Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is filled with juicy chicken, tender broccoli, rice and a perfectly seasoned homemade creamy sauce. This is the ultimate meal to end a busy day, and you’ll want to try it tonight!

There’s something comforting about this Chicken Broccoli Casserole. We grew up with this kind of food and it is really special to make this dish at home for our family! We just love the delicious aromas wafting in the kitchen as they bake in the oven. Plus, it takes less than an hour to assemble. It’s full of hearty, simple, and easy-to-find ingredients, most of which you probably already have at home. There are so many different directions you can take casseroles, and today we’re looking at a light protein, some veggies, and of course cheese! Even the pickiest eaters will go crazy over this creamy, chicken, rice, and broccoli combo. It’s also a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. It’s a meal the whole family will love, and as a bonus, this one-pot meal means you can avoid a pile of dirty dishes. Win-win!

Rice selection:

We like to give our chicken and broccoli casserole an extra tang by adding some rice. We typically opt for long grain white rice, but you can also use as you like:

  • brown or whole grain rice
  • Quinoa

Cheese Options:

We love adding cheese to this easy chicken and broccoli casserole. Use it with cream for that ooey gooey effect we can’t get enough of! We use Colby Jack, but you can also use:

  • cheddar cheese
  • monterey jack
  • Pepper Jack (adds a little spice)

Vegetable plugin:

If you want the dish to be a little heavy on the vegetables, you can add a few extras:

Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Frozen vs. Fresh Broccoli:

We always prefer to use fresh veggies, but if you have frozen veggies on hand, feel free to use them. Note that you may need to let it cook a bit longer. When ready, the broccoli will be tender and warm. We recommend you test it so you know if it’s done!

Troubleshooting: My Sauce Is Too Thick

If the heat is a bit too hot, or your dish may be wide and evaporates too much, add a little more broth, 1/4 cup at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.

Serving suggestions for Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole:

Trust us – this meal is truly filling when served on its own. That said, if you want to create a real feast, you can round it out by serving it with:

Chicken broccoli casserole on a plate.

Freezing Instructions:

Let your finished casserole cook and cool completely. Transfer to a freezer safe container – we like to use a baking sheet made of aluminum foil for easy reheating. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. To reheat, add a little more cheese on top of the chicken and broccoli casserole, cover with foil, and bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes, until heated through.

Reheating and Storage Instructions:

Do you love leftovers as much as we do? You can store any extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to eat, reheat leftovers in the microwave in 30-second increments until heated through.

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An overhead view of a pot full of Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is filled with juicy chicken, tender broccoli, rice and a perfectly seasoned homemade creamy sauce. This is the ultimate meal to end a busy day, and you’ll want to try it tonight!

Preparation time 25 minute

cooking time 35 minute

total time 1 Hour

raw material

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pound chicken cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 big head broccoli Cut into florets, about 3-4 cups
  • 2 cup shredded cheese Divided into


  • Heat the olive oil and butter in an oven-safe heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat.

  • Add the diced raw chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 5 minutes, until browned on the outside.

  • Add the onion and garlic and saute with the chicken until the onion is translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

  • Add rice and fry for 2-3 minutes. After the rice is toasted, add the flour and fry for a minute.

  • Slowly pour in the milk, while whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens. Pour in broth, thyme, and oregano. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until rice is almost cooked, about 15-20 minutes.

  • Add broccoli and toss gently. Cover again and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and place under broiler for a few minutes for extra browning (optional, but recommended).

Calories: 879kcal | carbohydrate: 55G | protein: 54G | fat: 49G | Saturated fat: 18G | Polyunsaturated fats: 7G | Monounsaturated fats: 19G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 193mg | sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 956mg | fiber: 4G | sugar: 8G | Vitamin A: 1412unit | Vitamin C: 96mg | calcium: 393mg | iron: 4mg

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole