Easy broccoli chicken casserole

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Broccoli chicken casserole is an easy, delicious weeknight dinner and perfect for using up leftovers. The potato chip cheese topping takes it over the top.

This broccoli chicken casserole recipe is honestly weeknight dinner goals, to the max. Not only is it the perfect dish to use up all the leftovers, it’s so crazy delicious and takes no more than 20 minutes to throw together.

I make this casserole whenever I have cooked rice and chicken leftovers (and that happens quite often). As we are a family of broccoli-lovers, I always have a head or two in the fridge so broccoli becomes an easy addition. And then I go the old-school route of topping the creamy rice, chicken and broccoli casserole with cheese and potato chips for ALL of the cheesy crunch. It’s not a necessary addition but takes me right back to my mom’s retro casseroles and what’s not to love about that?

How to make broccoli chicken casserole

Steam broccoli for 5 minutes then combine with cooked rice and shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken is perfect here). Mix together chicken stock/broth, sour cream and seasoning then mix into the rice and chicken. Transfer to an oven-proof dish and top with grated cheese and crushed potato crisps then bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the top is golden brown and crisp.

Can I substitute the rice in this recipe?

Use cooked brown rice, quinoa or bulgur wheat instead of white rice.

Can chicken casserole be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers or the casserole before baking. Make the casserole, but don’t add the cheese and potato chip topping, then freeze in foil baking containers. Press a sheet of baking paper onto the surface then wrap well with plastic wrap. To re-heat, pop the casserole into a pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes then top with the cheese and potato chips and bake for another 20 minutes until the casserole is heated through and the potato chips are golden brown on top.

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4.75 from 4 votes
Easy Broccoli chicken casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Broccoli chicken casserole is an easy, delicious weeknight dinner and perfect for using up leftovers. The potato chip cheese topping takes it over the top.

Course: Easy Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli casserole, casserole, chicken casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 376 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 5 cups cooked rice
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 400g broccoli, steamed (approximately 14oz)
  • 1 cup sour cream/Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • potato chips roughly broken
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF.

  2. Steam or blanche the broccoli for 5 minutes then combine with the rice and chicken. 

  3. Mix together the sour cream/yogurt, chicken stock and seasoning. Pour into the rice mixture and mix well. Season to taste and transfer to an oven-proof dish. 

  4. Top with cheese and potato chips and place in the oven. 

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the potato chips are golden brown and crisp. 

  6. Remove from the oven and serve. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Broccoli chicken casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Potassium 383mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 73.5%
Calcium 36.6%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Lisa
    Reply

    Made this today and it was absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again.

  • Reply

    This is the type of casserole I just love for those busy weeknights. Ao hearty and delicious. I know my whole family would love this one Alida!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It’s perfect for those rushed days when you just don’t have the time or energy for something complicated.

  • Carin
    Reply

    Made this for dinner as I had leftover roast chicken from the weekend. Came together in minutes and my family loved it!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      That’s great to hear Carin! It’s a family fav over here.

  • Janna
    Reply

    Ok, so this does NOT take 20 minutes prep – if you read the directions, you need to have the rice already cooked (add that in), then the chicken has to be cooked and shredded (add that in too), and the the broccoli has to already be cut up – so when you add all of that up, this recipe probably takes an hour to prepare.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      If you’re cooking from scratch it will take around an hour but as I said in the blog post, this is the kind of recipe I make when I have lots of leftovers. You can also use rotisserie chicken and pre-cooked rice (which is readily available in many supermarkets).

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