I don’t know about you, but I think cheese and broccoli are one of the yummiest combinations out there…in soup, on baked potatoes and especially THIS casserole!! You are going to love this cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole! It’s delicious and made all in one pot, I love easy dinners like that, I’m all for less dishes to wash! We have this meal on a regular basis and everyone love it, my kids even eat the broccoli! Who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese?? If it’s you, I’m going to change your mind with this recipe!
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Start out by preheating your oven to 350˚
In a large oven-safe pot (or skillet) over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Saute the chicken pieces until they are cooked all the way through and browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside for later.
In the same pot, over medium-high heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add the broken up angel hair pasta. Stir it around frequently, cooking for about 3 minutes, the pasta should be golden brown. Add the rice and all of the seasonings to the pot and mix well.
Next, add the the water and stock to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. If you still have some liquid in the pot after the 20 minutes, that’s ok, it will absorb while it’s baking.
Remove the lid and stir in the cooked chicken pieces, both cheeses, and broccoli…reserve 2 tablespoons of cheese for topping at the end, if desired.
It looks so good already! Cover again and bake in the oven for 2o minutes.
Once it’s finished baking, remove the lid, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve! I really hope you enjoy this cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole as much as I do! This is my kind of comfort food right here!
If you are planning on making this recipe ahead of time to freeze, it couldn’t be easier!! You are going to make a little packet (before cooking) where everything is already portioned and so easy to throw together! Here’s what you’ll need:
In the 1 gallon bag, add the rice, Italian dressing mix, paprika, salt and pepper. Wrap the 4 Tablespoons of butter in the plastic wrap and place in the gallon bag. In the snack size bag, seal your broken angel hair pasta and place that bag inside the gallon bag. In one of the quart bags, add the cubed chicken pieces (raw), seal well, and place inside the gallon bag. In the other quart bag, add both cheeses and broccoli. Seal well, and place inside the gallon bag. Label and seal the gallon bag and freeze. It will look like this…I just love it, the perfect packaged meal.
To thaw, place the packet in fridge over night. You can remove the chicken and cheese bags and just put them in the fridge and leave the rice and pasta on the counter if desired, to save space.
This cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole is the perfect busy night meal! So easy to throw together and have dinner on the table in no-time!
Below is a printable recipe card. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup angel hair pasta broken into small pieces
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian dressing mix store bought, or homemade (see our recipe)
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper optional
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 pound chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli pieces (fresh can be used just blanch and chop)
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large oven-safe pot or skillet, over med-hi heat, add olive oil, and saute chicken until browned and cooked through, remove from pan, set aside.
In same pan, over med-hi heat, melt 4 Tbsp. of butter, add angel hair pieces. Stir frequently, cook for about 3 minutes, or until all the pasta is golden brown. Add rice and seasonings, mix well.
Add water and stock, bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. (if after twenty minutes there is still some unabsorbed water, that is okay, it will absorb during baking.)
Remove lid and quickly stir in cooked chicken pieces, and both cheeses and broccoli, reserving 2 Tbsp of the cheese for a topping after baking, if desired.
Cover with lid, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 more minutes.
Remove from oven, remove lid, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and serve.
Note: You may substitute any vegetable you like, peas are also very tasty in this recipe.
Freezer Instructions: You will need 1 Gallon Freezer Bag, 2 Quart Freezer Bags, 1 Snack Size Bag, and Plastic Wrap.
In the 1 gallon bag, add rice, italian dressing mix, paprika, salt, and pepper. Wrap 4 Tbsp. butter in plastic wrap and place in bag (if desired). In a snack size bag seal your broken angel hair pasta, place inside gallon bag. In 1 of the quart freezer bags put cubed chicken pieces, seal well, place inside gallon bag. In the other 1 quart freezer bag put cheeses and broccoli. Seal well, place inside gallon bag. Label and seal your gallon bag. Freeze.
Place in fridge over night. (You can remove the chicken and cheese bags and put them in the fridge to thaw, and leave your rice on the counter, to save space.)