Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Comfort food at it's best with a great buttery Parmesan topping, this will become one of your favorite comfort foods.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 head broccoli chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1-1 1/2 pound Skinless boneless chicken breast trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 onion small diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of choice Divided, I used Monteray Jack but most recommend Cheddar

Topping

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Chop one head of broccoli into bite size pieces.
  • Bring 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth to a boil. Add 1 1/2 cup long grain rice and the broccoli. Cover and lower heat to low. Cook for about 15 minutes until fluid is absorbed.
  • While rice is cooking, chop one small onion and cube two skinless boneless chicken breasts into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet then add the chicken and onions. Cook until onion is translucent and chicken is 165 degrees internally. About 1 minute before the end point add 3-4 cloves crushed garlic. About 9-10 minutes total for me.
  • Remove the chicken from heat and wait for rice to finish. Then combine rice with the chicken, add 1/2 cup milk, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese of choice. Mix well.
  • Spray a 9 X 13 casserole dish with PAM and add mixture. Top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice.
  • Mix crumble top. 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Spread over the casserole.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving to absorb fluid.
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Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 2.2mg