Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is one of the oldest, best-loved recipes on my site. As the comments section will attest, it’s received rave reviews from picky husbands, fussy toddlers, and new moms in search of freezer meals.

Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. A lightened up version of the classic casserole recipe.

Growing up, my own mom was the Queen of Casseroles. She wore a crown of Pyrex and carried a scepter of non-stick baking spray. Those last two things are a fib, but she really could rock a 9×13 pan.

Any leftovers in our home were destined to be transformed into a baked dish of creamy, cheesy of “Don’t ask me what it’s called—I made it up.” My childhood brain immediately translated less-than-specific title to mean, “You won’t like it.” I assumed (unfairly) that, beneath that tantalizing top layer of melty cheese, my mom was hiding all manners of unsavory ingredients. Anchovies? Lima beans? Chicken livers? Anything was possible.

To this day, the word “casserole” still makes me a bit uncomfortable, to the extent that I originally titled this recipe “Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake.” It’s unfair to my mom—she’s a good cook—and it’s also rather illogical. After all, “casserole” is basically an abbreviated way of saying, “giant pan of cheesy, gooey goodness, baked until hot and bubbly.” When put this way, the mis-maligned casserole belongs on all of our lists of favorite foods.

Healthy, Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Rice Casserole // Well-Plated

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. A healthy recipe for a classic comfort-food casserole

I think part the reason the word “casserole” makes me want to run and hide my fork is that stereotypical casseroles are used to disguise, rather than celebrate, ingredients—Tuna Surprise, I am looking at you. I assume casseroles to be heavy, bland, and laden with cream of XYZ soup, but it need not be this way.

Although casserole condemnations have some foundation in reality (many of the casseroles out there are far from nourishing), when made properly, they can be an excellent, healthy choice for dinner. I joke about my mom being able to transform any leftover in our fridge into a casserole, but it is true. Casseroles are a fantastic way to use up the extra veggies, meats, and grains that accumulate throughout the week.

Casseroles can incorporate all of the food groups, produce a large amount of food for the same amount of effort, and make for tasty leftovers that are easy to pack for lunch, reheat for dinner, or turn into a freezer meal.

Casseroles, I have judged you too harshly.

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. Easy, cheesy, and healthy too!

In rethinking my approach to the traditional chicken broccoli rice casserole, I knew I wanted to use simple, natural ingredients, include lots of veggies and whole grains, and keep things creamy and comforting—all while being reasonably healthy. Today’s Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is my reinvention of a popular classic.

A mix of brown rice, quickly sautéed chicken, and fresh broccoli, this Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole offers every food group in a single meal. The creamy, bubbly cheese sauce is made with Greek yogurt and cheddar—no canned soup to be found.

Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe. Simple, tasty, and good for you too!

Could I be dubbed “Queen of Casseroles” one day? Aside from the weird premonitions of becoming my mother, I’ll take the casserole-queen title with compliments. Please pass me my Pyrex crown.

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Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe is a healthy version of the classic with NO cream of anything soup. Comfort food you can feel good about!

Yield: 1 2-quart casserole, Serves 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups instant brown rice (if you use white rice or non-instant rice, the cooking time and amount of liquid needed may differ)
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, divided (I used skim)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided (about 6 ounces)


  1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a deep, 9-inch square baking dish or a 3-quart casserole dish.
  2. Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large pot, then add the rice. Return to a boil, add broccoli to the top of the pot, then cover, reduce heat to low, and let cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Most of the rice liquid should be absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the extra virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven or large deep pot over medium-high. Add the chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Sauté until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, about 4 to 6 minutes, then remove to a plate. Being careful not to burn yourself, wipe the pot clean with a paper towel.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup milk. Pour the mixture into the pot, then add remaining 11/2 cups milk. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened, 7-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Dijon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir in the Greek yogurt and 1 cup of the shredded cheese until smooth.
  5. Add the rice and broccoli mixture and the reserved chicken to the cheese sauce, stirring gently to coat. Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.
  • This dish is easily customizable to your tastes and the season. Feel free to swap the rice for prepared farro, quinoa, or another whole grain (adjust the quantity and cooking time accordingly), the chicken for white beans, or the broccoli for any sautéed vegetable of your choice.
  • The entire dish can be prepared up to the point of baking two days in advance. Let dish stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake as directed.
  • To freeze ahead: transfer the filling to a freezer-safe dish, then cover tightly and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake directly from the refrigerator (you will need to add onto the baking time by 10 minutes or so), or let the dish come to room temperature prior to baking, then bake as directed.
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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 6)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 398 Calories
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Sodium: 743mg
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 35g

