Chicken With Cheese And Broccoli

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I love this Chicken With Cheese And Broccoli because of the great taste, and for being so easy to make! I know a lot of people who don’t like broccoli because of its distinct flavour, but do like it with cheese. I also prefer to use brown rice instead of white because it has more vitamins (including more calcium and iron).

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

This cheesy chicken broccoli casserole is sure to hit the spot when you are craving something creamy and comforting with very little prep on a busy weeknight. Eat as-is or serve over rice.

Recipe Summar

Prep

15 mins

Cook:

35 mins

Total:

50 mins

Servings:

8

Yield:

1 9×13-inch casserole

Chicken and broccoli casserole is a tried-and-true classic that has stood the test of time. This comfort food is a simple way to add a little color to your dinner without sacrificing flavor. Plus, this recipe is loaded with three types of cheese — making it a delicious indulgence you can enjoy any night of the week. 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole Ingredients

You can make this chicken and broccoli casserole with cheap ingredients you may already have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need: 

Butter
You’ll need just a teaspoon of butter to grease the sides of your baking dish. If you prefer, you can use cooking spray. 

Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts work best for this recipe. 

Broccoli
Fresh or frozen broccoli will work well. If you’re using frozen, just make sure to thaw and finely chop it first. 

Canned Soup
Two cans of condensed cream of chicken soup add creaminess and flavor to this old-fashioned casserole recipe. 

Cheese
This aptly named casserole is super cheesy — it calls for a cup of cheddar, a cup of Parmesan, and a ½ cup of mozzarella. 

Sour Cream
Sour cream lends richness and subtly tangy flavor. 

Pepper
Since there’s already quite a bit of salt in the canned soups, this chicken and broccoli casserole is simply seasoned with just pepper. You can add more spices and seasonings to suit your taste.

How to Make Chicken Broccoli Casserole

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole: 

Boil the chicken until it is no longer pink. Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients (except for a ½ cup of Parmesan) in a large bowl and mix well. Drain the cooked chicken and add it to the broccoli mixture. Pour the contents of the bowl into a buttered baking dish and bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Top with the remaining Parmesan and continue baking until the cheese is melted. 

How to Store Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Store your leftover chicken broccoli casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through. 

Can You Freeze Chicken Broccoli Casserole?

Yes, you can freeze this cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole. Allow the casserole to cool, then transfer it in individually sized portions (if you don’t plan to thaw it all at once) to freezer-safe storage containers or zip-top freezer bags. Wrap with a layer of foil for extra protection against freezer burn. Freeze for up to three months and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 

Ingredients

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  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, or as needed
  • 2 each skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 cups finely chopped broccoli
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch dish.
  • Step 2Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add chicken and continue to boil until no longer pink, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Step 3Meanwhile, combine broccoli, cream of chicken soup, Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Step 4Drain chicken and add to broccoli mixture. Mix well. Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Step 5Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Add remaining Parmesan cheese on top and continue to bake until cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

EASY BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHICKEN

Creamy broccoli cheddar chicken is an easy and delicious dinner recipe. Seared chicken breasts cooked in creamy cheddar sauce is perfect served over rice.

Easy broccoli cheddar chicken in creamy sauce.

INGREDIENTS

Full recipe and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Chicken breasts. You can use boneless chicken thighs too.
  • Olive oil. 
  • Salt and pepper. 
  • Onion. 
  • Garlic. 
  • Herbs: Oregano, thyme, rosemary or sage are all good options.
  • Chicken stock. 
  • Cream. Heavy/Whipping cream.
  • Lemon juice. 
  • Broccoli.
  • Cheddar cheese. 

HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHICKEN

  1. Cook the chicken: To ensure quick-cooking, I like to thin out the chicken breasts just slightly. Place the chicken on a cutting board, cover with a sheet of parchment paper and flatten with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken in a hot skillet or deep pan until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Remove and set aside while you make the sauce.
  2. Make the Sauce: In the same pan, fry finely diced onion and garlic until fragrant. Add herbs of your choice. Add chicken stock, cream, lemon juice and season to taste. Bring to a simmer then add the broccoli. At this point, I cover the pan and allow the broccoli to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the stems can easily be pierced by a sharp knife. Reduce the heat and add the grated cheddar cheese. Allow the cheese to melt, stirring to make sure the cheese melts into the sauce evenly. Add the chicken back into the pan, spoon over the sauce and serve.

