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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

 


This hearty casserole has it all, and no canned soup! With tender bites of chicken in a creamy, cheesy sauce, flavorful rice and crisp tender broccoli all topped off with a well seasoned, crunchy topping. The perfect casserole for the whole family.

How to make a broccoli casserole with chicken and rice:

Our broccoli and cheese casserole is cooked in two basic steps. Everything is prepped on the stove-top then the casserole is finished in the oven.


This casserole starts with 3 cups cooked, diced chicken.

You can use rotisserie, sautéed, grilled or poached chicken for this recipe. For this casserole we usually poach three chicken breasts in chicken broth seasoned with fresh thyme and plenty of black pepper. Poached chicken be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until needed.


There’s no need to pre-cook fresh broccoli for this chicken and rice casserole.

To prep the broccoli, cut the florets into 1-inch size pieces. Place the broccoli in a colander and pour a kettle of boiling water over the top. This easy method starts the cooking process and takes the edge off the raw broccoli.


Inspired By: fedandfit.com


This cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is the EASIEST meal you'll make all week and is sure to become a new family favorite! Made with rotisserie chicken, this time-saving recipe is perfect for weeknights and is a hit with kids and adults alike!


Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 cups cooked rice

2 cups of diced rotisserie chicken or any other cooked chicken}

1/2-3/4 cup crushed corn flakes

2 tbsp butter melted

2 cups broccoli florets broken down into bite-sized pieces

1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup can use low-sodium or Healthy Request


Instructions

One, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients into a greased 9x13 baking dish. I use a 9x13 because we like extra room for our corn flakes {more crunch!} but this recipe will fit into an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.

Two, Mix up all the ingredients except corn flakes and butter right in the baking dish.

Three, Sprinkle the crushed corn flakes over the top of the casserole.

Four, Drizzle melted butter over the top.

Five, Bake for 30-35 minutes or until casserole is heated through.

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