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  1. My mom rocked some casseroles, too. I love hers but they aren’t the healthiest! :-) Loving this version, Erin!

  2. Please pass the giant pan of gooey goodness! This looks amazing ;)

  3. Yay healthy comfort food! I love healthy versions of casseroles and broccoli and cheese is one of my all time favorite combinations!

  4. Ummmm yeah I definitely just put leftover spaghetti into a casserole dish last night, topped it with cheese, baked it and called it dinner. Apparently I’ve gone full-on casserole mom already. But that won’t stop me from making this yumminess! This is like a cool, hip casserole anyway, I think. ;)

  5. I used to not be a huge fan of casseroles till my mom made a tuna one – I have been hooked since!
    Liking your addition of dijon to this chicken-broccoli-rice casserole! Deeeelish!

  6. haha oh gosh I agree – I can’t do the casseroles that have weird soup in them, they gross me out! But this … this I could absolutely get behind! I’m loving the cheesy broccoli combo!

  7. This looks like a perfect hotdish recipe (ever use that expression?) It is so refreshing to find one without canned soup! Can’t wait to try – maybe tonight – it is snowing in Minneapolis!

    • Laurie, I haven’t heard the word “hot dish” since I lived in MN! I cannot believe it is SNOWING there, ugh. Hang in there and may the force of the casserole/hot dish be with you!

  8. I remember asking my mom what was for dinner in the hopes that she would just say “dessert”. That never happened! Looks like someday you too will rock the 9×13! I love that there isn’t any cream of….in this casserole!

  9. I have such a soft spot for casseroles, my Mom was an awesome cook growing up, but we did have some casseroles with those “cream of whatever” processed soups, I think it was just “those times” so as an I adult, I’ve been slowly updating all my favorites to omit that processed junk, and I’ve fallen in love with them all over again. This is totally up my alley, healthy, but still seriously comforting and cheesy!

  10. I have to admit, when I hear the word “casserole” it does ignite a few shivers, because as you said, anything could be hiding under that delicious looking layer of melty cheese! I love your lightened up version though, it looks healthy and delicious, which are usually not words I associate with casserole!

  11. Good old fashioned cheesy midwest goodness!! My mom uses plain yogurt in her casseroles too! <3

  12. LOL … I’m giggling at the thought of your ‘pyrex crown’, Erin. I’m imagining you with a glass baking dish on your head for some reason. Sorry about that!
    This kind of oozy casserole isn’t really a thing over here in Europe but I’m not sure why. I love how healthy you managed to make this. Maybe I need to become a bit of a European oozy casserole ambassador!

    • Now I’m picturing myself trying BALANCE a pyrex dish on my head and racking up. Thanks for the hilarious mental image. I bet you could start a trans-atlantic casserole craze!

  13. Yum! My husband looooves broccoli casserole so I’m going to have to try this version :)

    • Your husband is a champ Phi! Ben was definitely skeptical at first, but after one bite, he was on board! (I remind myself that this also will be good practice for kids, lol)

  14. This is exactly the kind of meal that’s perfect on a gray and rainy day – totally satisfying and comforting :) It looks incredible and I love that it’s lighter too and thank goodness for no cream of XYZ soup :) Pinned :)

  15. I have a thing against the word ‘casserole’ too. ‘Bake’ sounds so much better to me, even if it’s describing the same dish. So weird. Love that this one incorporates healthier ingredients and is versatile based on whatever’s on hand. I think this one dispelled my ‘casserole’ phobia. :)

  16. The pyrex “crown” made me laugh. My mom didn’t make casseroles but I love ’em anyway. This looks so good and I like how you “healthified” it.

