Easy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole – The Freezer Meal of Champions!

Sep 13, 2021 | Food, Freeze, Recipes, Shelf Cooking

This chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe is the perfect thing to make when you want to use up leftover rice or chicken! Just mix everything up in a casserole dish and pop it into the oven. No extra dirty dishes!

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This creamy, dreamy chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe is from our friend Melissa, over at Beautiful Life and Home, and it is soooo good! Full of cheesy, rice-y goodness—even your kids will be begging for more! But really, could there be a better way to eat broccoli? 😉

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With only a handful of ingredients, this chicken broccoli rice casserole is a breeze to make any night of the week. Bonus: It's quick to whip up! In less than an hour, you'll have a piping hot meal on the table everyone will love. Dinnertime win!


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It's super easy to use leftovers in this chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe! Simply grab some leftover rice and chicken and you literally can just dump it all in a casserole dish and bake. How easy is that?

No leftovers to start with? No worries—it's easy to make from scratch, too. That means you'll need to make some rice (instant rice is fine) and bake some chicken. But both of those things are pretty darn easy, so don't sweat it!


There are plenty of substitutions you can make in this chicken broccoli rice casserole to use up what you already have on hand. Here are some of our favorite tried-and-true subs!

  • Broccoli – Fresh or frozen will work in this recipe, but you'll want to steam it first! We steam broccoli (frozen or fresh) in a special plastic steamer in the microwave. For fresh broccoli, microwave on high for two minutes. For frozen broccoli, microwave on high for two-and-a-half minutes.
  • Chicken – This recipe calls for cooked chicken breast cut into chunks, but any chicken will work great! Shredded, dark, light, canned… They will all taste amazing!
  • Rice – Again, as long as your rice is cooked, any type of rice works! (Oven-baked rice is the easiest because you don't have to stand over it, constantly stirring!)
  • Cheese – This recipe doesn't specify a type of cheese, so use whatever you have. Cheddar works great, but seriously, don't be afraid to use whatever variety you have stuffed in the back of your fridge!
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – Out of cream of chicken? Use cream of mushroom instead or make your own!

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Yes, you can! This is one of those recipes that is really hard to mess up. If you happen to have more rice than called for, or less chicken, no worries! Just dump it all in and mix it up – it'll still taste great! The only thing we would advise against is using TOO much more rice since it will dilute the flavor of the sauce.


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This dish is a great stand-alone meal! However, we always love a good side dish, so here are a few of our favorites!

So yummy, right?! Only one more tip before we get to the deliciously easy recipe!


Like the title says, this chicken broccoli rice casserole is a freezer meal of champions! Go crazy and make a double batch—one for now and one for later! Simply put your casserole together in a covered airtight, oven-safe container (foil pans work great!) and pop that baby in the freezer for another busy weeknight meal.

When you're ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake as usual. Easy as pie… er, uh, casserole!


Alright, let's get on to the chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe already! Easy, quick, and delicious… This will become a staple in your home for sure!

Chicken broccoli rice casserole in a dish on the counter from Fun Cheap or Free.

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This chicken broccoli and rice casserole is the perfect thing to make when you want to use up leftover rice or chicken! Just mix everything up in a casserole dish and pop it into the oven. No extra dirty dishes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 4 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1-2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces or shredded
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Mix the cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a large casserole dish.
  • Add the steamed broccoli, cooked rice, cooked chicken, and shredded cheese. Stir everything together.
  • Cover and bake for 30-40 minutes, until cheese is melted and everything is hot.


Double and freeze one for later! Triple wrap tightly with foil and freeze. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight. Bake like normal. (It may take a little longer for everything to heat up when baking from cold – cover with foil if cheese is browning too quickly!)
Keyword easy

You won't even have to worry about doing the dishes—you'll be licking your plate clean! (Juuuust kidding! Please still wash your dishes, even if they look clean!) Enjoy!

What's your favorite way to eat broccoli rice casserole? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Jenny

    This looks absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!

    • FunCheapOrFree

      It’s so good! Let me know how you like it!

  2. Marketing Hub

    Feel free to swap rice with quinoa or another whole grain substitute and the broccoli for any sauteed vegetables. It all depends on your and your family’s preference.

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Most definitely, that’s so true! Or do a little shelf cooking and swap it out with whatever you have on hand that needs to be used up!

  3. Kelly Dunmall

    Hey can I freeze this?

    • Jordan Page

      Yes! Just make sure that you put it in a freezer container like this one 🙂

  4. Linda

    5 stars
    Love this easy recipe! I try not to use canned soups so I mixed the drippings from my chicken (after cooking it in my crockpot) with some mayo and cream cheese and the taste was amazing! Love how you can just mix everything together. Leftovers were just as good the next day. Will definitely make this again, and again.

    • Fun Cheap or Free

      Wow! thanks for sharing, this is awesome. We love adapting to what works for you and your needs! Shelf Cooking at it’s finest.

  5. Allison

    Can you make it without mayonnaise? Any suggestions on substitutions?


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