Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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This Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a creamy, cheesy, yummy home-cooked dinner! Whether you use rice or quinoa, you have a filling, simple meal option. 

Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole in a white pan.
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  1. Chicken Broccoli Casserole Ingredients
  2. How to Make Broccoli and Chicken Casserole
  3. Tips and Substitutions for the Best Casserole
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Storing and Reheating Chicken Broccoli Casserole
  6. More Meals to Try
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This chicken broccoli casserole is a recipe you will want to have on rotation! It is delicious, family-friendly, and so simple to make. It is filled with a creamy and savory flavor that everyone loves. Take your chicken to the next level with this delicious casserole recipe!

Homemade casserole dishes are the perfect comfort food to come home to! It is a simple combination of adding all the ingredients together and baking. Family dinner just got made quick and easy with an amazing flavored dinner!

Chicken Broccoli Casserole Ingredients

Chicken and broccoli casserole is the perfect combination! This savory dinner is a complete meal with chicken as a main ingredient, broccoli, and rice as the side dishes. Most of these ingredients you already have on hand in the pantry or refrigerator. Make this dinner more than once a month for a delicious rotation!

  • Cream of chicken soup – Make a homemade-style cream of chicken soup or buy the canned version at the store. Either way, they both give so much flavor and that creamy texture to the dish.
  • Sour cream – Also adds a creamy base with a sweet and tangy flavor to the cream sauce.
  • Mayonnaise – This may sound different but it is a MUST for this casserole dish. So tasty and adds flavor to the broccoli.
  • Lemon juice – Balance out the cream bases and gives a hint of sweetness to the dish as well as keeps the broccoli and chicken looking and tasting fresh.
  • Milk – Creamy liquid that will help cook the chicken and make it tender and moist.
  • Cooked rice or quinoa – Prepare the rice or quinoa according to the package directions. This will already be cooked prior to adding it to the casserole. Rice or quinoa both work well for this dish. Feel free to do it the original way with white or brown rice if you don’t prefer quinoa.
  • Chicken – Make your chicken breast ahead of time, then shred the chicken or for a quicker way buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it.
  • Broccoli florets – Your broccoli will need to be cut either big or small depending on your family’s preference.
  • Cheddar cheese – Shredded cheese will be sprinkled over the top of the chicken and broccoli ingredients.

How to Make Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

Combine the ingredients together and place in a casserole dish to make the very best chicken and broccoli casserole. First mix the creamy mixture, make the rice or quinoa, then bake it all together. Lastly, top with cheese and melt a little longer. This cheesy chicken broccoli dish is simple to make and has loads of flavor in each bite!

  1. Mix together – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine cream of chicken, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, milk, and salt and pepper.
  2. Combine – Gently stir in quinoa, chicken, and broccoli.
  3. Cover and bake – When evenly covered in sauce, spoon the mixture into a 9×13 glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. Melt cheese – Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese, and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Tips and Substitutions for the Best Casserole

Try these added tips and any modifications to help make this chicken broccoli casserole recipe just how you like it! Make this family dinner with these ideas in mind and have a few different ways of enjoying this broccoli rice casserole.

  • Substitute – Use cream of mushroom soup for a different flavor.
  • Lighter ingredient – Try chicken broth instead of milk for a lighter casserole. It will still give. The flavor as well as keeps the chicken tender and moist.
  • Creamy sauce – This tastes great if you do 1 cup of Greek yogurt instead of ½ cup of mayo and sour cream.
  • Vegetables – Add in your favorite vegetables like fresh green beans, chopped onions, or cut-up carrots.
  • Rice – Use either white rice, long-grain rice, or brown rice.
  • Seasonings – For more flavor add a tablespoon of basil and/or garlic.
  • Cheese choices – Switch to a more flavored cheese like sharp cheddar cheese or add half jalapeno shredded cheese and cheddar cheese for a hint of spice.
  • Topping – Once the cheese has melted add a layer of crushed ritz crackers with melted butter to the top and bake a few more minutes to give more texture and depth to the casserole dish.

“This is pure comfort food. I was looking for something to make that would use up some cooked chicken and broccoli and came upon this recipe. It was a quick dinner to put together and my husband loved it. The only change I made was to increase the rice to four cups. Yummy!”

-Lori

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of rice and quinoa?

