Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole is sure to become a new family favorite! Made with rotisserie chicken, this time-saving recipe is perfect for weeknights!

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Casseroles are the perfect weeknight meal and we just happen to LOVE them around here.  Our very favorite casserole recipe is this Rotisserie Chicken Casserole and it’s one of the most-requested meals from both the boys and Chris – they just can’t get enough of it!

I decided to mix it up  a bit last night and after spotting the gigantic bag of broccoli in the fridge that I  had picked up at Costco over the weekend.  I knew a cheesy broccoli version was the way to go.

I love this casserole recipe because it’s about as easy as dinner can be.  You guys, I don’t even use a bowl.  I mix it right up in the baking dish.  I’m lazy, what can I say?

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Now this casserole recipe would totally fit in a 9×9 or even an 8×8 baking dish but one of our favorite parts of this recipe is the corn flake topping. We like as much topping as we can get so we use a 9×13 baking dish.  It’s amazing! I drizzle a little bit of melted butter right over the cornflakes before throwing it in the oven – heavenly!

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I used fresh broccoli but frozen broccoli but could be substituted as long as you thaw it first.  30 minutes in the oven is all you need for casserole perfection.

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This yummy, cheesy casserole is pure comfort food that is perfect for busy weeknights. I used rotisserie chicken in my recipe, but any cooked chicken will work perfectly.  It’s a great way to use up leftovers!  I think the broccoli and cheese version of this casserole was a huge success with my family and a great variation to our go-to recipe.

I’m looking forward to trying out some new flavor combinations soon!

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This delicious and easy casserole recipe is one of several that inspired my new book 100 Creative Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken in Everyday Meals. I love using rotisserie chicken to create meals that my family will love. You’ll find casseroles, bakes, comfort food, soups, sandwiches and more!

I have an entire chapter devoted to meals you can can create in 20 minutes or less and another devoted to recipes with 5 ingredients or less. This cookbook is filled with simple and fast recipes that your whole family will love.  Check it out!



Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
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This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole is sure to become a new family favorite! Made with rotisserie chicken, this time-saving recipe is perfect for weeknights!
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: Serves 6-8
  • 2 cups of diced rotisserie chicken {or any other cooked chicken}
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, broken down into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup {can use low-sodium or Healthy Request}
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1½ cups shredded cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½-3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 2 tbsp Challenge butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients into a greased 9x13 baking dish. I use a 9x13 because we like extra room for our corn flakes {more crunch!} but this recipe will fit into an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.
  2. Mix up all the ingredients except corn flakes and butter right in the baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the crushed corn flakes over the top of the casserole.
  4. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until casserole is heated through.

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  1. Total comfort food! The corn flakes on top look super yummy!
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  2. One of my favorite comfort dishes of all time, love your version!

  3. This looks so delicious I’m hungry for dinner right now! This would be a perfect hectic weeknight meal!
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  4. Yumm!!! looks so delicious! definitely pinning this!
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  5. Thank you Trish for the nice recipe.

  6. EZ and CHEE-Z? Love this! Broccoli, cheddar and rice go together like chocolate and peanut butter…but, in a more acceptable dinner form! Pinned!
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  7. When it starts with the word CHEESY, I always know it’s going to be fabulous! Pinned!
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  8. Love super easy meals like this!
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  9. Yum, Trish!! I love the addition of cornflakes on top!

  10. Do you think you could freeze this? If so at what point would you do it, and how would you reheat?

  11. Our family too loves cornflakes & butter topping on a lot of casseroles. We usually double the crunchy goodness on top! :)

  12. I’m making this tonight! Have you ever made it with maybe yogurt in place of the mayo, to lighten it up? Just wondered if it would change it enough to notice. I’m going to test it out :)

  13. Leslie anderson says:

    This is the most easy delicious recipe I have tried here on pintrest!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!! It will be a family staple for us! Instead of the cornflakes…we tried ritz crackers crumbled …omg…so yummy!!! Gonna try the cornflakes too…just didn’t have them!

