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Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole – a warm, filling and healthy one-pan meal that is Super Easy to make, delicious and an excellent choice for healthy dinner. Perfect for those crazy weeknights!

Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 4 - 5
Calories 320 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 large or 2 chicken breasts cut into chunks(about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1 -2 teaspoons cajun/creole seasoning (salt free) (see notes)
  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup milk
  • Parsley to garnish
  • 3/4 teaspoon or more salt adjust to taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Season chicken cubes with salt , followed by cajun creole seasoning – salt free. Stir until thoroughly mixed

  3. Heat oil in a skillet, stir in the chicken , cook the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes .

  4. Add minced garlic , stir for about a minute, followed by chopped onion , cook until onions wilted – about 4 more minutes . Remove and set aside.

  5. In a 10 inch oven safe skillet add butter , as soon as butter melts whisk in flour . Continue whisking until flour is fully mixed with butter, then cook for about a minute

  6. Slowly add chicken broth, a little at the time, followed by the milk , you do not want to mixture to form any lumps , bring to simmer then turn down to medium so it simmers gently and thickens into a cream sauce -about 6 -8 minutes.  

  7. An easy way to gauge this is if the sauce coats the back of a wooden spoon, and a path with your finger.

  8. Turn off the heat and stir in the rice, broccoli , and ½ cup cheese and chicken. Stir add creole seasoning,salt , mix – adjust seasonings to liking .Top with remaining cheese .

  9. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-30 minutes or until heated through.

  10. Serve warm.