Chicken-Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

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Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 big can or 2 small cans of cream of mushroom
  • milk (I use milk not water when making my cream of soup)
  • 2 cups of white rice (I prefer instant)
  • 1 large bag of frozen broccoli (about 16 oz) or 2 small bags (I like it broccoli heavy tho)
  • 1 small block of Velveeta cheese (or an equivalent amount of another, or shredded)
  • Enough Ritz crackers to cover the length of a 9 x 11 glass dish
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken
  • sour cream (optional)
  • salt & pepper

~This is what I did, but you can change it up according to your budget and preferences.~

  • Step 1. Boil a big bag of frozen broccoli {only cover half with water so as it boils on high it will sort of steam them at the same time, that way it won’t turn to mush}
  • Step 2. At the same time, cook a can of cream of mushroom soup {1 large can or 2 small cans} according to directions, adding in a small block of Velveeta cheese {or any other type of cheese you prefer} a few chunks at a time while stirring. {optional: mix in some sour cream, I saw Ree Drummond use this method}
  • Step. 3 While those two things are finishing up, cook up some instant white rice according to directions.  I used about 2 cups worth.
  • Step 4. Drain the broccoli, shut off the soup mixture and get that rice off the burner!
  • Step 5. Chop up the heads of the broccoli real fine like {saying that part in my country girl accent} and why not chop up a small onion, real fine like, as well?
  • Step 6. Layer or mix all of those ingredients together in a 9 x 11 inch glass dish.

Here comes the fun part, and if you are really hungry while making this casserole, you might find yourself guilty of eating a few slithers of the chicken while adding it in 🙂

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  • Step 7. Shred up a rotisserie chicken and mix it into all your other ingredients.
  • Step 8. Add salt & pepper according to your liking.
  • Step 9. Add your soup/cheesy mixture to your baking dish, mixing it in real good with everything.
  • Step 10. Crumble lots and lots of Ritz crackers on top and bake for approximately 30 – 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

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That’s it.  It’s fairly simple once you have done it once.  There are endless ways to make this dish, even adding French fried onions could be good.  Let me know if you like this recipe or have your own special version that is a hit with your family!

Happy cooking,

~Meghan Weyerbacher


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