STORING AND FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Storing: The cooked chicken will last in the fridge for up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container.
  2. Freezing: Allow the cooked chicken to cool completely then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw completely then gently heat in a saucepan. Because of the cheese in the sauce, the sauce might split but the taste will still be good.

Easy broccoli cheddar chicken

Creamy broccoli cheddar chicken is an easy and delicious dinner recipe. Seared chicken breasts cooked in creamy cheddar sauce is perfect served over rice.

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Amerian

Keyword: Broccoli cheddar chicken, Broccoli chicken, easy chicken recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 413kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breasts (boneless + skinless)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

For the sauce

  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy / whipping cream
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 3 cups broccoli florets larger florets, halved
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place a sheet of parchment paper over chicken breasts then gently flatten to 1cm/0.4 inch thick, with a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Brown the chicken in a large skillet or deep frying pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant then add the herbs. Cook for another minute.
  • Pour in the stock, cream and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli, cover and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the broccoli stems are just tender. Check by piercing them with a sharp knife.
  • Reduce the heat, add the cheese and allow to melt while stirring. Add the chicken back into the pan, spoon over the sauce, season to taste and serve.

Notes

  • If you prefer the sauce to be thicker, whisk 2 teaspoons corn starch / cornflour with a few tablespoons of water and add to the sauce when the broccoli is cooked. Allow to thicken then add the cheese to melt. 

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1179IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 2mg

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli

Cheesy chicken & broccoli is a one pan dish and a great family dinner for busy weeknights!

This delish main dish goes from stovetop to tabletop in minutes! Tender chicken breasts and broccoli covered in a creamy, homemade cheese sauce.

Chicken and Broccoli in the pan with cheese sauce on top

An Easy One Pan Dinner

  • One pan means fewer dishes to wash.
  • This dish cooks quickly, ready in under 30 minutes.
  • The quick and creamy cheese sauce is easy to make and great over any vegetable.
  • Double or triple the sauce and serve this dish over pasta.
  • The cream cheese base of this sauce is naturally low carb.
Ingredients for Chicken and Broccoli

Ingredients in Chicken and Broccoli

We love the combination of chicken and broccoli in stir fry, in casseroles, pasta, and simply in this dish.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts should be pounded to about 1/2″ thick. This helps it cook quickly and evenly. Boneless chicken thighs can be substituted if you’d prefer.

Fresh broccoli is our veggie of choice in this recipe but frozen will work too. The cheese sauce pairs well with almost any vegetable. Add in cauliflower, green beans, peas, or asparagus.

The rich cheese sauce starts with cream cheese and is easy to make (no roux required). Simply whisk until smooth and then stir in the cheese. We love the addition of sharp cheddar for an extra boost of flavor but use your favorite cheeses.

cooking chicken and broccoli in a pan

How to Make Chicken and Broccoli

  1. Pound chicken, season, & brown in a skillet. Set aside.
  2. Add broccoli and broth cooking just until tender crisp. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Whisk in the cheese sauce ingredients into the pan per recipe directions below.
  4. Stir in the broccoli and service over the chicken.
making cheese sauce for chicken and broccoli

Recipe Tips

  • Pound the chicken to 1/2″ thickness so it cooks quickly and evenly. Cover it with plastic wrap when pounding to avoid splattering.
  • If you don’t have a meat mallet, use a rolling pin.
  • Cook the chicken just until it reaches 165°F, do not overcook.
  • Lightly cover the chicken and broccoli while whisking the sauce to keep it warm.
  • Add any juices from the chicken into the sauce for extra flavor.
  • Sharp cheeses add more flavor to the sauce.
plated Chicken and Broccoli with garnish

Storing Leftovers

Keep leftover chicken and broccoli in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add some milk or cream to thin out the sauce before reheating on the stovetop and serve with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.
Freeze portions for up to 4 weeks. Thaw overnight and reheat as directed.

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