  14. Do I need to cook chicken before I bake this or can I put raw diced chicken in? Don’t know if it will cook all the way! Thanks :)

  15. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your recipe on my blog! It looks delicious! :)
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  16. I’m trying this recipe tonight, but I went to the store and forgot corn flakes! But I have bread crumbs that I made out of roasted vegetable Ritz crackers and i have crispix cereal. Going to try that and I also hate mayonnaise, so I’m trying sour cream instead! I didn’t want to buy a whole container of mayo, and have it go to waste! We will see how it turns out! :) I’m definitely trying it with corn flakes next time!

  17. What kind of cheese did you use?

  18. This was REALLY good! I added more broccoli and used shredded chicken I had in the freezer. And it’s so forgiving, you can substitute just about everything! Thanks so much for the post!

  19. I used a wild rice blend since that’s what we had and no corn flakes so I’m using left over Garlic Cheese Bread potato chips minus the butter since they are greasy anyway. In the oven now, can’t wait to try it! Sounds yummy!

  20. I just made this tonight and it was a big hit. Thank you for the recipe. So easy to put together. I didn’t have corn flakes so I just used breadcrumbs, didn’t use too much, as a thin layer on top.
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  21. How have I not pinned this for dinner yet?!!
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  22. Can I get the nutritional information on this recipe?

  23. Going to try this recipe this week! Did you leave the fresh broccoli raw before baking, then?

  24. You have some very nice recipes on your blog, I’m looking forward to try some of them during holiday season.
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  25. This is so AMAZING even my pick 8 year old loves it.I swap the cornflakes for crushed French’s onion!

    • I think my family would have liked that better adding French onions. Otherwise it was a little bland. Must try it your way next time.

  26. I made a double batch of it, because I have boys that eat a lot.We all thought it was a little bland. So everyone added a different sauce on top. I have to say the next day leftovers were much more tastier.

  27. Stephanie B. says:

    Made this tonight with a couple of tweaks and doubled. Used the frozen broccoli with cheese sauce, precooked, since that’s all I had. Also used canned chicken that I had on hand, we love it for recipes like this. And used crushed potato chips on top (that’s our personal favorite). This was sooooo yummy. I don’t even want to think about how not good it is for me. So I won’t.

  28. Tried this using the Lundgren’s brown rice medley, which I pre-cooked in homemade chicken broth, adding 1 diced small onion and 1 clove of garlic which I microwaved together in a covered dish for 1 min (I bet you could add 1/3 c dehydrated onion as well). I also added 1.5 tsp of poultry seasoning and 2 tsp of thyme (fresh) and a very generous pinch of fresh ground pepper to the soup (I used Organic Pacific Cream of Chicken), based on the reviews saying some found it bland and just subbed 1/4 c of milk for the mayo. It was a keeper.

  29. Made this for my family and they all LOVED it! I cooked my own chicken breasts first and seasoned them and also substituted the corn flakes for Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola crackers. Soooo good and lots of flavor. I have to say I liked it even better the next day. Thank you for this easy family friendly recipe! Great jumping off point for our own personal touches to the dish, I don’t think you can go wrong.

  30. I can’t abide mayo , I will use sour cream , perhaps with a tbsp ranch mixed into it …

  31. I had leftover chicken and rice and came across your recipe. I omitted the cheese but added a can of creamed corn. I was very hesitant at first, but it was amazing! I had extra chicken and rice so as I mixed everything together I knew I needed more moisture. But I didn’t want to add more fat/sodium of mayo or a can of condensed soup. I try not using those to begin with, but hey…anyway, thank you :)

  32. What about cream of mushroom soup as sub for cream of chicken. I don’t have any cream of chicken!

  33. Thank you for this. I’m usually not adventurous with recipes but after reading comments and hearing how forgiving it was, I made some substitutions. I used cream of mushroom and panko breadcrumbs because that’s what we had. I saw a couple comments stating it was a little bland so I used a box of Uncle Bens long grain and wild rice. I also used sour cream as hubby isn’t a big fan of mayo and used extra sharp cheddar. It was delicious! We both went for seconds. Not too fancy, super quick, and easy. ..a perfect working day meal. Thanks!

