Getting dinner on the table can be one of the most stressful times of day. If you are like us and have small children and work at home the day can be mostly over before you know it! That’s where a yummy recipe like this easy cheesy broccoli chicken casserole is a great find. Cooking your own meals from scratch will save you tons of money by not going through the drive-thru or ordering take-out!
This chicken casserole is super easy and quick but nutritious. Both Princess and Eldest could make this with very little instruction. The hardest part of this recipe is cooking the rice!
Ingredients for Easy Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole:
1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice
1 bag of frozen broccoli approx 12-16 oz.
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of colby jack cheese
2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken
Begin by cooking your chicken if it isn’t leftover from another meal. You can also buy pre-cooked or grilled chicken strips from the grocery store to save time. You can also throw in some frozen chicken into the crockpot.
Start your rice with 3 cups of water and some salt. Once it begins to boil cover slightly and turn down to simmer. The brand we use is done in 15 minutes but many take 20 minutes.
Steam your bag of broccoli in the microwave or you could cook with the chicken during the last 3 minutes or so.
Once your chicken is cooled down shred it into a 9×13 casserole dish.
Add your broccoli.
Add your shredded cheese if you want it melted through or if you plan to cook your casserole in the oven then wait to add on top later.
Stir in your rice, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, and 2/3 to 3/4 cups of water.
Since my rice was steaming hot and my broccoli was steamed in the microwave I just stirred everything up and served it. If you’d prefer a hot bubbly casserole then you could add the frozen broccoli and skip the extra water. I would heat the casserole covered with foil for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees or until the broccoli is cooked to your desired tenderness. Then you can sprinkle cheese on top right before you serve.