Chicken & Rice Casserole

A few years ago, I remember teasing my friend Amy about the fact that I saw that she had pinned multiple versions of a chicken, broccoli & rice casserole on Pinterest. She said that she was just trying to find the “right” one. For me, there is no “right” one, because I don’t really like broccoli. I know, even preschoolers like broccoli, and to be fair, I do eat it… I just don’t look forward to it. But I’m clearly in the minority, even in my household. This Chicken & Rice Casserole is perfect because it’s not too focused on the little trees. 

Chicken & Rice Casserole

This is a great way to use up some leftovers, and works great with leftover chicken or cheat like I usually do and get a rotisserie chicken on your way home. It’s my go to when I have some leftover rice from Chinese take out or another meal. 

I cook this in a 3 qt dutch over, but any oven proof pot or skillet would work. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 1

Add olive oil to the pan to heat. Then add 3 chopped green onions and garlic. Allow to cook for about 3 minutes or until the onions soften. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 2

Add broccoli and tomatoes to the pan with salt and pepper. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 3

Add the chicken. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 4

Then add the cooked rice. Mix in sour cream and half & half. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 5

 

Add the cheese and stir it all up. Bake this at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Remember, everything is cooked – we are just melting cheese and incorporating ingredients. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 6

Top with the remaining cheese and green onion. Put under the broiler for about 3 minutes or until bubbly and browned. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 7

This is also great with bell peppers and mushrooms! 

 

Chicken & Rice Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 4 green onions, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  5. 8 grape tomatoes, quartered
  6. 2 cups chopped or shredded chicken
  7. 2 cups cooked rice
  8. 1/4 cup sour cream
  9. 2 tbsp half and half
  10. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  11. 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  12. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In oven proof skillet or pot, heat olive oil. Add 3/4 of the green onions and garlic. Cook until softened.
  3. Add broccoli, tomatoes, salt & pepper, chicken, and rice.
  4. Mix in the sour cream, half & half, and 1/2 of the cheeses.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn the broiler on.
  7. Top with remaining cheese and green onion. Put under the broiler for 3 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and brown.
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11 thoughts on “Chicken & Rice Casserole

  1. I just love a great Chicken Rice Casserole and your recipe looks delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
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    Miz Helen

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