Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole

Indulge in a dish that embodies the essence of comfort food with our Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole. This comforting cheesy chicken and broccoli bake is a wholesome meal that brings together tender chicken, fluffy rice, vibrant broccoli, and creamy cheeses for a taste sensation that will satisfy your cravings and warm your soul. Perfect for busy weeknights or leisurely family dinners, this recipe is a surefire crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 2 (10.1 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 pound processed cheese food


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the instant rice, cover the saucepan, and remove it from heat. Let the rice stand for 5 minutes.
  3. In the prepared baking dish, combine the cooked rice, chunk chicken, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, butter, milk, frozen broccoli, chopped onion, and processed cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 36 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly. Stir the casserole halfway through the cooking time to ensure even melting of the cheese.
  5. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 36 minutes
  • Total Time: 51 minutes
  • Calories: 420 kcal
  • Servings: 6 servings

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Portioning: When serving the Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole, use a spatula to scoop out generous portions onto individual plates, ensuring each serving has a balanced combination of chicken, rice, broccoli, and creamy sauce.
  2. Garnishing: Enhance the presentation of the casserole by garnishing with freshly chopped parsley or a sprinkle of paprika before serving. This adds a pop of color and a touch of freshness to the dish.
  3. Accompaniments: Pair the casserole with simple sides such as a crisp green salad, steamed vegetables, or crusty bread to complete the meal. The creamy texture of the casserole pairs well with lighter accompaniments that add contrast in flavor and texture.
  4. Leftovers: If you have leftovers, allow the casserole to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, you can warm individual portions in the microwave or reheat the entire casserole in the oven at 350°F until heated through.
  5. Freezing: This casserole is freezer-friendly, making it convenient for meal prep or batch cooking. Once cooled, divide the casserole into individual portions and store them in freezer-safe containers. Label the containers with the date and contents before placing them in the freezer. The casserole can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. To thaw, simply transfer the frozen portions to the refrigerator overnight and reheat as needed.
  6. Customization: Feel free to customize the casserole according to your preferences. You can add extra vegetables such as sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, or carrots for added nutrition and flavor. Additionally, you can experiment with different types of cheese or seasonings to tailor the dish to your taste preferences.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can enjoy the creamy goodness of Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole anytime and make the most out of your leftovers with minimal effort.


  1. Broccoli and Cauliflower Blend: Substitute half of the broccoli with cauliflower florets for a delicious twist on the classic casserole, adding extra texture and flavor.
  2. Turkey Twist: Swap the canned chunk chicken for shredded cooked turkey for a lighter alternative with a poultry flavor profile.
  3. Vegetarian Option: Omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of water for cooking the rice. Increase the amount of broccoli and add other vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and peas for a hearty vegetarian casserole.
  4. Brown Rice Swap: Use cooked brown rice instead of instant white rice for a nuttier and more nutritious variation of the casserole.
  5. Sharp Cheddar Upgrade: Substitute processed cheese food with sharp cheddar cheese for a richer and more intense cheesy flavor.
  6. Broccoli and Ham Duo: Incorporate diced cooked ham along with the broccoli for a delightful flavor combination that adds a smoky and savory dimension to the casserole.
  7. Spinach Addition: Mix in chopped spinach for a boost of green goodness and an extra dose of vitamins and minerals.
  8. Buffalo Chicken Twist: Toss the cooked chicken in buffalo sauce before adding it to the casserole mixture for a spicy and tangy kick.
  9. Tex-Mex Fusion: Add canned black beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and Mexican cheese blend for a southwestern-inspired version of the casserole.
  10. Mushroom Medley: Enhance the earthy flavor by incorporating a variety of mushrooms such as sliced button mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms.
  11. Broccoli and Bacon Infusion: Crumble cooked bacon and mix it into the casserole for a smoky and indulgent twist.
  12. Italian Influence: Replace the cream of mushroom soup with cream of celery soup, add Italian seasoning, and top the casserole with shredded mozzarella cheese for an Italian-inspired variation.
  13. Pesto Perfection: Stir in a dollop of basil pesto for a burst of herbaceous flavor that complements the creamy cheese sauce.
  14. Gluten-Free Adaptation: Use gluten-free condensed cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups, and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free certified to make the casserole suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  15. Cauliflower Rice Option: Replace the instant rice with cauliflower rice for a low-carb, keto-friendly version of the casserole.


  1. Can I use fresh chicken instead of canned chunk chicken? Yes, you can use cooked, shredded chicken breasts or thighs instead of canned chunk chicken. Simply cook the chicken until fully cooked and shred it before adding it to the casserole.
  2. What can I use instead of processed cheese food? You can substitute processed cheese food with shredded cheddar cheese or any other melting cheese of your choice for a richer flavor profile.
  3. Can I use fresh broccoli instead of frozen? Yes, you can use fresh broccoli florets instead of frozen. Simply blanch the broccoli briefly in boiling water before adding it to the casserole.
  4. How can I make this casserole healthier? To make the casserole healthier, you can use low-fat or skim milk, reduced-fat condensed soups, and less butter.
  5. Can I prepare this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight before baking. Just remember to increase the baking time slightly if the casserole is cold from the fridge.
  6. Can I freeze leftovers of this casserole? Yes, the casserole freezes well. Store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bags for up to 2-3 months.
  7. How can I make this casserole spicier? You can add additional spices like cayenne pepper, chili powder, or hot sauce to the casserole mixture to increase the heat level according to your preference.
  8. Can I use different types of cheese? Yes, you can experiment with different types of cheese such as Monterey Jack, Swiss, or Pepper Jack to customize the flavor of the casserole.

Embrace the heartwarming flavors of home with our Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole. Whether shared with loved ones or savored as a comforting solo meal, this creamy and delicious casserole is sure to become a beloved favorite in your recipe collection. Treat yourself to a taste of comfort and satisfaction with every spoonful of this irresistible dish.