If you happen to have selective eaters residing in your household, you are likely familiar with the challenges that arise during dinner time. The task of pleasing everyone, particularly if you have children who would rather indulge in a bowl of Doritos for their evening meal, can be quite daunting.
Personally, I am constantly on the lookout for inexpensive dinner ideas that can be quickly prepared during hectic school nights. And without fail, this delightful cheesy rice casserole always receives an overwhelming positive response! To make things even more convenient, I have modified this scrumptious recipe to require canned chicken, instant rice, and frozen broccoli. Your gratitude is most certainly appreciated.
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
- 1 (12.5oz) can chunk chicken breast (drained)
- 2 cups frozen broccoli (thawed & cut into bite size pieces)
- 2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
- 1 (10.5oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups crushed corn flakes
- 4 tbsp butter (melted)
- salt, pepper, & garlic powder to taste
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
2In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the corn flakes and melted butter.
3Press the mixture down into your greased baking dish, and then sprinkle the crushed corn flakes over top.
4Evenly drizzle with melted butter.
5Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until it’s heated through and the corn flake topping is golden brown.
- 1-2 (10oz) cans of drained chicken will also work! That seems to be the more common size, but I buy the larger cans from Costco. You can alternatively use about 2 cups of any cooked chicken including rotisserie or grilled.
- I recommend Instant rice if you’re looking for a quick meal. 2 cups of rice only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.
- Any vegetables can be used for this recipe as long as they are slightly cooked or blanched first. Soft veggies such as corn, mushrooms, or zucchini can simply be thrown in the mix without cooking.
- This is also a great side dish for dinner! Simply leave the chicken out of the recipe and serve it with any protein such as grilled chicken, steak, sausage, bbq, or fish.