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Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

This simple, flavorful, and easy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole is an old-fashioned classic!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole, chicken broccoli and rice casserole, chicken casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 people
Calories 429kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, not diluted
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • ¾ cup 2% or whole milk
  • 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups cooked, diced chicken
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 15 Ritz crackers (about half of a sleeve), lightly crushed

Instructions

  • Cook the broccoli for about 2 minutes in boiling water, just until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish; set aside.
  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Reduce the heat to a very low flame. Stir in soup, mayonnaise, paprika, dry mustard, nutmeg, 1 cup of the cheese, and milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add cooked rice, chicken, and broccoli; stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining ½ cup of cheese and crushed crackers.
  • Bake, uncovered, for about 25 minutes, or until the filling is hot and bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the casserole | Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 2mg