I’m a fan of casseroles. This cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole contains no canned cream of whatever soup which makes it a bit healthier than some. I don’t have anything against the occasional use of them but if I can use something homemade that’s what I’d rather do.
One of the reasons I’m such a fan of casseroles is the base of most of them is an inexpensive ingredient such as rice, potatoes, or pasta, then the best casseroles have tons of vegetables, and the more expensive ingredients like meats and cheese are used an accent.
This is a perfect recipe to use leftover roast chicken and I also used my yellow rice mix instead of plain white rice for extra flavor. This would also be fabulous with leftover turkey making it perfect for an after holiday dinner.
This cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole would be fabulous served with a green salad or some sautéed kale during the colder weather, sweet tea, and easy fudgy brownies for a fabulously frugal and tasty supper.
30 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 30 Total Time
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1 3/4 cups long grain white rice or 1 batch yellow rice mix
- 3 cups water
- 4 cups lightly steamed broccoli florets or 1 12 ounce bag frozen broccoli florets, thawed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bring the water to a boil in a pot with a tight fitting lid, add rice and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender and water is absorbed.
- Place the chicken, rice, broccoli, and onion in a large bowl
- Melt the butter in a sauce pan and whisk in the flour, cook for 1 to 2 minutes
- Whisk in the chicken stock and milk and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened
- Season to taste with salt and pepper
- Pour over the chicken, rice, and vegetables, Mix well, add the cheese and stir again.
- Pour in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish and bake for 30-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly
Here are some more casserole recipes:
- Southwestern Beef and Black Bean Bake
- Tater Tot Casserole
- Slow Cooker Pizza
- Smoked Sausage and Potato Casserole
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