Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole

So I kept it classic!

Sort of. A little bit. With a smidge of embellishments. But nothing weird. Maybe.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

Actually, I feel the need to tell you straight up immediately this second that there IS a can of condensed soup in this. Don’t delete me from your life! I couldn’t help it. When I read the ingredients on the can as my soul fairies guided me to do, I said out loud to no one in the aisle, “Eh, it’s not that bad. Let’s live today!”

Guys it was either condensed soup or crack cocaine, so.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

Check it! Pretty straightforward. The only tiny tweakeroos are a nicer cheese (aged white cheddar! but use anything that makes you sing.), onion powder (I used this because I didn’t have an onion, but you can definitely dice up an onion and violently throw it in.), and homemade buttery breadcrumbs (you can absolutely use panko if you’re trying to get through that discounted package you bought a year ago at Trader Joe’s.)

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

Another thing. I TRIED to make this with uncooked rice. Over and over. And it just got beyond obnoxious to figure out that ish, so I went back to the basics, and cooked the dang rice. And all was well in the world and my soul.

You’ll just mix the cooked white rice, the broccoli (that you’ll sort of chop down to make the florets more bite-sized and not ancient tree trunks), the condensed soup (JUST BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS), onion powder, GRATED garlic (like with a mandolin if you have one), a big pinch of salt and the milk!

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

Then spread the broccoli mix in a casserole dish, and nestle the chicken tenderloins down all in it everywhere. You can def use breasts or thighs here. I just found the tenderloins to be rather adventurous on this particular day in early January of 2019.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

Sprinkle allllll that grated aged white cheddar over the dish, then sprinkle with the buttery breadcrumbs that you just whipped together in a little skillet.

And you may ask yourself, “Where is that large automobile?”

Wait, that’s something else.

And you may ask yourself, “But will those breadcrumbs burn!?”

Naw, dude. They’ll just crisp up even more and deepen in color. You’re all good.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

In a hot oven for 30. BAM.

Cheese is browned and bubbly. Breadcrumbs are little crispy jewels of mouth glory waiting to be discovered on thy tongue. Chicken is gorgeously tender, and the broccoli pops in color and cooks so perfectly in the milk mix that you feel like punching something.

I’ll get out of your way.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

I tried to get a better photo without a dangling broccoli leg, but alas. This is life.

I NEED you to make this. For the sake of WINTER, your love of COMFORT, the fact that we’re IMAGINARY BEST FRIENDS. Or heck, do it for the children.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

It’s supposed to snow this weekend. Now you know how to handle this. ^^

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  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, roughly chopped (from a 12-oz bag)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced or grated
  • 1 (10 oz ) can condensed chicken soup
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (8 oz) block of aged white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • About a cup of breadcrumbs (homemade if possible! Just throw some torn bread into a food processor and pulse until you get breadcrumbs.)
  • Coarse salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked rice, chopped broccoli, grated garlic, onion powder, condensed chicken soup, milk, and a large pinch of salt. Transfer and spread the mix out into a 9x13 casserole dish.
  3. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs with a small pinch of salt, and toss until the crumbs turn a light golden brown and begin to crisp, about three minutes.
  4. Nestle the chicken into the casserole and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese over the casserole, along with the breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and browning. (If you need to broil it for a minute or two at the end, go for it! Just don’t take your eagle eye off it, or the breadcrumbs will burn. And I don’t want you mad at me.)
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired, and serve it up!
  6. Serves about six.

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole / Bev Cooks

I mentioned that mama said knock you out, right?

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14 Responses to Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole

  1. Jen January 17, 2019 at 9:55 am #
    And that's what's for dinner tonight :)
  2. Rebekah S January 17, 2019 at 10:06 am #
    Comfort food at it's best. Also, need that casserole pan.
  3. Angie January 17, 2019 at 10:09 am #
    Sounds divine. I LOVE reading everything you write, a bright spot in my day when I see your posts!
  4. Hannah January 17, 2019 at 11:10 am #
    Sounds delish! When do you add the milk? I didn’t see it listed in the instructions.
    • Bev Weidner January 17, 2019 at 12:29 pm #
      My bad!! Recipe instructions are updated. It goes in the bowl with the rice and broccoli!
  5. Abbey January 17, 2019 at 11:32 am #
    Totally making this vegetarian style (cream of mushroom instead of cream of chicken) I’ll let you know how it goes. And yes, when do you add the milk??
    • Bev Weidner January 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm #
      Sorry sorry! It was in the post, but not in the instructions. Updated! (it goes in with the bowl with the rice.))
  6. Emily of The Three Bite Rule January 17, 2019 at 11:42 am #
    Tell us, do the gremlins like it? My 4-year old don't loooove casseroles/food all cooked together but we're working on that...
    • Bev Weidner January 17, 2019 at 12:31 pm #
      They did eat it, yep! Anything cheesy and carby. And they love broccoli, believe it or not!
  7. Nancy January 17, 2019 at 1:40 pm #
    Is it weird that it gives me anxiety that you leave your measuring spoons hooked together? :) I'm with Angie, I love reading your blog!
  8. Jill February 3, 2019 at 3:32 pm #
    Just made it, it was a hit with my baby of a boyfriend.
  9. cat February 5, 2019 at 9:17 pm #
    Pacific brand and Simple Truth (Kroger) both make creamed soups that aren't too bad when looking at the ingredients. I make this dish too but I dice the cheese instead of grating it. This way I get ooey gooey little pockets of cheese, Sooo tasty! Love your blog Bev, it's a bright spot in my day.
    • Bev Weidner February 6, 2019 at 6:56 am #
      OMG I'm all about the ooey gooey pockets of cheese. Doing that next time! :)
  10. Ashley March 20, 2019 at 7:39 pm #
    I grew up on chicken casseroles and this one was super yummy. And while making it, my husband taught me how to grate a block of cheese in the food processor which took 5 seconds as opposed to 5 minutes with the box grater! Win win!

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