Jolean's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

"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! :)"
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • 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.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Bonnie K.
    This recipe sounds delicious! Just wondering though if I used chicken thighs, would I boil it for the same amount of time? Can't wait to try it!


  1. Realtor by day, Chef by night
    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.
  2. Vickiva
    I used cream of broccoli soup instead and sprinkled a little cheddar on top of the broccoli layer. We enjoyed it!
  3. CookinDiva
    I could not bring myself to make the recipe as directed with 57 grams of fat per person. So I cut the mayo in half and used Lite Mayo. I also cut the butter in half and added a little chicken broth. The resulting dish was wonderful, so it's hard to imagine ever making it the other way. I hope others might give it a try in the lightened version, because it's a great basic recipe!
  4. mwilson
    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!
  5. Cassandra.M
    This was quite good and I think it will be a standard when I need an easy meal, but I did I make a couple changes for ease and health. I chopped and sauteed my chicken (to save time) and used light sour cream in place of mayo to reduce the calories (approx 200 cal less per 1/4 recipe serving), with no loss of flavor.


  1. nursejillian
    Yum! I was worried about boiling the chicken breasts for so long...thought they would be tough. But I made this the way the recipe said to, and my chicken was SO GOOD...falling apart. I was able to just pull it apart with a fork. I used fresh broccoli and steamed it, and accidentally used cream of mushroom instead of chicken, but it turned out great. Will be making again soon! Thanks for the great recipe!
  2. Bobbie S.
    This is really good! I used light mayo and the fat free cream of chicken soup. But I guess I added some fat back in -- I had some shredded cheddar I needed to use, so layered it with the chicken and broccoli. I also used a box of Stove Top Stuffing in place of the seasoned stuffing mix. The box was only 6 oz. -- and not the 8 oz. the recipe called for, but it was plenty and really tasty. I made this for the Cookathon in Memory of Stacky5. I wished I had had the chance to thank her for sharing this wonderful recipe.


Editor's Note: Sadly Stacky5 passed away on Monday, October 20, 2008. Hi! My name is Stacy, and I'm a single Mom who works full-time with 4 kids ranging from ages 9 to 21, a brand new granddaughter named Faith, and a cat named Pubert (we call him Pube) who is also my kid... That's his photo as my icon. Oh, and a new kitten that the kids named "KeeKee" but who I call Little Kitteh. I love them with all my heart! Even though I don't have my parents anymore, their presence is always felt and their love has resonated in my life, even after all this time. You'll find a lot of my posted recipes that refer to "Jolean" --- and that's my Mom. :) I sure do miss her... I love music, especially 70's music, cats, incense & lavalights, candles, and I love to play guitar. I've been called an old "hippie chick," and I don't mind that label in the least. I also love to try other people's recipes and find ones that remind me of my Mother, and those precious memories that I had growing up in a household with such a wonderfully comforting cook...I work full-time in a real estate office as an office administrator. I came to this site looking for recipes that were tried and true. I stayed at this site because I found people who were kind, loving, caring and shared the same interest that I do --- food and cooking. I've saved a lifetime of recipes and learned so much about cooking and ingredients that I actually feel proud of my cooking. I bet my Mom looks down on me with pride every time I cook a new recipe from RecipeZaar, and I bet my Dad cracks up every time he sees me photographing what I've cooked! My daughters have actually gotten into the act, too, and are quite versed in searching for recipes and answers here on Zaar. Makes me proud to be their Mom. RecipeZaar isn't just a "website." It's a lifestyle. And some of the friends I've made here are LIFELONG friends to me --- and in my estimation, those types of people are a rare thing to find in this world. :) P.S. Pube says, "Hello everybody!" ;) <img src="" alt="Image hosted by"> <img src="" alt="Image hosted by"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src=""> <img src=""> <a href="¤t=craftykookaburras.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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