Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole is an easy-to-make dish that is nothing but comfort food. Creamy, cheesy goodness envelopes chicken and broccoli to create a casserole that everyone will love.
The creamy chicken and broccoli casserole is one of our favorites to make for almost any occasion or any reason, really. It is so easy and so good that it makes the perfect dish any time anywhere.
The recipe is all about creamy, cheesy comfort, and of course, adding broccoli immediately makes it a healthy dish – well, healthy-adjacent, anyway.
Seriously, though. Although the recipe is full of cheese, it’s also full of lean protein from chicken breast and the health benefits of broccoli, so it’s definitely a dish that you can indulge in without feeling like it’s devoid of nutrition.
Far more important to us foodies, however, is how delicious this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole is. Cream cheese and parmesan combine with creamed soup to create a creamy base that the chicken and broccoli pair so incredibly well with.
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole – Easy, Delicious, and Versatile
This dish really is the trifecta. It’s so good and so easy. It’s the perfect meal for an easy weeknight dinner or any get-together for any occasion. From pot-lucks to holiday gatherings, it makes a great dish to bring to the party that will leave everyone satisfied.
When you think of delicious foods, casseroles usually come to mind first. At least, for us they do. There’s something about a single dish cooked up with multiple ingredients that just exudes delicious comfort for anyone who loves food.
Get ready to love this casserole even more when you see the ingredient list. I’m not kidding when I say this recipe is super easy.
You only need a few ingredients to make this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole. You’ll most likely already have all of them in your pantry and freezer, so it’s the perfect dish to use what you already have. If for some reason you don’t have all the ingredients, they’re all readily available at your local grocery store. There’s nothing fancy here. To make this casserole, you’ll need:
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Frozen or Fresh Broccoli
- Cream Cheese
- Garlic Salt
- Cream of Chicken or Cream of Broccoli Soup
- Parmesan Cheese
That’s it. As you can see, this is an incredibly short list of ingredients. What makes this list even better is how you make it. There’s nothing to it. There’s next to no cooking involved at all.
Making the Casserole
To make this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole, you hardly have to do anything at all. Simply melt the cream cheese, milk, and cream of chicken in a pot, adding garlic salt and salt and whisking until well-combined.
After that, layer chicken and broccoli in a baking dish and pour the cream cheese mixture over the entire thing, mixing until well-combined.
Finally, bake at 350 for about 40 minutes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
See? That wasn’t hard at all. It takes almost no effort and just as little time to get this recipe off and running, which makes it the perfect dish for anything. Because it’s always an easy, fast option.
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole Variations
As you might have noticed, many of our dishes are incredibly kind to experimentation, and this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole is no exception. You can change a few things or all the things – whatever floats your casserole boat – to change this dish’s flavor subtly or by leaps and bounds, the choice is up to you, which is one of the reasons we love this recipe so much.
Use Different Vegetables
Broccoli works so well in this dish, but you can use any vegetables you’d like. The creamy base works with almost any vegetable you can think of. Some of our favorites include:
- Mixed Vegetables
Those are just OUR favorites. If you have other veggies that you really love, give them a try in this dish. Chances are, they’ll work out splendidly.
Fresh or Frozen Works
Of course, fresh veggies are best if possible, but if you’re in a pinch or you already have frozen vegetables, by all means, use them.
Frozen vegetables work just as well in this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole as fresh ones. And we always have bags of frozen broccoli and cauliflower in our freezer so they are always a go to veggie.
Try Different Soups
We generally use cream of chicken or broccoli for this casserole, but you can change the flavor a bit by using different cream soups. Any cream soup will work. Any soup substitution you make will change the flavor of the sauce a bit, but it will still work so well with the chicken and veggies. It’s worth giving it a try. Some great choices are:
- Cream of Chicken
- Cream of Broccoli
- Cream of Celery
- Cream of Mushroom
- Cream of Potato
Top with More Cheese
We love the flavor of parmesan sprinkled on top of this casserole, but if you’re all about living the cheese life to its fullest, you can add another twist to this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole.
Consider topping the casserole with shredded cheese in the last 20 minutes or so of baking. Use any white cheese that strikes your fancy. Almost any of them will work. That last 20 minutes of baking will get the cheese on top all melty and delicious.
Serving Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
This one-dish meal is easy to serve. Just spoon it up on a plate, and that’s that. It’s as easy to serve as it is to make. It’s the main course and the sides all rolled into one!
Storing Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
This casserole will last for 3 to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze it, as well. Use an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bad to store this casserole in the freezer for a couple of months.
With a dish this simple, there’s not much left to say, so let’s cover the highlights before you go to be sure you make the best creamy chicken and broccoli casserole ever.
Q: Can I use different vegetables in this dish?
A: Absolutely. Almost any vegetable will work well in this dish. Also a great way to use up some of the ones you may have to use up.
Q: Can I use frozen veggies?
A: While we love fresh vegetables whenever possible, frozen works just fine in this dish and make it even easier to make.
Q: Can I use different cream soups?
A: Yes. Any cream soup will work for this recipe. We recommend trying different ones for different flavors.
Q: How long will this casserole last?
A: Creamy chicken and broccoli casserole will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze it for up to 2 months.
Give This Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole a Try
Packed with chicken, broccoli, and creamy, cheesy goodness, this creamy chicken and broccoli casserole is always a real crowd-pleaser. When you combine that with how delicious this casserole is, you get a recipe for the ultimate weeknight meal or pot-luck addition to any event.
If you’ve been looking for a new chicken or casserole recipe to add to your rotation, you’ve found it. This creamy chicken and broccoli casserole never lasts long in our house, and I know it won’t in yours, either. Give it a try!
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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (cubed)
- 2 boxes of Frozen or Broccoli
- 8 oz. of Cream Cheese
- 3/4 cup of Milk
- 2 teaspoons of Garlic Salt
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- 1 can of Cream of Chicken or Cream of Broccoli
- Parmesan Cheese
- Start by melting your cream cheese, milk, garlic salt, salt and cream of chicken in a pot.
- Whisk until well combined.
- Layer chicken and broccoli in a 9×13 baking dish.
- Pour cream cheese mixture over chicken and broccoli, and mix until well combined.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, until chicken is browned and done.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
- Serve and enjoy!