Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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One of the BEST broccoli casserole recipes! This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a simple, quick and delicious dinner filled with chicken, broccoli and cheese and topped with buttered bread crumbs! The whole family loves this easy chicken broccoli and cheese casserole.

Casseroles don’t get enough credit for being one of the easiest and most satisfying dinner items! This Chicken and Broccoli casserole is one of the most common casseroles we make, but we also love Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, and Chicken Noodle Casserole.

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole with garlic bread on dish

Chicken, broccoli, and cheese!

Are there any dinner recipes that you can think of that you hated as a child, but love now?? Today’s recipe happens to be one of those…

My mom has been making this Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole for as long as I can remember. It was one of those dinner recipes I cringed about because it was full of BROCCOLI!! Yes, I’d eat the chicken and everything else, but would try to spread the remaining broccoli pieces all over my plate to make it look like I had eaten more than I had.

Now, I can’t get enough of this recipe!! Fortunately, I grew up and love broccoli. I’m still trying to convince my kids they love it too, but in the meantime they can do what I did and just eat around the big, green chunks. 😉 At least the hubby and I and a few of the kids love this recipe, which means I try to add it to the menu plan as much as possible. 😀

Broccoli Casserole ingredients - shredded chicken and broccoli

How to make Chicken Broccoli Casserole:

The beauty of casseroles is that you just throw everything together in a casserole dish and pop it in the oven. This cheesy broccoli casserole is no different! It’s SO simple. All you have to do is follow these steps:

Begin by cooking your broccoli, draining it and placing it in a 9×13 pan. Then layer the shredded chicken on top (for a post all about the best ways to shred chicken GO HERE).

In a bowl, mix together the soup, mayo, lemon juice and cheese and then spread over the chicken.

Put melted butter and bread crumbs in a Ziploc bag and shake to mix. Then pour over the soup mixture and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until heated through.

Switch it up

There are a lot of ways to change up the favors in this dish. Try one of these ideas:

  • Replace the cheddar cheese with something different such as a Mexican cheese blend.
  • Shred a store bought rotisserie chicken or replace the chicken with shredded beef.
  • Exchange broccoli for cauliflower or asparagus.
  • Add some spice using tabasco or red chili flakes.
  • Add a can of black beans.
  • Replace a can of cream of chicken with a can of cream of mushroom.
  • Replace the bread crumbs with french fried onions.

Storage & Freezer meal tips

Store. Just place in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat. To reheat quickly you can use the microwave. Place the leftover casserole in a microwave safe dish, and heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat in 30 second increments until you’ve reached your desired temperature.

You can also reheat in the oven. It takes longer, but the quality of the dish is better than the microwave. Place in an oven safe dish. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until it reaches the desired temperature.

Freezer Meal. Broccoli casserole makes a great freezer meal. Follow the directions as written. Except for adding the bread crumbs. Make sure it is in a freezer safe dish and wrap tightly. Freeze for 2-3 months. When you’re ready to use remove from the freezer, thaw, add bread crumbs and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole close up on plate

We are all about simple, delicious casserole dishes at our house so we are glad to have this chicken broccoli casserole back in the rotation. It’s a Sunday dinner favorite!

For more chicken casserole recipes, check out:

Broccoli Casserole Recipe

5 from 6 votes

One of the BEST broccoli casserole recipes! This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a simple, quick and delicious dinner filled with chicken, broccoli and cheese and topped with buttered bread crumbs! The whole family loves this easy chicken broccoli and cheese casserole.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 459 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts cooked and diced, or shredded
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 package frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 c grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 c bread crumbs
  • 2 TB butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Cook and drain broccoli and put in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.

  3. Layer chicken pieces on top of the broccoli.

  4. In a medium bowl combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and cheese and mix well. Spread over the chicken.

  5. Add melted butter and bread crumbs to a Ziploc bag and mix well. Pour over soup mixture.

  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until heated through.

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Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    My mom used to make this, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try. It tasted just like hers. It is so delicious! I love the breadcrumbs on top! My picky eaters even ate & liked it!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this quick simple recipe that can put dinner on the table in no time. The sauce on this casserole is so good. You will love the convienence of this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t even tell you how much I loved this! it’s cheesy, creamy, but with a little crunch from the breadcrumbs, just makes it even better!

  4. 5 stars
    This casserole tastes just like the one my mom used to make! I loved it as a kid & I am so excited to have found this recipe. it will definitely be on my rotation! It’s creamy with a nice crunch from the breadcrums.

  5. 5 stars
    Been making This recipe for awhile now. My favorite part is the the sauce which puts it over the top. For me its a seMi healthy dish wiTh all the broccoli and chicken!

  6. Super Easy to MAKe. AnANd so so delicious. Thank you for the Recipe! Always looking for something new to try. Much love from ny

  7. I make a simular recipe but i chop the brOccoli up tiny and add about 2-3tbs curry Powder. Its amazing the curry powder is the key ingredient…heaven!!!!

  8. Ive always loved this recipe. It doesnt taste quit the same as it used to. CAMPBELLs changed Something in their soup Ad i used t Put Bay Area SOUedough bread chunks on top,spray with butter, brown, then put lots of cheddar cheese on top, melt and yummmmm. Heavy sigh, now gluten intolerant, and live in colorado. Sourdough is not the same here. Oh WEll i still make this, just dont enjoy it as much.