Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

This creamy chicken and broccoli 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.

Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

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! That’s why I usually lean on broccoli rice casseroles.

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.

Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

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.

Alright, let’s get right to this Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole Recipe.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli CasserolE 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

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. You are almost done with your Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole.

melting butter for creamy chicken casserole

Grab a small saucepan. 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

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.  Haven’t I mentioned that already? 🙂

Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Do I Need Any Side Dishes?

I don’t think you need anything to support this cheesy chicken casserole. 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 of this chicken broccoli cheese casserole? Something that you might want to try? If you are thinking about other dishes on my site for dinner – give these a shot:

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole in skillet Ready to Bake

Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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

Instructions

  1. For this creamy chicken casserole, you need a large skillet.
  2. 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?
  3. Add the broccoli and cook it for an additional 2 minutes or until bright green. Stir in the rice and add your seasonings. You are almost done with your Creamy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole.
  4. Grab a small saucepan.In that small saucepan, heat butter and flour whisking constantly until combined.
  5. 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.
  6. Pour over chicken and broccoli mixture. Mix well. This is going to help create that creamy chicken casserole we are all hoping to achieve.
  7. 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

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 707mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g

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