A Southern Grace: casserole.

September 13, 2017



Chicken and broccoli casserole. Does any word elicit a sense of comfort like casserole? I think not.

Casseroles in my experience are always hot, creamy, cheesy, and a little bit gluttonous, which is a combination of qualities that hits the spot when I'm feeling bummed or tired or under the weather. This particular dish contains chicken, broccoli, rice, and cheese, and that mash-up works beautifully to deliver feelings of well-being and contentment.

Happily, you don't have to wait until you need some comfort to make this (or any) casserole--it can be celebratory as easily as it can be soothing!

Chicken and Broccoli Ricerole
(printable recipe)
Serves 8
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped, about 2 cups
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached and shredded
  • 1 cup leftover or prepared brown or white rice
  • 1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9-inch dish and set aside.
In a medium pan, saute the pepper and onion until soft, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together the chicken soup, sour cream, milk, and herbs and spices until uniformly blended.
Stir in the veggies (including the broccoli), chicken, and rice and stir until everything is coated.
Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and top with shredded cheese.
Cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes, until bubbly.
Broil the cheese on top for a minute or two if desired, then let sit 5 minutes before digging in.


Angie's Recipes said...

I am seriously drooling at that gooey cheese topping...this looks so comforting and moreish. Well done, Grace.

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen said...

In my book, absolutely nothing beats a hot cheesy casserole in terms of comfort. This looks DELICIOUS!

Emma - Bake Then Eat said...

Even as a vegetarian I have to say this looks very good and so comforting, anything with melted cheese is good. Melted cheese is my number 1 comfort food.

Agness of Run Agness Run said...

This dish incorporates some delightful ingredients. My mouth is watering right now, Grace!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I honestly started drooling at that first photograph. I almost feel casserole doesn't quite convey the level of food porn this dish is! :P

Omar said...

Yummm, it looks so delicious!

But why aren't you using some tool to make recipe cards for your recipes?
Here is a good one: http://www.recipesgenerator.com

lisa is cooking said...

That golden cheese on top looks exactly like contentment! I love the combination of chicken, broccoli, and rice.

Marcelle said...

Oh. Em. Gee. My tummy growled looking at those pictures!! I would seriously love a big helping of this casserole right now. Total and complete comfort food for sure, Grace!!

Katerina said...

Casseroles are the epitome of comfort food. This is delicious!

The Underground Restaurant Chef said...

Oh My Gosh that looks so amazing. My Grandmother made a chicken and rice casserole that was similar to this. It was to die for. Thanks for sharing you got me hungry now.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

This would make my husband very happy! And, I haven't made a casserole in forever! Thanks for the recipe and making me realize I am overdue for this kind of dish :)