Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Craving a warm, cheesy, and unbelievably delicious meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights or cozy weekends? Look no further than the Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole! This casserole combines all your comfort food favorites in one dish – tender chicken, fluffy rice, crisp broccoli florets, and a creamy, cheesy sauce that’ll have you going back for seconds (or thirds!).

Why You’ll Love Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  • Easy-Peasy Breezy: We’re talking minimal prep time and a super short cooking time. This casserole is a lifesaver on busy weeknights when you don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen.
  • Family-Friendly Feast: This casserole is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! It’s perfect for feeding a hungry family or a group of friends, and it’s sure to disappear in a flash.
  • Cheesy Goodness: Who can resist gooey, melted cheese? This casserole is loaded with Parmesan cheese, making it a true cheesy delight.
  • Healthy-ish Comfort Food: This casserole packs in protein from the chicken, vitamins from the broccoli, and filling carbohydrates from the rice. It’s a comfort food win that won’t leave you feeling overly guilty.
  • Endless Variations: Don’t like mushrooms? No problem! This recipe is super versatile and allows you to customize it to your taste.

Ingredients Needed To Make Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  • Chicken thighs
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Cooked rice
  • Chicken stock
  • Kosher salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cream of mushroom soup 
  • Fresh broccoli

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use regular Parmesan cheese?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free Parmesan cheese, but feel welcome to choose your preferred Parmesan cheese option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the cheese of your choice for the recipe.

How To Make Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This ensures the chicken cooks through evenly and the casserole gets nice and bubbly on top.
  2. Grab your 9×13 casserole dish and give it a quick spritz with nonstick cooking spray. This will help prevent any sticking later on, making cleanup a breeze!
  3. In the prepared casserole dish, it’s time to layer all the delicious ingredients. First, add the cooked rice – basmati or jasmine rice work best here, but any leftover rice you have on hand will do! Next, pour in the chicken stock and toss in the chopped broccoli florets. Don’t forget the star of the show – sprinkle in the shredded Parmesan cheese. Now, season everything with half of the Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Give it all a good stir to combine.
  1. Now for the chicken! Place the chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture in the casserole dish. Season the chicken with the remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and another teaspoon of kosher salt.
  1. Pop that casserole in the preheated oven and bake it for 30-35 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). Pro tip: Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature for perfectly cooked chicken every time!
  2. Once the casserole is cooked through, take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. This allows everything to set up nicely, and you won’t burn your mouth!
  1. Now comes the best part – digging in! Spoon out a generous serving of this cheesy, comforting goodness and enjoy!

Variations & Substitutions

  • Veggie Lovers Rejoice! Add diced onions and minced garlic to the rice mixture for extra flavor and a boost of vegetables.
  • Bacon Bits for the Win: For a smoky and salty twist, throw in some cooked and crumbled bacon pieces before baking.
  • Soup Swap: Not a fan of mushrooms? No problem! You can easily replace the cream of mushroom soup with cream of chicken soup or cream of celery soup for a different flavor profile.
  • Crunchy Topping Craving: Love a bit of crunch with your casserole? Before baking, sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs or crushed crackers for a satisfying textural contrast.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs?

Absolutely! You can substitute chicken breasts for chicken thighs in this recipe. However, chicken breasts tend to cook faster than thighs, so keep an eye on them in the oven. You might need to adjust the cooking time by 5-10 minutes to prevent them from drying out.

Can I use different types of cheese?

Of course! While Parmesan cheese adds a classic flavor to this casserole, feel free to experiment with other cheeses you love. Cheddar cheese adds a sharper taste, mozzarella brings a gooey, stretchy texture, and Swiss cheese offers a nutty flavor. Pick your favorite, or even try a combination of a few different cheeses!

How do I store Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole?

This casserole is perfect for meal prepping! If you have leftovers, simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to reheat, spoon your desired amount into a microwave-safe dish and heat it up for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through. You can also reheat the casserole in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.

Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Nothing says comfort like a casserole and this Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole brings all the nostalgic flavors together.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 491kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13 casserole dish
  • Nonstick spray
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Oven mitts

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs chicken thighs
  • 2 ½ tsp Italian seasoning divided
  • 3 cups cooked rice preferably basmati or jasmine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 8 oz Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 16 oz fresh broccoli chopped (frozen can be used)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  • In the prepared casserole dish, add the cooked rice, chicken stock, chopped broccoli, shredded Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp of kosher salt, and 1 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Place the chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture in the casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 tsp of kosher salt and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning evenly over the chicken.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations:
  • Add diced onions and minced garlic to the rice mixture for extra flavor.
  • Mix in cooked bacon pieces for a smoky twist.
  • Replace cream of mushroom soup with cream of chicken or cream of celery soup for variation in flavor.
  • Top the casserole with breadcrumbs or crushed crackers before baking for added crunchiness.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1449mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 390mg | Iron: 2mg
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