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 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!
This really is an easy dish to put together. I precook one whole chicken. I usually buy mine at Costco but, any whole chicken will do.
Place the chicken into a large stock pot and boil it, until it is falling apart. Let it cool completely.
Once cool, debone the chicken. You will need about 3 cups of shredded chicken.
TIP: You could also use rotisseire chicken if that is easier.
Pre-cook the frozen chopped broccoli. Drain. Place on the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Layer with shredded chicken.
Mix together Cream of Chicken Soup, Milk, Mayonnaise, and Lemon Juice. Spread on top of chicken. Top with a layer of grated cheddar cheese. (Lots of cheese please! It’s the BEST!)
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until bread crumbs are golden and sauce is bubbly.
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 blend together so beautifully.
The nice thing about this dish is that most of the ingredients are things found in your 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!
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 alongside 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.
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*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.
*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.
Long grain white rice is combined with creamy chicken soup, broccoli, cheese, and of course…