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Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe – Creamy Chicken Casserole

This chicken broccoli cheese casserole recipe makes for a really great meal. I’m on a casserole kick as of late. So, expect a few more coming up. I just find that I usually turn towards this kind of meal when I am having a crazy day. There’s nothing easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients together into one skillet/pan and then giving myself time while it cooks in the oven. Nothing to watch on the stove! I can actually tend to the rest of the house or be with my kids. Yes, chicken and rice casseroles are my favorite and I hope they become yours as well. Let’s talk a bit about how you make them – especially this creamy chicken casserole. 

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe - Creamy Chicken Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe – Creamy Chicken Casserole

I just want to say off the bat that if you don’t have an ovenproof skillet like the one pictured in this blog post, you can pour everything into a greased casserole dish and use that to bake your meal instead. Don’t get caught up in what I use.  I have a rice cooker which I LIVE AND DIE FOR, but you can always make rice the traditional way or go for something a bit more instant. That is up to you. But if you haven’t purchased a rice cooker yet, it has changed my life and for the better. When I am in a pinch, I throw a bag of frozen rice from Trader Joe’s in the microwave and admittedly it’s just as good. 🙂 Very rarely do I make rice on the stovetop, I don’t have the patience for it anymore ever since I ‘ve seen the rice cooker light. And for $25, you can too. 

Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1lb, chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2-1/2 cups cooked wild rice (1 cup uncooked Lundbery Wild Blend Rice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Chicken Broccoli Casserole Directions:

onions and garlic with chicken in skillet
For this creamy chicken casserole, you need a large skillet. Heat oil, garlic, onion, and chicken all together. Cook until chicken is browned on medium heat. Since it’s a chicken broccoli casserole, we need to add the broccoli, right?

broccoli, onions and garlic with chicken in skillet

Add the broccoli and cook it for an additional 2 minutes or until bright green. Stir in the rice and add your seasonings.

melting butter for creamy chicken casserole

Grab a small saucepan. Creamy chicken casserole dishes always need a few dishes during the prep stage even though your final product showcases just one. A bit deceptive, right? In that small saucepan, heat butter and flour whisking constantly until combined.

Add your milk and heat on medium, stirring constantly until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cheddar cheese until completely melted. Pour over chicken and broccoli mixture. Mix well. This is going to help create that creamy chicken casserole we are all hoping to achieve. 

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole in skillet Ready to Bake

Your chicken broccoli cheese casserole will need to bake in a 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. When it is done, top with Parmesan cheese right before serving.

Serves 6

Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Servings: 6

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2-1/2 cups cooked wild rice 1 cup uncooked Lundbery Wild Blend Rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Directions:

  • In a large skillet, heat oil, garlic, onion and chicken. Cook until chicken is browned on medium heat. Add broccoli and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until bright green. Stir in rice and add seasonings.
  • In a small sauce pan, heat butter and flour whisking constantly until combined. Add milk and heat on medium, stirring constantly until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cheddar cheese until completely melted. Pour over chicken and broccoli mixture. Mix well.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Top with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Notes

Serves 6

Do You Have To Cook The Rice Before Baking This Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe?

Yes, but as I mentioned in the intro, I love my rice cooker. You can multi-task and have your rice cooker going while you prep your chicken. I NEVER make rice on the stove anymore now that I have a rice cooker. It will change your life. 

Do I Need Any Side Dishes With My Casserole?

I don’t think so. You have a vegetable, a starch, and a protein in this dish. If you’d like to make a nice side salad to accompany the meal, that would be great. However, I don’t think it needs it. I usually put out a bowl of cucumbers and tomatoes only because I like to make sure my children always eat something fresh and juicy during every meal. That could be an easy option. But one of the reasons why I love chicken casserole dishes is because they have everything you need. 

Well, what do you think about this one? Something that you might want to try? If you are thinking about other dishes on my site for dinner – give these a shot:

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