Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Indulge in the hearty goodness of our Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, a perfect blend of tender chicken, wholesome rice, nutritious broccoli, and creamy cheese sauce. This casserole is destined to become a family favorite with its rich flavors and easy preparation, making it ideal for busy weeknights or whenever you’re in need of a comforting meal.


  • 2 chicken breasts, halved and diced
  • 4 cups cooked rice (2 cups raw)
  • 2 cans (10.5 oz each) cream of chicken soup
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli (2 cups)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Cook the Rice: Prepare the rice according to the package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Chicken: In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced chicken in an even layer. Season with salt and pepper, then cook the chicken until it is no longer pink on the inside and has started to take on a bit of color. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Casserole Mixture: In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, frozen broccoli, milk, and eggs. Mix everything until thoroughly combined.
  4. Assemble the Casserole: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the casserole mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  5. Add the Cheese: Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the casserole mixture.
  6. Bake: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve: Once baked, remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Slice into portions and serve hot.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Servings: 6

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serving Suggestions:
    • Serve the casserole hot, directly from the oven.
    • Pair with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
    • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or chives for added flavor and color.
  2. Storage Guidelines:
    • Refrigeration: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
    • Freezing: You can freeze the casserole for up to 2 months. Wrap individual portions tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container.
    • Reheating: Reheat leftovers in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Variations :

  1. Mexican Style: Add black beans, corn, and a packet of taco seasoning to the mixture. Top with pepper jack cheese and serve with salsa and sour cream.
  2. Buffalo Chicken: Mix in 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce and use blue cheese or ranch dressing in place of some of the milk. Top with crumbled blue cheese and serve with celery sticks.
  3. Mediterranean: Incorporate sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and feta cheese into the casserole. Add a sprinkle of oregano and lemon zest for added flavor.
  4. Asian-Inspired: Replace the cheddar cheese with a mix of soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Add in snap peas, water chestnuts, and sesame seeds. Use jasmine or basmati rice for a more authentic taste.
  5. Italian Twist: Stir in marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, and replace the cheddar with mozzarella cheese. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan on top before baking.
  6. BBQ Chicken: Use shredded BBQ chicken in place of diced chicken. Add a layer of BBQ sauce and top with cheddar or a mix of cheddar and mozzarella.
  7. Spinach Artichoke: Mix in a can of artichoke hearts (drained and chopped) and a cup of fresh spinach leaves. Replace some of the cheddar with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Ham and Cheese: Substitute the chicken with diced ham. Use a blend of Swiss and cheddar cheese for a classic ham and cheese flavor.
  9. Garlic Parmesan: Add a generous amount of minced garlic and use a mix of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Top with Italian breadcrumbs for a crunchy finish.
  10. Cajun Style: Incorporate diced andouille sausage and Cajun seasoning into the mixture. Top with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.
  11. Ranch Chicken: Mix in a packet of ranch seasoning to the casserole mixture. Top with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.
  12. Pesto Chicken: Stir in 1/2 cup of prepared pesto sauce into the mixture. Replace some of the cheddar with mozzarella cheese and add cherry tomatoes for a burst of flavor.
  13. Southwestern: Add diced tomatoes, green chilies, and a can of drained black beans. Top with a mix of cheddar and pepper jack cheese.
  14. Bacon Ranch: Incorporate cooked, crumbled bacon and a packet of ranch seasoning into the casserole. Top with cheddar cheese and extra bacon bits.
  15. Tuna Broccoli: Substitute the chicken with two cans of drained tuna. Mix in frozen peas and top with cheddar cheese.
  16. Curry Chicken: Add 1-2 tablespoons of curry powder to the mixture. Use basmati rice for a more authentic flavor and top with a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  17. Creamy Mushroom: Sauté sliced mushrooms and add them to the mixture. Replace one can of cream of chicken soup with cream of mushroom soup and use Swiss cheese on top.
  18. Greek Style: Mix in kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and a handful of chopped spinach. Add a squeeze of lemon juice for extra freshness.
  19. Zesty Lemon: Stir in the zest of one lemon and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Top with a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  20. Stuffing Topping: Prepare a box of stuffing mix according to package instructions. Spread it over the top of the casserole before baking for a crunchy and flavorful topping.

FAQs :

  1. Can I use fresh broccoli instead of frozen? Yes, you can use fresh broccoli. Steam or blanch it briefly before adding to the casserole to ensure it cooks properly.
  2. Can I use a different type of cheese? Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite cheese or a blend of cheeses for a unique flavor.
  3. How can I make this casserole gluten-free? Use gluten-free cream of chicken soup and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.
  4. Can I make this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking.
  5. What can I use instead of cream of chicken soup? You can make a homemade version using chicken broth, milk, and a roux (butter and flour mixture), or use cream of mushroom soup as a substitute.
  6. How do I prevent the casserole from becoming too dry? Ensure there is enough liquid (soup and milk) in the mixture and cover with foil during baking to retain moisture.
  7. Can I add other vegetables to the casserole? Yes, you can add a variety of vegetables such as carrots, peas, or bell peppers.
  8. How do I reheat leftovers without drying them out? Reheat leftovers in the oven covered with foil or in the microwave with a damp paper towel over the top to retain moisture.
  9. Is it possible to use leftover cooked chicken? Yes, leftover cooked chicken can be used. Just make sure it’s diced or shredded and mixed well with the other ingredients.
  10. What side dishes go well with this casserole? Serve with a fresh green salad, garlic bread, or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

This Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Its blend of tender chicken, creamy sauce, and wholesome ingredients makes it a hit with the whole family. With versatile variations and easy preparation, it’s a go-to dish for busy weeknights and gatherings alike. Enjoy the rich, satisfying flavors and make this casserole a staple in your home!