  17. This is one casserole I could handle eating! Love that you were going to call it a “bake.” I probably would have done the same thing!

  18. I love casseroles that don’t have cream of XYZ soup! That single ingredient is the main reason that I don’t make casseroles. Definitely adding this to the dinners to try lisrt

  19. First of all this dish looks absolutely delicious! Secondy, I have an aversion to the anything called goulash. The mere mention of the word and I think yuck! Now, I think most kids don’t think to hear the word casserole. I say it and my kids make faces and “know” they won’t like it. I have to come up with some creative names that don’t end in casserole :D

  20. This. I must make this. Immediately.

  21. Erin! I love this post!! Was laughing and smiling along with you the whole time. . I think it’s awesome that you finally succumbed to the casserole and made it! Casseroles aren’t so bad (esp ones like this!) and they usually freeze tremendously well. love this!

  22. Casseroles are the best for moms! I mean, what’s easier than throwing things in a dish and popping it in the oven? Haha, love this casserole you’ve got! It has all the right ingredients: cheese, broccoli, and rice! Yum yum!

  23. Oh, I love this healthy twist on casserole (and had to laugh at your awesome description of your mom as Casserole Queen)! I have a secret soft spot for all casseroles, but mostly because I was so addicted to those crispy French onions that we put on every single one of them growing up :)

  24. This looks and sounds both amazing and super tasty! I love casseroles, especially when I don’t have much time to cook! :)

  25. Hahahaha you are too funny Erin! Love the story of your mom and what your 7-year-old self interpreted when you heard “I made it up!” Hahaha so funny. This is definitely not your average casserole. It looks awesome!

  26. Mmmmm….this has to be one of my favorite! I’ll never say no to comfort food!

  27. I think that is why I love casseroles so much … they’re not healthy usually! :) You’ve changed the way casseroles should be defined, that is for sure. That broccoli gets to shine, but there is still the rich and cheesiness. What a lovely dinner option! Pinned!

  28. I do love a casserole flecked with green broccoli!

  29. Love this cheesy, cozy comfort food, Erin! All-in-one meals like this are the best – so easy to make, and they always freeze well!

  30. This is my all time favorite casserole! I’ll add crushed Ritz crackers…you keep it healthy ;)

  31. mmm, i love casseroles! yours look delish :)

  32. This looked good, but tasted awful. I followed the recipe to the T. I’m sorry but the Dijon sauce took over the taste, which was bitter. The flavor was not good at all.

    • Hi Nicole,
      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this dish. We and the friends we had over for dinner liked it a lot, but I understand that tastes differ. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not have it work out, so I am sorry that happened here!

  33. Oh my goodness this looks so incredibly delicious! I’m not sure if anyone asked above (I didn’t see it at least), but do you by chance have the calorie count for this? My husband and I are trying to eat fewer calories but still eat the things we love. A calorie count would be super helpful for this!

    • Hi Sarah! I’m so happy to hear that you like the look of this casserole. We really loved it :-) I don’t actually do calorie counts for a variety of reasons, but instead try to focus on healthy, whole food ingredients. I do know there are quite a few free ones available online though if you are interested. Sorry if that’s not the answer that you were looking for, but I hope it at least helps you get to your answer!

  34. We made this over the weekend and it was AWESOME. My husband is super picky and even he liked it. Having the leftovers for dinner tonight. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Hi Emily! I’m so, so excited to hear that your family enjoy this casserole. Thanks for taking time to share your review, and I hope you polished off those leftovers too :-)

  35. I made this last week and it was a hit in my house! My boyfriend thinks my cooking is too “healthy”, so I tried this comforting casserole and he loved it. Great way to make a comfort dish much healthier!

  36. I made this recipe last night — it was absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe exactly but my rice turned out a bit crunchy still… however, that just requires a minor adjustment and a note on the side to myself. I will be making this again!

