Saucy Broccoli Chicken Bake

Saucy Broccoli Chicken Bake

A casserole of tender broccoli with chunks of chicken, topped with a flavorful sauce and cheese, served over rice

Yield: 

8 servings

Ingredients: 

16 ounces frozen broccoli florets (or about 3 cups fresh broccoli florets)
3 cups cooked cubed chicken
pepper
2 cans cream of chicken soup*
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 cup chicken broth
paprika, optional
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups rice (uncooked measurement), cooked according to package instructions (should make 4 1/5 cups of cooked rice)

Instructions: 

1. In covered saucepan, cook broccoli in water just until tender, about 5 minutes.

2. In greased 9 x 13 baking dish, spread broccoli across bottom and sprinkle chicken evenly on top. Generously sprinkle black pepper over chicken.

3. In mixing bowl, combine cream soups, mayonnaise, curry powder, and chicken broth, whisking until smooth. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle paprika on top if desired.

4. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Spread cheese on top and bake 5-10 minutes longer, until melted and slightly browned.

5. While casserole is baking, cook rice. Serve the chicken and broccoli mixture over hot rice.

Saucy Chicken and Broccoli Bake
Saucy Chicken Broccoli Bake
(shown with Italian Cheese Bread)
 

Saucy chicken broccoli bake 

Additional Notes: 

*I use homemade cream of chicken soup. I estimate that 2 cans of soup equals about 3 cups of my homemade cream soup.

Saucy Broccoli Chicken Bake
Saucy Broccoli Chicken Bake, served with Asparagus and Onions

This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!

Preparation Time: 

15-20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

20-30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is an easy casserole recipe, and a great way to eat chicken and broccoli! I always use my homemade cream of chicken soup, and it turns out wonderfully. The curry powder lends a unique taste and a lovely yellow color. The broccoli blends with the sauce and cheese for a great all-in-one meal!

This recipe originally didn't call for rice, but at the recommendation of several reviewers, we tried it over rice and liked it even better that way!! This is now one of our favorites!! :)

My rating: 10/10.

Comments

Please see the recipe above for my complete review! Thanks! ~Tammy

Rating: 
5

I tend to get into my cooking and pay little attention to the recipe sitting nicely on the counter. In this recipe I added 1 cup of chicken broth instead of 1/2. We ended up with a yummy-licious chunky chicken & broccoli stew! Next time I will make it the right way though.

Rating: 
5

Excellent served over rice, this is a filling and colorful meal. Quick and easy to make. Will make again soon!

Rating: 
5

I liked it, but curry is not my favorite spice... However, my husband loved it and said it was a nice change of flavors. That made me smile:)

Rating: 
4

I made this the other night. I will admit I was a little anxious about how it would taste and I got a very wierd look from my father when he saw me adding mayonaise to the sauce. LOL But, it was delicious. It was so good we were scrambling to get seconds. My husband really loved it. I think I will have to make this on a regular basis!

Rating: 
5

hubby not so much:( I have to make something REALLY yummy to get the family to eat broccoli. I thought this might be fun to try! I put it over some rice and that was fantastic. I thought it was great and my boys had seconds. Hubby said it was good but he was not all that excited about it. If I have broccoli in my co-op this is going to be a make again. I was really hoping hubby would rave because I thought it was that good! If the boys will eat broccoli you know you found you a keeper! Thanks
Shorty

Rating: 
5

I made this last night using the homemade Cream of Chicken as well. My family loved it!! All three kids and Hubby said that this is a keeper!--Thanks

Rating: 
5

Out of 7 of us, we all loved it.Not many meals get this. Ours was more creamy. We used a homemade cream of chicken recipe off line made with Better than Boullion. Loved it!!

Rating: 
5

I served this over rice, and it offered a tasty difference from our normal broccoli, cheese and rice casserole.

Rating: 
4

I have tried a similar recipe before and my husband wasn't that keen on it (mind you, I didn't serve it with rice as you suggested here). But this recipe served with reice, he really liked - in fact we are having it again this week :-) I really loved it - the sauciness and the
cheese topping with the rice was just lovely.
Our 2 children weren't that keen, which is nothing unusual but did eat it quite well, which impressed me.
Definitely a "keeper"!

Rating: 
5

I made this meal tonight on a whim, and had all the ingredients on hand. I substituted plain yogurt for the mayonnaise and it was very yummy. I would definitely make this again for my family. The homemade cream of chicken, is so much tastier.

Rating: 
5

I was looking for a recipe for Broccoli Rice Casserole, and found this...it was perfect and I will definitely make again.

Rating: 
5

Seriously, we ate this all the time and it's still a family favourite. It's easy, tastes so good and creamy and the hint of curry makes it extra special. Kids love it.

Rating: 
5

Very filling and delicious!

Rating: 
5

This was sooooo good I actually created an account just so I could tell you. I've tried other chicken-broccoli-rice dishes before and this surpassed them all! AWESOME! The only reason I'm not going back for seconds is because I want to save some for leftovers tomorrow night.

Rating: 
5

I have been making this for about a year now and we love it with Cream of Mushroom soup and sauteed mushrooms and onion in addition to the broccoli.

Rating: 
5

This casserole was a hit with my family; it was very filling and we liked the hint of curry. Next time, however, I will cook the broccoli only until it is not-quite-tender before putting it in the casserole, as it came out too mushy when the casserole was done baking. Other than that, it was excellent!

Rating: 
5

This was so good! I love how creamy it was, we had this over rice! YUMMY!! Thank you for another great recipe!

Rating: 
5

I liked this, but my family and I aren't quite sold on it. It was great with the rice, and the curry added an interesting flavor. I'll definitely try it again!

Rating: 
4

I make a half recipe and I always make mine with mushroom soup and top it with cubed up bun (hot dog or hamburger) when I add the cheese so it gets toasted.

Rating: 
5

As a frozen meal is it supposed to be thawed before baking and adding the rice? The freezing directions aren't obvious if they are included here.

Note from Tammy: I do thaw this before baking. I usually put the dish in the fridge a couple days ahead so it slowly thaws. Then bake as directed.

Another option, however, would be to skip thawing it and bake at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. I would do at 300 degrees, probably for ~90 minutes (covered) or until hot throughout.

Rating: 
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