Mom's Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is my favorite broccoli rice casserole...maybe it's because it's so darn creamy and cheesy I don't even notice the broccoli! :) Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli, microwaved about 6 minutes to thaw
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 12 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (5 ounce) can Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 12 cup celery, diced
  • 1 (5 ounce) can premium chunk chicken (I sometimes use 2 or the large can when I'm treating this as a one-dish meal)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Saute onions and celery in butter until soft. Add chicken, salt, and pepper. Saute a minute or so to marry flavors.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soups, milk, rice, broccoli, onion/chicken mixture. Fold in 2 cups cheese.
  3. Pour into a greased 2 quart casserole dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese (I sometimes use more -- it's terrible, I know! ;).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes uncovered.
Most Helpful

Great!!!!! I like that this broccoli casserole uses real cheese instead of the processed cheese whiz. It was a great way to use up some extra cheese that I had so mine had cheddar plus a little aged gruyere in there which was yummy!!! I also used real chicken instead of the canned because I had 3 chicken legs to use up which was the exact right amount to make 5 ounces! I used 16 ounces of broccoli instead of the ten and it all still fit into the 2 quart casserole dish. Love all the other veggies in this too and the soups and evaporated milk just make it great and creamy good!! I left out the salt because I always eliminate salt when I am cooking with canned soups (they have enough as it is!!) Thanks for posting!! Will make again!!

Chef*Lee October 17, 2008

This is easy, cheesy and delicious. I used one cream of chicken and one cream of celery and made my own evaporated milk with Evaporated Milk. I also used a can of tuna in place of the chicken and fresh broccoli instead of frozen. Thanks for sharing!

pattikay in L.A. October 26, 2007

Love it! I used fresh boneless skinless chicken breast that I cut up and cooked instead of the canned chicken. DELICIOUS :-)

mcgeeac April 19, 2014