    • Hi Maya, YIPPEEEE! It makes my day to hear from people who enjoy my recipes. So glad you guys liked it! Rice can vary by brand, so I think with a bit of tweaking, you’ll have it nailed. Thanks so much for taking time to let me know how it turned out (and enjoy the leftovers, if you have any :) )

  37. Can this recipe be halved?

  38. I finally cooked this casserole using your recipe for my birthday yesterday and it was yummy. love it.

    • Lovine, first of all, happy birthday! Second of all, I am so honored that you tried this recipe for your special day and am thrilled to pieces that you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for taking time to share your thoughts, and I hope you had a great b-day!

  39. This looks great and I can’t wait to try it :) I’m finding the 25 minutes a little short to cook the brown rice, so i put it back in the oven. Can’t wait!!

  40. I made this last night for myself and my boyfriend (another law school student). The cheese sauce was absolutely amazing. I only had Grey Poupon Country Style dijon and used 2 teaspoons–it tasted like a cheese and mustard sandwich in liquid form (which delighted me). Because of some of the comments here, I cooked the rice and broccoli a couple minutes extra and ultimately left it sitting for longer than 5 minutes. My rice was perfect, but the broccoli was so soft it kind of fell apart as I folded everything together. I ended up with a little too much rice, ultimately. I filled a 3 quart 9×11 baking dish, so the final product was a little dry. I will play with the ratios next time.

    As you said, I can see this being a fantastic starting point to play around with other variations. A bean and rice version with some shredded rotisserie chicken already has me drooling.

    Thank you for the great ideas!

  41. I LOVE that country style Dijon Sarah! Thanks so much for trying this recipe and for sharing your thoughts. The timing can be a little tricky, because the moisture level in broccoli can vary, as well as the cook time for the rice depending upon the type you use or size of dish. I’m sorry the broccoli was a bit mushy, but I’m glad to hear you liked it overall!

  42. I made this tonight and was very pleased with the results! I am a big fan of Durkee so I used that instead of the dijon mustard. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I was looking through your others and can’t wait to try out something else!

  43. My family loves this casserole! My boys (2 and 4) gobble it up. My 4 year old had four helpings! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  44. FaNtastic!! Everyone in my fam loved it! Ty!

  45. I made this tonight, turned out great, thanks

    • Janet, I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for taking time to leave your review, and I hope you love any leftovers too :)

      • Erin, yes I have plenty left. When I told my husband i was making this he was expecting the mushroom soup version. But I’m not really a fan of mushroom soup so I wanted something different. He was pleasantly surprised!

  46. Hola. Finally a broccoli rice casserole that does not contain canned crap soup. That stuff does the job in terms of thickening and adding plenty of salt, but it just muddies the taste of everything and gives it a bland glumpy texture.

    Although I will always love Campbell’s bean and ham soup, cold, eaten right out of the can. Forgive me.

  47. Hi Erin: I did try it last night. Very yummy. Brilliant idea cooking the broccoli with the rice. Both came out a little underdone on the stove, which was perfect for subsequent baking since they would both soften up in the oven. A couple of the larger florets were still a tiny bit undercooked after baking, but that is easily fixable by trimming them a little smaller prior to cooking. So much better than the cream of whatever version. And plenty of leftovers for lunch! Also, while I know you’re trying to be healthy, I did find that a lot more salt was needed to flavor such an abundance of food. Thanks for the recipe.


    • HI Mikey, thanks so much for letting me know, and I’m thrilled that you liked it! I do tend to error on the side of less with salt, as tastes can vary, and it’s much easier to add more than to take away. Thanks again and enjoy!

  48. I have made this casserole twice now – my husband and I love to have it during the week! It’s simple and healthy. Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

  49. Really well written recipe. Smells delicious

  50. I did this but “Saudi-ized” it for my exchange student son. I dropped the mustard, which I love but he doesn’t, and subbed 1/2 teaspoon of Baharat (kebsah spice blend). It came out rating terrific! Now I have to teach him how to make it.

    One other thing I changed is I made a roux to do the cheese sauce. I can’t make a white sauce by starting with milk and flour so I use a roux instead.

  51. Thanks for posting this recipe! The whole family enjoyed it, in fact it’s my 8 year olds new favorite dish!

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    bland and tasteless. waste of ingredients. went in the trash.

