates broccoli is absorbing the flavours properly. 

Cover this creamy mix with more cheese and spread it all on the top. It will look like mac and cheese but it tastes way better. The cheese cover will melt, spreading the flavour on the tender chicken broccoli and rice. It will look very yummy and taste yummy too. 

Here is the recipe preparation styles are given below.  The casserole can be baked and refrigerated too:

Refrigerator

  • This casserole can be made anyway but to bake it has to be refrigerated for the 2-day minimum. 

There are 2 ways to make the above which is : 

  1. Put together the ingredients and freeze for a maximum of 3 months. For direct baking add 60minutes more to the baking time. The temperature is 350 degrees.
  2. For non-direct baking,  let it sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  3. You can determine the portion to cook for everyday meals. 
  4. For any of option 1 or 2, the topping of butter or cracker should be added at the end. 
  5. You can store this baked casserole for three days.  

What do you need to make The best Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Casserole

olive oil 1 tbsp 

1  onion chopped in small 

2 chicken breasts chopped in small 

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

4 minced garlic cloves

¾ cup uncooked rice 

10 oz cream of chicken soup (1 can)

3 cups chicken broth less salty

2 cups broccoli florets

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 tbsp chopped parsley

How to make The best Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Casserole

FIRST STEP:

Take a large skillet and heat the olive oil. Then add medium size onion and square-cut chicken pieces.

Cook until they turn brown. Add salt and pepper as per flavor.  Cook for 30 more seconds.

SECOND STEP:

Next, put in rice, chicken soup and 2 cups of chicken broth.  you can add more. Cook the rice Fully.  It should be done in fifteen minutes.

THIRD STEP:

Add broccoli and cheese and cook for two more minutes to soften it. 

FOURTH STEP:

Then add cheese cover on the top and put on a broiler until it turns brown. 

Sprinkle parsley at the end. 

Enjoy!

The best Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Casserole

The best Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • olive oil 1 tbsp 
  • 1  onion chopped in small 
  • 2 chicken breasts chopped in small 
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • ¾ cup uncooked rice 
  • 10 oz cream of chicken soup (1 can)
  • 3 cups chicken broth less salty
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Take a large skillet and heat the olive oil. Then add medium size onion and square-cut chicken pieces.

Cook until they turn brown. Add salt and pepper as per flavour.  Cook for 30 more seconds.

SECOND STEP:

Next, put in rice, chicken soup and 2 cups of chicken broth.  you can add more. Cook the rice Fully.  It should be done in fifteen minutes.

THIRD STEP:

Add broccoli and cheese and cook for two more minutes to soften it. 

FOURTH STEP:

Then add cheese cover on the top and put on a broiler until it turns brown. 

Sprinkle parsley at the end. 

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 10gSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 340gSugar: 20gProtein: 12g