  34. I added cauliflower along with the brocolli. It was amazing! I too used whole wheat club crackers instead of cornflakes once when I was out of corn flakes, and brown rice once instead of white. For cheese I have used all different kinds depending on what I had. Most chicken casseroles are somewhat dry, but this one is very moist and delicious. I like that I can make substitutions and fake like I have a new dish to try. They come back for seconds every time. Next time I think I’ll try it with zucunni!

  35. Very Good! Thank you! I used meat from chicken leg quarters, homemade cream of chicken soup, 12 oz of previously frozen broccoli, and 1/4 cup of milk instead of mayo. Also brown rice and reduced the cheese a bit. I added salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.

  36. I made this with diced turkey instead of chicken, and otherwise followed the recipe and it was great! I’m going to try it tonight with tuna and cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken. I will likely put in some peas-love peas with tuna. The cornflake topping is awesome! I made it with gluten-free cornflakes, and it was yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  37. I was thinking about adding some ranch seasoning to the recipe. Do you think that would go well together?

  38. i’m curious what you usually serve with this in terms of sides, etc?

  39. I’ve made this recipe twice now and I absolutely love it. The only change I make is the topping. I don’t like corn Flakes in any savory dish. I use stuffing instead. It’s wonderful and crispy and adds a lot of flavor.

  40. I don’t like mayo you think the canned cream of chicken will be enough moisture?

  41. I made this for dinner this week and it was AWESOME!! It was soooo easy to make and was absolutely delicious. Everyone in my family loved it, which is rare since we all have different tastes. I accidentally picked up a rotisserie turkey breast at the grocery instead of chicken, and it still turned out great. I can’t wait to try it with chicken next time. I followed the recipe exactly otherwise. I always shred my own cheese as opposed to buying a bag of pre-shredded cheese. It melts better and makes casseroles like this extra creamy. Thanks for an awesome, easy weeknight recipe! This is going in rotation for sure.

  42. Hello! I’m hoping to make this at the weekend, but just wondered if you could clarify the size of the can of soup, please? Is it Campbell’s condensed, which here in the UK comes in at 295g, or a bigger size, like our 400g Heinz? Thank you!

  43. sounds yummy. would this work without the cornflakes tho?

  44. M Chase says:

    This is a good dish! I always like to tweak things to make me feel like I am cooking so I exchanged half of the rice for a wild rice, forgot the mayo and had so many ingredients mine needed two cans of soup. I also used one sleeve of ritz crackers and real butter that I had already bought. Anyway, it is a flexible recipe and just delicious. Thanks for the inspiring photo!

  45. I was searching online for a new chicken casserole recipe and came across this. It seemed easy enough and sounded delicious. Well it turned out fantastic! Warm, creamy, cheesy, filling, and delicious. I used Panko crumbs on top instead of cornflakes and they gave it a nice crunch. The casserole reheated well in the oven and surprisingly the topping stayed crunchy the second time around. This recipe is a keeper and will become a staple of mine. Thanks so much!

  46. Do you think this can be used as a freezer meal?

  47. Wow…that was delicious! I subbed Roasted Vegetable Ritz for the corn flakes (as another commenter suggested), and I couldn’t stop eating it. 3 bowls later, I had to put it away just to make myself stop :) Thanks for a great recipe!!

  48. I just made this tonight. It’s in the oven as I type lol. Unfortunately I have a bad case of mommy brain right now due to being 7 months pregnant. I totally spaced and forgot to add the half cup of mayo :( do you think it will still be okay? I did add a lot more cheese than the recipe called for but I’m so disappointed I forgot something the recipe called for. What are your thoughts

  49. I have been making this as a freezer meal. Put all ingredients except soup and mayo (adding one cup of frozen mixed veggies) in separate zip loc bags and freeze…then defrost, mix, and bake. Turned out perfectly and I have four more batches in my freezer.

  50. This has became a family favorite! This recipe is so delicous, the kids keep asking when we’re going to have it again. I made it last night for the second time this month, and the kids are already asking when we are going to have it again. We have a family of 7, so I had to double the recipe. I omitted the corn flakes though because I’ve never really been big on crunchy foods and I added extra brocolli since our family is full of brocolli lovers. It turned out amazing. Thank you for this fantastic recipe, it’s definitely staying on our list of favorite regulars.

