One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Quick and easy One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole that is on the table in only 30 minutes.

I’ve been working on making more quick and easy meals for you all and this is one of our all-time favorites, so I thought it was high time that I shared it with you. Chicken broccoli and rice casserole is a classic dish that so many families love. My kids love the rice, cheese makes everything better, and who doesn’t love nicely seasoned chicken and broccoli to go with it all? The fact that it all cooks together means the dish is a one-and-done kind of meal (it includes your protein, grain/carb, and green vegetable all in one place). Add a side of fresh fruit and your favorite green salad and you have yourself one simple delicious meal.

I love having one pot meals up my sleeve (especially ones that are quick) so on nights that dinner time hits me sooner than I was planning, I have a recipe I can turn to that I know my family will love and that I can get on the table in a hurry. Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole is a favorite because chances are good I have everything on hand to make it. Long live meals made from pantry staples!

More reasons I love One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  • This version is the best because it’s super quick to make, taking only 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • It’s all made in one pot on the stove so you have fewer dishes to wash.
  • No cans of cream of something soup here. Am I the only one who avoids those?
  • The rice is super fluffy and full of flavor since you cook it with broth, garlic, onion, and butter.
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Tips and Tricks for Making Stove-top Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole:

  • No chicken broth on hand? Better than Bouillon mixed with water works great too.
  • Brown rice will not work with this recipe. It takes a really long time to cook and much more water than this calls for. Save yourself the headache and don’t try to make it work with brown rice.
  • This is really good with a little hot sauce on top.
  • You can sub frozen chopped broccoli for the fresh in the pinch. I like to run the bag under a little warm water before adding it to the pan so that the frozen broccoli doesn’t slow down my cooking time too much.

Other dishes that go well with Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole:

Quick and easy One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole that is on the table in only 30 minutes

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4.91 from 10 votes

One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Quick and easy One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole that is on the table in only 30 minutes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ large onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, small bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, I like sharp
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  • In a large skillet or pan (I used a 12 inch skillet), over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion and cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and cook until no longer pink, stirring often.
  • Push the chicken mixture to one side of the pan and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the other side of the pan. When the butter melts, add the rice to the pan.
  • Saute the rice in the melted butter for a few minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the garlic and salt to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Slowly pour in the chicken broth and combine the rice with the chicken mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low, so that it’s still slowly simmering, and add a lid to the pan.
  • Cook without stirring for 12 minutes.
  • After the 12 minute cooking time, add broccoli and stir to combine.
  • Replace the lid and cook an additional 8 minutes or until the broccoli and rice are both tender.
  • Remove from heat and add ½ cup of the cheese and stir to combine. Add the rest of the cheese to the top of the dish. Add the lid and let the dish rest until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve right away.



Serving: 1 of 5 servings, Calories: 537kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 1395mg, Potassium: 639mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1103IU, Vitamin C: 51mg, Calcium: 375mg, Iron: 1mg
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Quick and easy One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole that is on the table in only 30 minutes

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  1. Amy Williamson says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for years. It’s so easy and good! Great for busy days!!

  2. Laura says:

    5 stars
    Really loved this recipe! Super easy and everyone in my house enjoyed it. You can add just about any veggies in addition, so I think I’ll do that next time. Anytime I can get my kiddos to ear more veggies the better! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Bev says:

    5 stars
    Finally made this today and we loved it! What a great, one skillet, tasty recipe!

  4. Brittney says:

    5 stars
    So good!! I was a little concerned it didn’t look creamy like the cream of chicken version I grew up with, but it tastes so good, and once I added the cheese, even better!

    Thanks for sharing good, easy recipes. You are my go to for everything!

  5. Julie Catherino says:

    5 stars
    Super delicious and my husband told me to add it to the rotation of meals! Thank you!

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s a favorite at our house too!

  6. Tonda says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and delicious! I used bone broth and Parmesan along with sharp cheddar.