Feb 24, 2023

One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

While I was checking my last casserole related post, tater tot casserole popped up. But wait, that recipe was published on March 24th, 2022, almost a year ago! I can't believe that I only made casserole about once a year? Such comforting and fulfilling meal should show up on my dining table more often, don't you think so?

One pot chicken broccoli rice casserole - 

One pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

Ingredients (about 6 portions)?

  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1 broccoli
  • 1 1/4 cups basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded medium Cheddar cheese
  • 1 can/300 grams cream of chicken
  • 1 can/300 grams cream of mushroom
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mixed Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper
  • Some parsley


What seems to be a common ingredient to find in the states can be a slight hassle in Taiwan. I'm talking about "shredded" Cheddar cheese. 

There are chunky Cheddar from mild to sharp, but not the shredded kind. Somehow most of the grocery stores only carry shredded mozzarella or shredded mixed cheese. Good thing that I have a food processor at home, so the shredding work can be done in no time.

Shredded Cheddar cheese

Once you've got a hold of enough shredded Cheddar, it's time to start prepping other ingredients. Separate the broccoli to florets, trim-off the fibrous outer layer from the stem then cut to smaller chunks. Finely chop the parsley.

Cut the chicken to bite size pieces. Season with 1 teaspoon of mixed Italian seasoning along with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.

Seasoned chicken breast chunks

I used a Dutch oven, add 2 tablespoons of butter and turn to medium heat. Wait till butter melts then add in the chicken. Cook till slightly browned on both sides. Scoop out the meat and set aside.

Seared chicken breast chunks

Still using the same pot, drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil. Also pour in 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock and add 1 1/4 cups of basmati rice. Use regular measuring cup for the rice, not the Asian rice cup.

Bring the entire thing to a boil then lower to a simmer.

Basmati rice for chicken broccoli rice casserole

Cover with lid and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Once ready, remove the lid, add in broccoli and mix till evenly distributed.

Adding broccoli for the casserole

Put the lid back on and this time cook for 10 minutes. Please resist the temptation of peeking inside the pot.

After 10 minutes, turn-off the heat and just let it sit for 10 more minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius.

Finally the wait is over. Remove the lid and transfer seared chicken over. Also add cream of chicken and cream of mushroom. Pour in the milk and sprinkle half of the shredded cheese all over. Mix till blended.

Making one pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

Top with all the remaining cheese.

Prepping one pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

Put the lid back on and into the oven for 15 minutes.

Carefully take out the Dutch oven and remove the lid. The cheese should be melted but not browned. 

Melted cheese on top of the chicken broccoli rice casserole

So we have to put the pot back to the oven, uncovered, and cook all the way till the top gets a lovely brown color.

Browned cheese on top of chicken broccoli rice casserole

Remove the pot from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and the casserole is now finally ready to serve. 

One pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

One pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

This is the dish I learned back when I was an exchange high school student in Minnesota. The cafeteria served all kinds of casseroles for lunch and I love them all, chicken broccoli rice casserole in particular was like one of my top three favorites. 

One pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

Sometimes I would add a bit of Tabasco sauce for an extra kick, even dried red pepper flakes will do. No need to worry about the heat because all that oozy cheese will balance-off the spiciness.

One pot chicken broccoli rice casserole

You can store the leftovers in the fridge and reheat for future meals. The best method is to reheat the casserole in the oven using lower heat over longer period of time. However, speedy microwave works well too for individual portions.

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