Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

I’ve just discovered an entire new world of cooking. I confess: when I saw the various “pins” on freezer meals over the last six months, I might have- once or twice- rolled my eyes. But then I was trying a new recipe that also had freezer instructions. So I went ahead, doubled the batch, cooked half, and froze half. A couple of weeks later I thawed it out, tossed cheese on it, and had dinner done with less than 3 minutes effort. I’m converted. If you have a great freezer meal, please comment letting me know! I’m always looking for new ones. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole (option to be a freezer meal) As I said above, this recipe is great because you can either bake it immediately and serve –or- freeze it for later. Ingredients:

  • 5 C. cooked white rice
  • 4 C. cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 C. broccoli, chopped (frozen)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of broccoli soup
  • 4 C. shredded cheddar, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil frozen broccoli in approx. 2 cups water for 3 minutes. Remove broccoli, reserving water.
  2. Combine rice, chicken, broccoli, soups, 3 cups of cheddar, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup of reserved broccoli water if needed to moisten (I always need it).
  3. Grease a 9” x 13” casserole dish. Cook for 20 minutes, uncovered, at 350°. Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese over casserole. Cook additional 5-10 minutes.
  4. ~ For freezer meal, do steps 1 & 2. Divide into two large ziploc freezer bags. (Optional: Tape 1 C. shredded cheddar in snack bag to main bag.) Freeze flat. To serve: thaw out overnight in the fridge. Cook as normal. [Use 1 bag for small casserole or 2 for 9” x 13”.]

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole (option to be a freezer meal) A couple of quick tips to make life easier:

  • A KitchenAid stand mixer shreds chicken in under a minute. Yep, really.
  • Freeze this (or any freezer meal) flat. Easier to store/allows for better use of storage space.
  • Some people recommend writing instructions on outside of bag. Since I re-use mine, I don’t do this. Instead I write the instructions on a piece of paper that is taped inside the cupboard next to the freezer. Easy to access, don’t have to re-write, and it’s out of the way.

Here’s how your freezer bags should look before and after freezing: Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole (option to be a freezer meal)Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole (option to be a freezer meal) Let me know if you like the recipe, Jennie, aka TheHousewifeModern ~If you still have room after this, how about the most ridiculously rich and delicious dessert you’ll ever eat? Layered Red Velvet & White Chocolate Cheesecake.
~Or, if you’re in the mood for something easy, how about “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Muddy Buddies”?

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4 thoughts on “Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole”

  1. That is one awesome looking recipe. I could just dive in with a fork right now. Thanks for sharing because I just might try it this weekend. Blessings… 🙂

  2. I love the idea of having meal on hand in the freezer, I have been doing more of this lately. And this recipe would work well for my son to carry to work with him for reheating.

    Would love to have you party with me. Stop by if you have a chance and share your blog.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Karren

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