Busy weekday nights are the perfect time to whip up a quick and easy casserole. We have a few favorites around here, but I also love coming up with new recipes to try in order to incorporate all the ingredients we may have on hand. After surveying what we had on hand I decided on this tasty cheesy chicken, broccoli, & rice casserole would be just the thing.
Great for Using Up Leftovers
Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter
My family loves broccoli (and the fresh stuff we had was nearing the end of its life), and we all also love chicken, rice, and cheese, so using up our previous leftovers in this fun dish was simple and quick.
I love it when I can revive leftovers and give them a new life. I came up with this really easy recipe that everyone loved, and my son even asked for seconds!
If you don’t have these ingredients as leftovers, no worries — you can use fresh ingredients as well! Whip up a batch of rice quickly in a rice cooker. Our favorite is this one – we’ve had it for 11 years and going strong so it was totally worth the investment! Plus we use it almost daily to make oatmeal.
One Pot Wonder – Makes for Easy Cleanup!
I love how easily this cheesy chicken, broccoli, & rice casserole recipe comes together because my husband hates when I have to dirty a dozen dishes just to make a meal. With this one, I don’t even use a bowl! I just add all the ingredients to a 2-quart dish and mix it right up.
You could probably use a smaller dish, but I wouldn’t recommend it as the mixing might get messy, plus the topping works great when it is spread out over more area.
The first time I made this recipe we used cereal broken into little bits for a crumb topping (topped with a drizzle of butter before baking). This adds a little sweet punch to this savory dish. We have made it again using french onions instead and I think I prefer it with the onions, but you can use any simple crumb topping that suits your tastes, or none at all.
Ready to try it for yourself?
- 3 chicken breasts, cooked & diced
- 1 cup rice
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 can cream of chicken
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups broccoli, diced
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth
- Extra cheddar cheese for topping
- Heat oven to 375°F
- In a casserole dish, combine rice, pepper, onion powder, cream of chicken, cheese, broccoli, and chicken stock, and diced chicken. Mix until everything is combined.
- Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
- Take off cover and top with more cheese. Bake uncovered for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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