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This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

one pot cheesy broccoli rice casserole

I talk about the importance of family meals all the time on my blog. My husband and I don’t always agree on everything, but sitting down and having dinner as a family has always been something both of us completely support. In a time when our kids (and let’s face it, the adults) more often than not have their attention on an electronic device rather than each other, its truly important to hold something like family dinner sacred.

ingredients for one pot cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole

I love me some good old fashioned comfort food. What does comfort food look like to me? Well, it has to be reminiscent of some kind of family meal we enjoyed while growing up. Comfort food usually comes in the form of a protein, a starch, and a veggie all tied together is some sort of hot cheesy concoction.

cooked chicken broccoli rice casserole

I call dinner like this The New Comfort Food because it doesn’t require too many ingredients, its easy to make, its not difficult (i.e. chop, cook, and clean only one pot), it takes very little time to make (which is crucial on a busy weekday), and it will not only fill our bellies but will make us feel good. There are a ton of chicken + broccoli + rice + cheese recipes out there so you certainly have your options, but I think this version is particularly fantastic. It has everything I want in a meal and goes perfectly with a nice green salad on the side. Enjoy!

a cheesy bite of chicken broccoli rice casserole

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Prep20 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Total40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!



  • 1 10 ounce microwavable pouch brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms chopped
  • 1 - 1.5 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 ounces 4-5 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups about 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt according to preference
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat a large 12 inch ovenproof skillet or 8 quart dutch oven over high heat. Add oil and butter and once heated, add chicken. Allow to cook for a few minutes until it turns golden brown. Add onion and mushrooms, stir, and cook until most of the liquid has cooked out, 5-10 minutes.
  • Cook rice according to package directions; drain.
  • Cook broccoli in microwave by added a tablespoon of water, covering bowl with a plate, and heating on high for 2 minutes. Drain off any excess water.
  • Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  • Stir milk mixture into chicken mixture in skillet.
  • Cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and thick, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in rice, broccoli, and half of the shredded cheese, along with the salt and pepper.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Preheat broiler to high and broil 1 minute or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love an easy one-pot dish! This came together perfectly for a delicious meal with my fiance! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This chicken broccoli rice casserole is so delicious! The whole family loved this flavorful recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow. Just wow. What an incredibl easy and delicious recipe you have here! It’s the perfect comfort food, especially with all the butter and mushrooms!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! And we love the pouch rice idea…time saver and keeps this a one-pot meal…the way weeknight meals were intended. Great recipe…thanks!