a 5 ingredient weeknight wonder – broccoli chicken casserole

Happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to share a recipe that is a wonder to me – because it has only 5 ingredients but is absolutely packed with flavor.  You can sub out things in this recipe (like a different rice, for example) – but I highly recommend you using the exact components, in order to get the kind of flavor this recipe has.

A great weeknight staple in my house is this broccoli chicken casserole – it’s easy to put together, makes a good serving size, and gets my daughter to eat her veggies!  I wish I could say the same for myself, because I portion out a serving without broccoli because I don’t eat veg.  It’s kind of annoying, but do-able, if you non-veggie eaters in the house.

You can also make this with 6 components and add the breadcrumbs if you’d like, making it even more delicious They make a nice little crunch on top, though, so I highly recommend them!

Below is the super simple and super delicious recipe.

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • chopped broccoli (I used two small heads)
  • Zatarain’s Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix — this adds SO much flavor and can be found in almost any grocer
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (could sub with cream of mushroom if you prefer that flavor)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (or could substitute with chicken stock)
  • (optional) panko breadcrumbs to top

Pantry items – extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees and putting your diced chicken breast on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and add some salt and pepper.  Toss so it’s evenly combined.  Cook in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.  Cooking the chicken ahead like this creates a different crust/crunch and texture on the chicken, which goes really well in the dish.

As the chicken is cooking, cook the rice to package directions.

Once both the chicken and rice are cooked through, turn the oven down to 400 degrees.  Combine the chicken, rice, chopped broccoli, cream of chicken soup, and milk all together in a baking dish. (yes, it is this easy!)

Top with panko breadcrumbs if you desire/have on hand.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  If you add the breadcrumbs, broil for an additional 2-3 minutes to get them crispy/crunchy on top.

Let it sit and come back together for about 5 minutes.  And that’s it!  So easy and so delicious!  It makes just as good of leftovers too!   I usually add a little bit of chicken stock to loosen it back up when reheating.

See pics below!

Enjoy!!

xo, tess

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