Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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!)

In a bowl mix together bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle on top of the cheese. Delicious Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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!

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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 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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Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole
*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.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 21g Cholesterol: 80mg Sodium: 726mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 21g
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23 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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  11. Emily | 2nd Aug 18

    Can this be prepared in a crockpot? If so how long should it cook?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 3rd Aug 18

      Hi Emily!
      Yes it can be cooked in a crock pot. I would cook it on low for 3-4 hours! It wouldn’t need to long to cook. You don’t want the Broccoli mushy. That would be sad. lol
      Have a GREAT weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!
      ~Norine

  12. Carolyn | 10th Aug 18

    Accidentally heated up Normandy vegetables in microwave not brocoli so I used them instead. Looks yummy and do far reviews are good from the family! Husband works a different shift so he hasn’t tried it yet.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 10th Aug 18

      Hi Carolyn!
      Sometimes mistakes make the BEST recipes! I bet it is wonderful with the Normandy vegetables. I’m going to have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your husband gives it two thumbs up too!
      Have a GREAT weekend!
      ~Norine

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