This chicken and broccoli casserole is the stuff of cheap, easy, and quick dreams for your weeknight family dinner! A classic in my house, you won’t be disappointed.

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How was everybody’s Easter yesterday? Ours was full of family and church and lots and lots of chocolate. Seriously I think Charlotte ate her weight in candy. She loves it when Grandma’s in town and in charge of buying the basket-fillers.

IMG_2247We had our Easter egg hunt over at my sister Nikki’s. They just got back from Disneyland so this was the first time they met Truman. After a few minutes of chatting when we arrived, Nikki all the sudden goes, “Oh my gosh, Karen, you’re wearing normal clothes. When you walked in I thought to myself, ‘Man, Karen’s lookin kinda fat today.’ But you look good for having a baby a week ago!” I think she wins the back-handed compliment of the year award. Still though. I’ll take it.

IMG_2245So I know “Chicken and Broccoli Stuff” may not sound very appetizing, but this casserole is bomb. (Oh yeah I just said that.) My mom made this for us all growing up. She was feeding 5 kids on a budget, so that right there tells you several things about this recipe: it’s cheap, it’s delicious, it makes a ton, and if we’re being honest with ourselves, is probably not the healthiest casserole ever made. But it is dang good. It’s similar to the Poppyseed Chicken I posted a few weeks ago. But hey this one’s got broccoli in it! Yum.

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Chicken and Broccoli Stuff

My mom made this Chicken & Broccoli casserole for us all growing up. She was feeding 5 kids on a budget, so that right there tells you several things about this recipe: it's cheap, it's delicious, & it makes a ton.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 2 10 oz cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 & 1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
  • cooked rice

Instructions

  • Cook the broccoli according to package directions. Steaming or microwaving them is the best way to retain nutrients. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the next 11 ingredients (cream of chicken soup-black pepper). A word on the spices: I totally just made this up. You can season (or not season) it however you want. These are just ideas.
  • Add the cooked broccoli and the chicken. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch pan.
  • In a medium bowl melt the butter. Add the panko bread crumbs and stir to combine. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the chicken mixture.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until it is bubbly and the top starts to brown. Serve over hot rice.

Notes

Source: my awesome mom

Nutrition

Calories: 380 kcal, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 22 g, Fat: 27 g, Saturated Fat: 11 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 546 mg, Potassium: 380 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 788 IU, Vitamin C: 52 mg, Calcium: 224 mg, Iron: 2 mg