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Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

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posted: 06/09/21

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This Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is ultimate comfort food. With easy ingredients and the ability to make it ahead, this chicken broccoli and rice casserole will become part of the meal rotation.

white casserole dish filled with chicken broccoli and rice casserole topped with fried onions

I partnered with Gold’n Plump® to bring you this delicious dinner recipe.

I’m so excited about today’s recipe! It is a spin on my Broccoli Rice Casserole, but made with chicken to stretch it into a full dinner recipe. This great recipe can be made completely from scratch. It can be made ahead and frozen. Your family will love this classic dinner recipe.

How to Make Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  1. Sauté the onions. Soften the onion in melted butter over medium heat. Then stir in the frozen broccoli and cook until no longer frozen.
  2. Mix together the casserole ingredients. Mix together the condensed cream of chicken soup, milk, spices, vegetables, chicken, instant rice, and some of the cheese. Pour it into the casserole dish.
  3. Top the casserole. Add cheese and fried onions to the top of the casserole and bake.
a package of gold'n plump chicken breasts on a wood board next to chicken broccoli rice casserole

Totally from scratch Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

I know there are a lot of people who get turned off from recipes that call for condensed soup.

I get it. So this chicken broccoli rice cheese casserole has the short cut of using the store bought condensed cream of chicken soup. But, you can also substitute that with my homemade condensed cream of chicken soup!

It makes the exact amount the can gives you, so it’s a perfect swap out.

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Make Ahead Chicken Broccoli Casserole

I love that this chicken broccoli cheese rice casserole is an easy make ahead meal. This makes it perfect for a busy week night.

Follow the instructions up until you put the mixture in the casserole dish and the stop. Cover it and put it in the refrigerator.

When you get home from work the next night, pull it out, add the remaining cheese and fried onions, and pop it in the oven. Just five extra minutes of bake time and you have a delicious chicken and broccoli casserole.

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Freezer Friendly

This chicken broccoli rice casserole makes a great freezer meal!

Use an aluminum disposable baking dish so you don’t have to worry about your frozen glass or ceramic dish cracking and breaking in your hot oven.

Like the instructions above, you want prepare your casserole but not top it. Wrap it several times in aluminum foil or plastic wrap before placing it in the freezer.

When you are ready to bake it, take it right from the freezer, top it with the remaining cheddar cheese and fried onions and put in the oven.

Bake your frozen casserole for 45 minutes covered at 350 degrees. Then remove the foil and bake another 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbling.

Serving Size

This recipe makes 7 cups. The nutritional information listed in the recipe card below is based on six servings. So each serving is one overflowing cup.

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FAQ

Do I cook the chicken before adding it?

Nope! The chicken goes into the recipe in step 3 raw.

Do I precook the rice?

Nope! Stir in the uncooked instant rice in step 3.

Can I use regular long grain rice instead of instant rice?

Sorry! This recipe was only tested with instant rice.

Can I use fresh broccoli instead of frozen?

Yes! You will just want to sauté it until it is tender rather than the time frame given below.

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Other Delicious chicken Dinners

If you make this Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole or any of my other dinner recipes, please let me know by leaving a comment! I love hearing what’s working for you and what’s not.

white casserole dish filled with chicken broccoli and rice casserole topped with fried onions
5 from 3 votes

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
This Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is ultimate comfort food. With easy ingredients and the ability to make it ahead, this chicken broccoli and rice casserole will become part of the meal rotation.

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 16 ounces frozen broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 ounces condensed cream of chicken soup (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 pound Gold'n Plump Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts diced (uncooked)
  • 1 cup fried onions

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the broccoli, and cook until no longer frozen, about 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the condensed cream of chicken soup, milk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the broccoli onion mixture, diced chicken, instant rice, and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese and fried onions. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15 minutes.

Notes

To make this dish ahead of time, follow the instructions through #3. Cover with foil and put in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Top with 1 cup cheddar cheese and fried onions. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole has begun to brown around the edges.
Serving: 1heaping cup Calories: 469kcal (23%) Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) Protein: 25g (50%) Fat: 31g (48%) Saturated Fat: 17g (106%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 98mg (33%) Sodium: 938mg (41%) Potassium: 408mg (12%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 81IU (2%) Vitamin C: 72mg (87%) Calcium: 171mg (17%) Iron: 11mg (61%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

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  1. Aaron says

    5 stars
    This turned out perfectly! I looked for a basic rice/chicken/broccoli dish as comfort food this weekend and found your recipe. Great job! I like to cook and don’t really look for “quick and easy”, but by default this one is quick and easy. I had everything on hand and it is really tasty. Thank you for posting this! :) :) :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes me so happy, Aaron! Things that are just inherently quick and easy are my favorite.

  2. Marjorie says

    I never use instant rice. Is there someway I could use other types of rice, eg., basmati, jasmine or long grain rice?

  3. clarissa says

    thank Lisa i like the recipe and the green pie.lary

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