    • Well that’s a harsh assessment. I thought it was very tasty and had it for leftovers for a couple days. I have to ask — when the ingredients are basics like this recipe, what did you expect it to taste like? Thai food? Lasagna?

    • I should have also said — I think the dish needs a lot more salt than the recipe calls for. For such an abundance of food (pound of chicken, pound of broccoli, two cups of rice, two cups of milk) way more than 3/4 tsp salt is needed. But as the cook, you are free to improvise.

    • Hi, I’m so sorry that you didn’t enjoy this recipe! While many other have enjoyed it, everyone has different tastes, and I know it’s very disappointing to try something new and not have it turn out.

  53. Wonderful recipe, very happy with the way it turned out. It Pleased a picky husband and our 2 year old!

  54. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I had to adapt a bit based on the ingredients I had on hand, but it still turned out as the perfect comfort food. The addition of mustard is pure genius and really amps up the cheese sauce. My husband gives it two thumbs up too…it will go into our regular rotation. :)

  55. My family LOVES this!  I made a double batch and now have two casseroles in the freezer (family of 3, so we can do small casseroles).  I’ve frozen this recipe before, and it freezes really well.  My daughter is gluten free, so I used gluten free flower.  Other than that it was perfect for her.  Nice to find a gluten free & healthy casserole!

  56. Made this last night and it is wonderful! I used gluten free flour in place of the regular flower. I also added some red bell pepper and some cyanne pepper. SO GOOD! 

  57. I’m all about dishes that are a guaranteed next-day lunch! Such a great protein/complex carb mix that warms my Canadian belly! This was really good – I just cooked the chicken up with some fresh onion and garlic for some added flavour there :) Will definitely make this again, maybe next time with quinoa. 

  58. A little late to teh game here but do you have to use instant rice?  I have a giant bag of regular brown rice – what changes would you suggest (or should I not bother)?  Thanks!

  59. I was desperately seeking a chicken, rice and broccoli casserole recipe that did not contain canned soup and this was the one! I added garlic, onions and mushroom which I sauted in olive oil. Then added about a half cup of white wine and reduced that. I had already started poaching the chicken in water and herbs when I looked for the recipe. So once that was done, I put a bag of boil-in-bag brown rice into the stock. When that was done I put the broccoli into the stock and blanched it. I left out the Dijon since I added the wine and not that fond of mustard. I made it yesterday and baked it tonight. So good! I tasted it yesterday to test for seasoning and could have just eaten it from the pan. Will definitely use this recipe as a base again. Thank you!

  60. I really like this recipe!  I made it a few weeks for dinner and it was great, so tonight I doubled the recipe and made one pan for dinner and another to freeze.  I was really pleased that the proportions held up well when doubled (this doesn’t always work out).  I definitely suggest making two batches- it doesn’t take any extra work, and you have a great frozen casserole for a night when you’re too busy to cook.  I am expecting a baby in the next couple weeks, so this was a great way to prepare! 

  61. I made a version of your recipe last night for dinner.  I say a version as I had to make quite a few substitutions based on what I had in the house, but hey, that’s how we roll in this kitchen! ;)  I used a mix of provolone and mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar, spicy brown mustard instead of Dijon, only 1.5 cups regular brown rice (not instant), and added celery cuz it needed to be used.  The result? It was still awesome!  I think mine was a little creamier than yours due to less rice.  Even my husband loved it and he originally turned his nose up at the idea of a casserole for dinner!  (Of course, he had to add hot sauce, but he puts it on everything). Thank you!!

  62. I love practical recipes like this.

    Thank you for sharing.

  63. Made this tonight and it was awesome!  I’ve made other chicken broccoli & rice casseroles, but I was looking to try a different flavor this time.  I saw that yours used chicken broth and dijon mustard and I feel like I hadn’t had those flavors in a chicken and rice casserole before so I decided to try it.  I’m glad I did, because my husband, 2-year old son, and I all loved it! My son was opening his mouth wide for each bite, which is a rare thing :)  I really liked the Dijon taste and I didn’t think it was over-powering at all.  I used mostly quinoa mixed with some rice, and I also added in some white beans.  I think I’ll add in some carrots and spinach next time!  Thanks for a great recipe!

