Broccoli Chicken & Rice Casserole

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I’ll bet that if you live in the South (and probably most anywhere in the US), you’ve had something akin to the Broccoli, Chicken & Rice Casserole.  It’s just such a simple and tasty classic!  Naturally, anything with tons of melted cheese and covered in buttery crackers is going to garner a great deal of attention, and rightfully so!


We really loved this dish!  I really like that it’s a whole meal in itself, and it’s so filling!  Plus, with only a few ingredients, many of which you already have on hand, this is a great budget-friendly dish too.  Like any casserole, it’s simple to put together, only taking about 10 minutes to prepare and then 30ish minutes to cook.  Great for weeknights!

Broccoli Chicken & Rice Casserole

Yields: 6 servings

Broccoli Chicken & Rice Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. bag of frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 4 chicken tenderloins (or breasts, about 1 lb total)
  • 1 1/2 c grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 c rice
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter

Directions

  1. Cut chicken into cubes and cook them halfway in a skillet with salt and pepper and set aside. It's okay that they're still pink inside, they'll finish cooking in the oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, cream of chicken, 1 cup of cheese, rice, and milk. Then add chicken.
  4. Pour mixture into a sprayed casserole dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  5. Crush the Ritz crackers in a Ziploc bag. Mix together crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle on top of the casserole.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked and the casserole is bubbling.
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Source:  Table for Two

 

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