Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
I've seen and tried MANY of these similar casseroles, but somehow none of them quite match the flavor of this one! My Mom tweaked it to her own taste, and it has stood the test of time! An honest and true favorite in my family for 2 generations now, I can tell you that this one is IT! :)
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 (8 ounce) package frozen broccoli florets
- 8 ounces pepperidge farm herb seasoned stuffing mix (Blue package)
- 1⁄2 cup oleo, melted
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
- 3⁄4 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
- 1⁄4 cup broccoli juice (reserved from cooking the broccoli)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (heaping)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- In a large pan, cover chicken breasts with water, add 2 teaspoons salt and seasonings. Bring to a boil and simmer 1 hour. Let cool and break into large pieces.
- Cook frozen broccoli as per directions, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.
- In a large casserole dish, layer 1/2 chicken pieces, then all of the cooked broccoli, then layer the rest of the chicken pieces.
- Mix soup, mayonnaise, broccoli juice and lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Pour soup mix over chicken & broccoli and poke through to make sure it seeps throughout the casserole.
- Mix stuffing in melted oleo and cover top of casserole with it.
- Bake COVERED at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer to brown the top.
My family loved this! They couldn't get enough of this yummy casserole. I didn't cook the chicken or broccoli first. I just mixed everything up, poured it in the casserole and topped it with the stuffing mixture. It was so simple this way. I added a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and some garlic powder. I left the salt out completely since I didn't boil the chicken.
I used cream of broccoli soup instead and sprinkled a little cheddar on top of the broccoli layer. We enjoyed it!
I have probably made this a dozen times in the past year. My tweaks include a layer of mild cheddar. About 1/3-1/2 cup of the broth made from boiling the chicken added to soup mix to add moisture. I also use skinned dark meat (legs/thighs) and I do not pre-cook the broccoli. It is still cooked enough after baking but still has a little crunch to it. A little modification to our taste but overall this is one of our favorites!