Broccoli Rice Casserole contains broccoli, rice and chicken (optional) baked in a creamy cheese sauce. Serve as a side or main dish.
This family favorite is easy to make with simple ingredients. It is very popular with holiday meals.
EDITOR’S NOTE (December 10, 2020): Updated recipe. Use 3 cups of cooked/chopped chicken instead of two. Instructions updated. Sprinkle one cup of chicken over top before adding shredded cheddar cheese.
Serve as a side (without chicken) or main dish (with chicken). This delicious dish is baked in a hearty cream sauce.
Although I used fresh broccoli, frozen/thawed will also work.
I discovered the original recipe on Allrecipes. Added my own twists to create this hearty, savory and delicious dish.
Pairs well with a green salad and buttered dinner rolls.
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Broccoli Rice Casserole
- 1 stick unsalted butter Plus 1 tablespoon to grease baking dish.
- 1 large onion
- 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
- 2 cups broccoli Use frozen/thawed OR fresh broccoli cooked until fork tender.
- 3 cups cooked white rice or cooked wild rice
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of chicken soup
- 1-1/4 cup milk
- 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Mild, medium or sharp. I used medium.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Grease bottom and sides of a 9x9 baking dish with about 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Set aside.
- Melt 1 stick of butter in a medium-sized skillet over low-medium heat.
- Add chopped onions. Stir constantly until onions are translucent.
- Pour translucent onions and remaining melted butter in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add 2 cups of chopped chicken, broccoli, cooked rice (white or wild), salt and black pepper to taste.
- Add cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, milk and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until well combined.
- Pour mixture into buttered baking dish. Scatter remaining 1 cup of chopped chicken over the top. Cover with with remaining shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes OR until dish is bubbly and cheese is melted. This will take about 30 minutes. Time may vary based on oven type.
- Serve hot.