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Easy Chicken and Rice Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Rice Broccoli Casserole

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Our Classic Chicken and Broccoli Casserole is the epitome of comfort food and an ideal choice for stress-free weeknight family dinners. This timeless family favorite delivers a perfect blend of tender chicken, fresh broccoli, and a rich, creamy sauce, making it a great dinner recipe for several reasons:

  1. Nutrient-packed: Chicken and broccoli are both nutritious ingredients, providing essential vitamins, minerals, and protein that your family needs for a balanced meal.

  2. Kid-friendly: Even the pickiest eaters tend to love this casserole because the creamy sauce and familiar flavors make it a crowd-pleaser among children.

  3. Quick and easy: This recipe is simple to prepare, and you can make it ahead of time, saving you valuable family time in the evening.

  4. Versatile: You can customize the casserole with additional ingredients like cheese, breadcrumbs, or even rice, making it adaptable to your family's tastes.

  5. Leftovers: This casserole reheats well, so you can enjoy it as a delicious and convenient leftover meal for the next day's lunch or dinner.

  6. Warm and comforting: The rich, creamy sauce combined with tender chicken and broccoli provides a warm and comforting meal that brings a taste of home-cooked goodness to your dinner table.

Whether you're looking for a convenient weeknight dinner or a comforting meal to share with your family, our Classic Chicken and Broccoli Casserole is the perfect choice. It's a timeless classic that will leave everyone at the table satisfied and content.

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Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add a bit of oil and sauté the minced garlic until fragrant.

  2. Add the uncooked rice to the Instant Pot and sauté for a couple of minutes until it becomes translucent.

  3. Stir in the mayonnaise, sour cream, chicken broth, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix everything well.

  4. Add the cooked chicken, broccoli florets, and shredded cheddar cheese to the pot. Stir to combine all the ingredients.

  5. Close and seal the Instant Pot. Set it to Manual or Pressure Cook mode for 6 minutes.

  6. After the cooking cycle is complete, perform a quick release to release the pressure. Carefully open the lid once the pressure valve drops.

  7. Stir the casserole to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.

  8. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese on top.

  9. You can either serve the casserole directly from the Instant Pot or transfer it to a baking dish and place it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the top for a more traditional casserole appearance.

  10. Serve your Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli Casserole while it's hot and enjoy!

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Stove Top Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, steamed broccoli, cheddar cheese, and cooked rice.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chicken broth, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and pepper until well combined.

  4. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the chicken and broccoli mixture. Stir everything together until well coated.

  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly, and the top is golden brown.

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Casserole Variations

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole:

  • Add sliced mushrooms to the casserole for an earthy flavor. Sauté the mushrooms in a little butter until they're tender before mixing them in.

Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli Casserole:

  • Incorporate lemon zest and juice for a zesty twist. The lemon adds brightness and complements the flavors well.

Herb-Infused Chicken and Broccoli Casserole:

  • Include fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley for a fragrant, herbaceous touch. Add a tablespoon of chopped herbs when mixing the ingredients.

Baked Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Rice:

  • If you prefer not to use white rice, you can substitute it with brown rice for a nuttier and healthier option.

Cheddar and Swiss Chicken and Broccoli Casserole:

  • Use a mix of cheddar and Swiss cheeses for a more complex cheesy flavor. You can also add a layer of cheese on top for extra cheesiness.

Bacon-Topped Chicken and Broccoli Casserole:

  • Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top of the casserole before baking for added savory flavor and a crispy texture.

Onion and Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Casserole:

  • Sauté finely chopped onions and garlic in a little butter before adding them to the casserole for a fragrant, savory twist.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Casserole:

  • Replace the Zesty Ranch Sauce with Alfredo sauce for a rich and creamy version of the casserole.

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