  64. Hi Erin! I plan to make this dish tonight and have a few questions first! Can I use precooked chicken? Also, what brand of Dijon mustard do you recommend? Thanks so much!!

  65. I made this casserole last week and my hubby and I both thought it was delicious! I love that it’s a comfort food that’s healthy at the same time with wholesome ingredients! The “reheat value” was great the 2nd day also!

  66. It turned out like soup, really disappointed with this recipe. Waste of money and time…

  67. Hi yes I did follow the directions but there was still a good bit of broth that didn’t cook out with the rice and broccoli and the directions did not specify whether to drain it or not. I used the measurement of broth that you put in the directions so I’m not sure why that happened. 

  68. Came out perfect! I am a not so great cook, something I’m trying to change. This was a great start and I will be looking for more recipes from you. The directions were so easy to follow. 

    Thank you!!!

  69. I am going to try this recipe for dinner, but my brown rice always takes 40-50 minutes to cook so I am worried it won’t get done. I am thinking about cooking the rice fully (separately), my chicken is already cooked (rotisserie) and steam the broccoli (separately) and then adding it all together with the sauce and just baking until brown and bubbly. What do you think?

  70. Making this currently. Looks amazing! Do you have the nutrition breakdown, by chance? Fat, cals, etc

  71. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this as a freezer meal for friends who were expecting, and now that I’m a mom, I make double batches to freeze all the time! Our whole family loves this dish. It’s simple, easy and healthy to boot. Thank you!

  72. I absolutely adore casseroles but have never made one with a rice base. Totally have to try this!

    Lisa Favre

  73. hey girl this looks so tasty! I grew up on casseroles to! My Mom is the best cook! 

  74. I love casseroles. I call them “baked Chopped”.  Your version here sounds amazing. I’m so happy to see other healthful dishes using leftovers. Great “make ahead” advice. I love everything about this casserole. 

  75. I am very guilty of cleaning out the fridge throwing it into a pan, showering it with cheese and calling it dinner!!  Love your casserole and no cream of X!!! :)

  76. My husband (the pickiest eater I have ever met, pickier than our 3-year-old) just went back for seconds of this casserole. I’m sold. 

  77. I am going to make it tomorrow! I have been looking for a recipe that does not use any canned soups. I will check out some of your other recipes! Thank you!

  78. Hi! Can I use sour cream instead of plain yogurt?

  79. -Do not blend up your broccoli in the ninja hoping that your toddler will eat it. The flavor and texture of the casserole becomes unbearable—even I couldn’t eat it. I hate wasting food, but the pan sat in the fridge for a week and then got tossed! Also, I used the fancy mustard with the seeds in it instead of dijon. I guess that could have affected it as well.

    -If I make it again, I will use more chicken and more cheese. The chicken turned out great, but sparse (maybe due to a little extra broccoli). I almost doubled the cheese this time and the hubs asked if there was any cheese in there at all :) haha

    • Hi Savanna! Interesting about the broccoli—I’ve never heard of that before. That wasn’t a part of the recipe, so I’m assuming that was a separate comment? Regardless, I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this recipe. As you can see from the other reviews, it has been popular with many, but everyone has different tastes. The mustard would have certainly affected the flavor, but regardless, I know it’s disappointing to try something new and not have it turn out. I wish you would have loved this more!

  80. My hubby had thirds when I made this over the weekend and brought it to the office for lunch today. Thanks for the great recipe!

  81. This is an awesome recipe! My husband and I just enjoyed it for dinner, and the flavors were amazing. I can’t wait to see if our picky toddler will eat it for lunch tomorrow. Either way, it’ll go into our rotation!

  82. My 8-year old twins loved this recipe. It’s very kid-friendly even for my very picky eater. I warmed up a couple Trader Joe’s frozen organic brown rice packets to make this after work. Thank you!