  51. I don’t usually comment on these things, but dang this was good. I used sour cream instead of mayonnaise because husband hates it. And I didn’t have corn flakes and don’t usually keep that in the cereal cabinet, so I used bread crumbs, panko, and crushed frenches fried onion for the top. I also added about a tsp celery salt, and poultry seasoning, and probably half a tsp garlic salt and onion powder to the recipe. Oh and I used sharp cheddar cheese, and also sprinkled a little on top. We loved it! Excited to make it again!

  52. This is one of my favorite recipes it is so good and so easy to make, my whole family loves it!
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  53. Hi, Shared your broccoli and rice casserole in a post yesterday! See it here:

  54. Making this for dinner tonight, Trish! I know that it will be a big hit with my family! :)

    Hope you’re having a great New Year. xo
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  55. This is awesome and I can’t wait to try it!! We have celiacs in the house…instead of cornflakes, do you think I could substitute for gluten free bread crumbs or a potato chip topping?? I’m going to try this tonight :)

  56. Made this for dinner last night with a few modifications. First, I didn’t have pre-cooked chicken, so I cubed two chicken breasts and cooked them in some olive oil. When the chicken was nearly done, I added 1/2 a diced onion and 3 cloves of minced garlic. I also added salt, pepper, thyme, and fresh parsley. Was very yummy. Although, next time, I think I’ll use super-thin potato chips instead of the corn flakes to see how that is. I think it’ll be even better. This is going into our regular meal rotation!

  57. Love this recipe! My husband loves cheesy broccoli and rice dishes so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks for the post!

  58. Easy & delicious! My husband and picky 5 year old ask for this at least 2x a month (minimum!). Great recipe!

  59. I make this all the time and I thought I’d just share that we make it with brown rice and I also always put those crispy fried onions (crushed) on the top. We love it.

  60. Patti J Shay says:

    Am going to try doing this recipe in the crock pot as our 115 degree weather (AZ) and using the oven is not a great idea. Wish me luck!!!!

  61. My favorite! I make this about twice a month!
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  62. Christine Titus says:

    So easy and so tasty. Both kids came back for seconds. I’m not sure why there is no seasonings in the recipe, but I did add salt and pepper to taste when I mixed everything together. I’m quite glad I did. It was delish! My favorite part besides the kids coming back for seconds, is that it takes almost no time to prepare. I always keep chopped cooked chicken in my freezer for casseroles like this one, and I had a package of frozen broccoli florets in there as well, and just thawed both of those things out before cooking time. Delish and budget friendly!

  63. Trina Bowers says:

    I have a super picky eater who will not eat a green vegetable if he sees it hiding in anything. UGH! If you want to play “hide the veggies,” you might try this delicious variation! I started with Trish’s wonderful recipe and made some modifications. I also used sour cream instead of mayo and Ritz (flavor & light crunch) instead of cornflakes (less flavor, major crunch). Instead of broccoli, I carrot peeled the green skin away and grated 2 cups of zucchini and minced 1/2 of a sweet yellow onion and sauteed them together in olive oil for 10 minutes on a higher temp and until much of the moisture in the zucchini had evaporated. Then I added it to the rest of the ingredients and followed the recipe. It was a-MAZING-ly delicious. I tried this recipe as-is originally and I totally loved it, but I wanted to get my son to eat something similar since he was trying to pick around the broccoli.

  64. i made this with a brown & wild rice blend – the rice on its own is sooooo yummy. i also used the french fried onions (the ones used on the traditional green bean casserole that always makes an appearance at Thanksgiving)…. i see so many possibilities for variations. This was really good! and great for my family who all have crazy schedules and are not necessarily home at the same time for dinner…. definitely a keeper….

  65. Kristen Baker says:

    I was trying to read through the comments for advice but if I use fresh broccoli does it need to be cooked before baking the casserole in the oven?

  66. Nirvana Candova says:

    Hey. I was wondering if I can skip the mayonnaise and shredded cheese and replace it with vegan almonds cheese instead. Not because I am a vegan but because I wish to remove the fatty ingredients. Please let me know.

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