Rice and quinoa have close to similar textures and flavors. The nutritional value of quinoa is higher but the rice still has great benefits as well. Quinoa is a complete protein and high in fiber and high in minerals. Brown rice has a high fiber content and may help to reduce blood pressure. Both have great benefits!

Can I substitute fresh broccoli for frozen in a casserole?

You can substitute fresh broccoli for frozen but I do not recommend it. Fresh broccoli will take a bit longer to cook but it is firm and has more flavor whereas frozen broccoli will be on the softer side.

How do you know when chicken broccoli casserole is done?

Even though a lot of the ingredients are already precooked or already cooked it is still important to heat the casserole thoroughly. Use an internal thermometer to heat up to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Storing and Reheating Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This is an easy dish to store in the refrigerator. Simply cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for four to five days long. When ready to reheat, place back in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until warmed up. If using a microwave, cook in 45 second intervals or until it is warmed through.

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Chicken broccoli casserole in a white casserole dish

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

5 from 5 votes
This Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a creamy, cheesy, yummy, comfort-food, home cooked dinner!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine cream of chicken, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, milk, and salt & pepper.
  • Gently stir in quinoa, chicken, and broccoli.
  • When evenly covered in sauce, spoon the mixture into a 9×13 glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese, and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Notes

How to Store and Reheat Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This is an easy dish to store in the refrigerator. Simply cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for four to five days long. When ready to reheat, place back in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until warmed up. If using a microwave, cook in 45-second intervals or until it is warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 464kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 30gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 564mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 810IUVitamin C: 37.2mgCalcium: 357mgIron: 2.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I try a new recipe every week and this is the 1st one my husband said to put into the repeat list. I baked the chicken while getting everything else ready then cubed it. Followed the recipe and added 1 TBSP minced garlic and medium onion, chopped. Used my favorite Goya total seasoning liberally. At the end I only had a bit of cheddar cheese so substituted Monterey Jack. Next time I will try Pepper Jack and brown rice.

  2. Can the lemon juice be omitted? I am out of lemons and wanted to make this tonight without running to the store.

  3. 5 stars
    This is pure comfort food. I was looking for something to make that would use up some cooked chicken and broccoli and came upon this recipe. It was a quick dinner to put together and my husband loved it. The only change I made was to increase the rice to four cups. Yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    Making this right now for dinner. Doing a few things different. Cooked quinoa in chicken broth (1.5 C quinoa to 3 C broth), omitted chicken because we are on a tight budget and I can’t find chicken cheaper than $8 around these parts. Used cream of potato soup instead of cream of chicken because I find cream of chicken soup nauseating. Tasted the broccoli and quinoa mixture before baking, and it tastes good. Can’t wait to try the finished product! Thanks for this recipe.

  5. We are trying not to used processed food. What could I substitute for the canned cream of chicken soup?

    1. If you do a google search for Cream of Chicken soup substitutes you will get a lot of options. We don’t have one available on our site yet as we are still trying to figure out the perfect recipe for it! We will let you know as soon as we come up with one! 🙂

  6. Doesn’t the quinoa need to be rinsed really good? I even rinsed it really well and it still tasted bitter. What am I doing wrong?

  7. 5 stars
    Hey, this sounds amazing. When you say 3 cups of cooked quinoa do you mean 3 cups of quinoa and then cook it ?or is the 3 cups once it has already been cooked? If so, how many cups uncooked is that?

  8. Can this somehow be made in the crockpot? Maybe just the chicken, broccoli and sauce – and then add the cooked quinoa later? We’re trying to avoid using the oven with the hot weather recently. Or is there maybe a way to cook it on the stove top?

    1. I guess you could try it in the crock pot.. haven’t tried either method before. Let us know how it turns out!

  9. Do you think this can be prepared and frozen before cooking it? I’m 8 months pregnant with #3 and trying to prepare dishes now so we have homemade meals when the baby arrives.

  10. Do you think I could substitute cauliflower florets for the broccoli? I love broccoli but my dad isn’t a big fan, but I wanted to try this soo badly and was thinking of a way I could without the broccoli. And we all love caiflower.. But I’m not sure how to do that or if it will work? If so would the cooking time and all change? Thanks!! (:

    1. Um… Sure! You can absolutely try it with cauliflower. If you steam or boil it like the broccoli it shouldn’t change the baking time at all. Let me know how it turns out! You could also do half of each..