{flashback Friday}The Ultimate Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake

A new blogging friend and I were just discussing this dish not too long ago. Recalling how it was those Rice-a-Roni broccoli rice packets, with their processed powdered fake cheese, that got us through our freshman year of college. I loved that stuff. But thankfully there’s a more mature version that tastes like a million and two times better, and is much better for you. It’s one of my favorite dinners and I knew it was worthy of a Flashback Friday repost. It’s taken me a long time to finally land the perfect chicken broccoli and rice bake. There are so many out there and this has the best of all of them mixed into one creamy, cheesy delicious dish. I have very picky eaters, when the kids ask what’s for dinner chances are I’ll be met with at least one groan. Unless I’m making this. I think this is the only dish that every single kid gets excited about when I tell them what I’m making. And it even has broccoli in it. You can’t get much better than that. It’s a good thing it makes lots because everyone will be going back for seconds!

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake
Cook chicken in the crock pot on low for 5-6 hours then shred. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat, add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until rice is translucent, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, cream, half-and-half, and salt and bring to a boil.

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake
Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer 20-25 minutes. Preheat oven to 400. Add 3 Tbs water and broccoli florets in a microwave safe bowl, cover then microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. When the rice is done, remove from heat and stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese, cayenne, chicken and broccoli florets. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish.

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake
For the topping, melt butter in small pan and sauté bread crumbs until lightly brown. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded cheese on top then cover with bread crumbs.

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake
Bake uncovered until the sauce is bubbling around the edges and the top is golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake

2 tablespoons butter
1-2 heads of broccoli
1 1/4 cups long grain white rice
4 cups chicken broth
3/4 cups heavy cream
½ C half-and-half (or milk)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 chicken breasts
Topping:
1 C shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
¾ C bread crumbs
3 Tbs butter

Cook chicken in the crock pot on low for 5-6 hours then shred. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat, add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until rice is translucent, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, cream, half-and-half, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer 20-25 minutes. Preheat oven to 400. Add 3 Tbs water and broccoli florets in a microwave safe bowl, cover then microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. When the rice is done, remove from heat and stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese, cayenne, chicken and broccoli florets. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. For the topping, melt butter in small pan and sauté bread crumbs until lightly brown. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded cheese on top then cover with bread crumbs and bake until the sauce is bubbling around the edges and the top is golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

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25 thoughts on “{flashback Friday}The Ultimate Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bake

    • Whisked Away says:

      It really is one of my favorite comfort dishes and since it’s winter over here in New Zealand it is making a regular occurrence at our table! I hope you get a chance to try it, especially when it’s winter in your neck of the woods!

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    • Whisked Away says:

      Thank you Julie! It’s funny how such a simple thing like the bread crumb topping can make such a big difference! I hope you get a chance to try it, have a wonderful day!

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  1. Once Upon a Spice says:

    I wanted to let you know that I tried this wonderful recipe today & it’s, well, Wonderful! Your use of pure ingredients got my attention & while I was a fan, I am now a bigger fan 😉 Delicious!

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