A Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole is a delicious and comforting dish that’s relatively easy to prepare. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make it:
For the casserole:
- 2 cups cooked chicken (you can use rotisserie chicken or cook and shred chicken breasts/thighs)
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 2 cups broccoli florets (steamed or blanched until tender)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional, for garnish)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Prepare the Chicken: If you haven’t already, cook and shred your chicken. Season it with a pinch of salt and pepper for added flavor.
- Cook the Rice: Prepare the white rice according to the package instructions, and set it aside.
- Steam the Broccoli: Steam or blanch the broccoli florets until they are tender but still vibrant green. This should take about 3-4 minutes. Once done, drain them and set them aside.
- Make the Casserole Mixture: In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until it’s well combined.
- Assemble the Casserole: In a large casserole dish, layer half of the cooked rice, followed by half of the cooked chicken, half of the steamed broccoli, and half of the shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
- Pour the Mixture: Pour the mayonnaise-sour cream mixture evenly over the layered ingredients in the casserole dish. Make sure it covers everything.
- Add More Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese on top of the casserole. You can also sprinkle some paprika on top for color and flavor if you like.
- Bake the Casserole: Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve: Once the casserole is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve warm and enjoy your delicious Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole!
This casserole is a complete meal in itself, but you can also serve it with a side salad or some crusty bread if you like. Enjoy!