Whatcha Makin' Now?: Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

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In high school I worked at the most wonderful grocery store, Wahoo Super.  Ya, it’s in Wahoo, Nebraska where I grew up.  (I’ll pause while you say ‘Waaa-Hoooo’ a few time.) Our deli was a popular place!  It made the best fried chicken and fried gizzards.  Along with the chicken they would feature a few other main dishes each day for lunch.  My favorite was the Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole.  It was even served at my High School graduation...don’t laugh.  It was that good.    

Every time I make this dish it takes me back to my Wahoo Super days.  Man, we had a good time.  I worked with all my high school friends so it was actually fun to go to work.  We watched the office door and when the bosses were away we got our goofy on but would scurry like mice when that office door opened.  We really did work hard, but always managed to fit in some fun.  We tried to see how loud we could get on the inter-com, crossed out barcodes so us checkers would have to manually enter the UPC’s, and of course lock each other in the freezer (only for a minute).  Just some good ol’ shenanigans.

Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

4 servings of cooked rice (usually 2 cups uncooked rice, depending on the brand)
1 lb chicken breast, cooked and cubed
16 oz frozen broccoli florets
2, 10.25 oz cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 ½ cups shredded cheese
½ cup milk, if mixture is too dry
10-15 crushed crackers (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook rice and broccoli according to package instructions.  Combine chicken, cooked rice, cooked broccoli, canned soup, and ½ cup cheese in large bowl.  Stir to combine.  If the mixture looks dry, you can add ½ cup milk. 

Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.  Top with remaining cheese and crushed crackers.  Bake for  20-30 minutes until cheese is melted.  

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  1. This sounds perfect for dinner tonight, just ran and got some chicken out of the freezer! Pinned.

  2. Just wanted you to know, I did make this for dinner last night and everyone loved it. Very rare in this house. My son even ate some of the leftovers for breakfast. (teenage boy, go figure) I did add salt and pepper to taste when combining the ingredients, and I would recommend for a smaller family, halving the recipe. As a family of 5 we had half a pan leftover. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Hugs!

  3. This looks delicious! My Mother-in-law asked me to make her a casserole, and I found yours on Pinterest! Can't wait to try it!

    1. Thank, Mindy! It's a yummy dish. You'll have to report back on how it goes. :)

  4. Made this with panko breadcrumbs as I did not have any crackers on hand. Delicious! Very similar to something my dad used to make growing up, but I have to admit mixing the ingredients and having a crunch on top makes it even better!


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