Chicken Broccoli Casserole

I was contemplating what to post for my very first main dish here at “Norine’s Nest”? Immediately I thought of the meal that captured my hubs heart long before I did!  (Truth be told, I’m pretty sure this sealed the deal of heart capturing! Yeah, it’s THAT good!) Chicken broccoli casserole is just one of those super wonderful comfort foods. Right up there with mac-n-cheese (The real kind!) and fresh hot homemade bread with melted butter!  The flavors in this dish are out of this world! My mom made this casserole for our family as I was growing up, and I made it for my birds. I still make it! Even with all the little birds gone!

Chicken broccoli casserole (2)

This really is an easy dish to put together. I like to precook one whole chicken early in the week. I usually buy mine at Costco but, any whole chicken will do. I place the chicken into a large stock pot and boil it, until it is falling apart. Let it cool completely. Once cool, I debone the chicken, bag up the meat and refrigerate it, then it’s on hand when I need it. One plus is you have a pot full of amazing chicken stock that you can freeze to use later. The other is that the biggest part of this casserole is done! You can use boneless skinless chicken breasts that you have cooked and cut up, or the meat from a rotisserie chicken will work as well. You just need three cups of chicken meat.

One of the things I love most about this casserole is the Broccoli! I’m a HUGE Broccoli fan! I recently ran across a fantastic article by Helen Nichols from www.well-beingsecrets.com on all the benefits of broccoli. I think you’ll find it a really interesting article and be fascinated to learn how many health benefits there are in Broccoli. If you’d like to read the article yourself you can click right HERE. I think we all get so busy in our lives that we sometimes don’t stop to think about all the health benefits contained in our foods. We hear a lot about the “BAD” things in our foods, but let’s take a second and pat ourselves on the back when we make a casserole like this that contains such a healthy “power” food like this one does! Let’s have Three Cheers for Broccoli!

Delicious Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Doesn’t that look yummy!  A layer of broccoli, then chicken,cream sauce, cheddar cheese and topped off with buttery toasted bread crumbs! The flavor combinations in this casserole just blend together so beautifully. The nice thing about this dish is that most of the ingredients are things found in everyone’s pantry or freezer. I know there are some non-casserole-loving folks out there. Gasp! (Say it isn’t so!) I grew up on casseroles! With a family of six and a tight budget, casseroles were a main stay in our house.  Thankfully mom could stretch one chicken to feed all six of us!

 

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I serve this casserole over steamed rice. You don’t have to. It’s perfect just the way it is! I usually make a green salad to serve along side it.   The casserole is so rich with ingredients that it’s a meal by itself.  I’ve shared this recipe many times over the years. Its become everyone’s favorite! I hope your family will love it as much as our family does! Please let me know if you try it and if your family enjoyed it in the comments below.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Norine Rogers

*I do not precook the broccoli. I just place thawed broccoli in the bottom of the casserole dish. Either way works fine. ** The sauce will be thick. It is supposed to be.

Casserole can be made up a day ahead of time, covered, and kept in the refrigerator until ready to use.


  • 2 - 10 oz packages frozen chopped broccoli or two small bags
  • 3 cups boned chicken
  • 2 10.5 oz cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbs melted butter

  1. Cook broccoli according to package direction in salted water till tender; drain well.* Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange broccoli in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Layer chicken on top of broccoli. In a separate bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, milk and lemon juice. Mix until well blended.** Pour over chicken and spread out evenly. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese. In a small bowl combine bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the top of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until sauce is bubbly, cheese is melted and the bread crumbs are a nice deep golden color.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 35 minutes ; Yield: 6-8 servings
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17 COMMENTS

  1. Nancy Miller | 26th Apr 16

    This is definitely a Family FAVORITE that you shared with me when we lived next door to one another many years ago!!!My grown children still request that I please make this for them when they visit!!My Daughter just made it and has your recipe memorized by Heart!!♡♡♡

  2. Joy | 26th Apr 16

    Can’t wait to try it out! Love your new site!

  3. Vicki Peterson | 26th Apr 16

    I have always wanted to make this casserole but didn’t have a good recipe. Now I do!! Thanks, Norene. Can’t wait to try it. I am sure Neil will love it! Love your site!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Apr 16

      Thanks Vicki! I’m so excited that you want to try the recipe. It is one of my very favorites! Let me know how you like it.

  4. susan tuckeyy | 27th Apr 16

    Norine! I’ve been looking for something “new” for dinner. This is a winner. Love how easy it is. Thank you for sharing a family favorite. Love this site. You rock!!!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Apr 16

      Susan thank you so much!I hope your family loves it as much as we do!Thanks for checking out “my nest”!

  5. Alicia Baldwin | 27th Apr 16

    Making this for dinner tonight! Super excited to taste it. Thank you for sharing! So excited to try all that you post 🙂 Love ya!!

  6. Keri | 28th Apr 16

    I made this last night, it was a real hit!!!! Everyone loved it!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 28th Apr 16

      Thanks for sharing! I am SO glad! I just love to hear that families are enjoying my recipes! Especially kids who we know can be picky eaters! At least mine were!

  7. Chelcie | 10th Jun 16

    I can’t wait to try this!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 10th Jun 16

      Thanks Chelcie! This one is always on our monthly or bi-monthly rotation! It’s just pure comfort food…the best kind!

  8. Raevan Blake | 5th Jul 16

    I loved this dish, will definitely make it again!

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