    • Hooray Sara!!! I am so happy to hear that. Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for taking time to leave your review. It means a lot to me, and is very helpful for others considering making the recipe too.

  83. Cannot even tell you how much we love this! Tweaked it a bit, not because I didn’t think your exact sounded yummy – just adapted to what I had on hand. Shredded rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breasts, sour cream because I was out of greek yogurt, and for the rice I used these YUMMY packets of garlic-y brown rice/quinoa blend from costco. Also – so happy to now know how to make my own “cream of whatever” in place of the canned kind. Again – this was SO GOOD! my first casserole – and I think I may now be a casserole person :). Thank you!

  84. Could you use frozen broccoli in this recipe instead? If so, how would the process be different? Thanks!

    • Hi Katie! I’ve never tried this with frozen broccoli, so I can’t say for certain, but I think that it would work. I would thaw the broccoli first, pat it dry, then add it to the rice as directed. Please note that the casserole may be wetter or mushier, since thawed frozen broccoli is not crisp like fresh.

  85. Do you think you could easily sub out the rice for cauliflower “rice” and follow the directions to a T otherwise?

    • Hi Tara, I actually wouldn’t recommend this. While cauliflower rice is a good swap for recipes like stir-fry or curry when the meal is meant to be served over rice, because the rice bakes in the casserole with the sauce and other ingredients, I’m worried it couldn’t stand up to the cook time and would turn into mush. You could try a different grain like quinoa or farro, but because the rice called for in the recipe is instant and quinoa/farro are not, you’d want to cook them separately, then add them in with the sauce, broccoli, and chicken just before baking. Hope that helps!

  86. This is such a good recipe! Thank you! I followed your recipe exactly except that I didn’t have any Greek yogurt. I substituted light sour cream and it turned out beautifully. So warm, creamy and delicious. I was a little nervous about the 3 T of mustard, since I’m not a mustard fan, but I honestly didn’t taste it in the finished result. Thank you so much! This is definitely a keeper for me and my family!

    Rating: 5
  87. Made this for our family of six–every one of us loved. It also made for good leftovers the next day. 

    Rating: 5
  88. Hi Erin,
    I have made many of your recipes and they’ve all been fantastic! This one is no exception! I’m just confused with the macros you put in at the end… 11g of Carbs? When I calculate the entire recipe at 6 servings, there are over 65 grams of carbs per serving. Have I done something completely wrong in the calculation? 2 cups of dry rice alone divided into 6 servings has more than 11 grams of carbs…

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Carolyn, thanks so much for pointing out that discrepancy! Sometimes MyFitnessPal, which I use to estimate nutritional information for my recipes, can be off. I’ve recalculated and updated the numbers. Thanks again!

  89. It is okay but for someone who can’t really stomach the sour smell and taste of greek yogurt it would be nice to know something we could use as a substitute. I was hoping that since it was so little yogurt it wouldn’t be very noticeable but it’s such an overbearing flavor/scent. Do you have any other ideas aside from greek yogurt? Maybe normal nonfat yogurt? Not as healthy but surely it is still pretty decent. I’m sure I would be completely in love with it if it weren’t for the greek yogurt though!

    Rating: 3
    • Hi Shea, I hadn’t heard a comment about it being too strong before! If it’s not to your taste, I would suggest experimenting with swapping the same amount of low-fat sour cream (assuming you don’t mind the taste of sour cream, of course) You could also try using regular, whole milk yogurt.

      • Hm that will definitely need to be something for me to try. Maybe it’s because I’m just a horribly picky eater and I just do not like greek yogurt haha. But I’ll definitely try it with normal yogurt next time, not a huge fan of sour cream either. I know, I’m terribly picky. I loved how flavorful the chicken was though, I could have just popped it all on a plate and had it for dinner by itself.

  90. Made this tonight and it turned out so yummy! I substituted regular brown rice (just took longer to cook) and frozen broccoli (mixed it in after I added the chicken and rice to the cheesy sauce). Lots easier and couldn’t tell a difference. 

    Rating: 5
    • I am so happy to hear that you loved this Christy! Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to share your modifications. It’ so helpful for me and for others considering the recipe too!

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