Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli


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Chicken and rice is a classic dinner combination that can be seasoned and dressed up to create so many different delicious dishes! This Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli has wild rice, a creamy sauce, broccoli, and plenty of seasonings that come together for a warm and comforting meal. Plus, it’s super simple and incredibly inexpensive to make at home!

One of my favorite hacks for making a hearty and affordable meal is to use canned chicken. Canned chicken is great in casseroles or other dishes where you want to add a bit of protein at a very low cost. Plus, you don’t have to cook anything as it’s already cooked for you.

Ingredients for Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli

This dish is super inexpensive to make because it’s made up of pantry staples. I like to buy canned goods in bulk when they have case lot sales at the grocery store so I always have them on hand. I can get a really good deal that way and I don’t have to take as many trips to the grocery store.

To make this Chicken and Rice Casserole, you’ll need:

  • canned chicken
  • Rice a Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice
  • canned cream of mushroom soup
  • canned cream of chicken soup
  • water
  • bag frozen broccoli cuts
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper

How to Make Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli

Making this casserole is so simple. Seriously, this is one that the kids can make. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together, pour it into a baking dish, and bake for about 40 minutes. That’s really it.

If you want, you can skip the mixing bowl all together and pour everything straight into the baking dish and bake it there. That way you only dirty one dish. Just make sure to spray it super well with some non-stick spray.

chicken and rice casserole with broccoli

Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas

If you’re looking for more ways to cut down on your grocery budget, but still want to eat delicious food, you’ve come to the right place. I have so many inexpensive dinner recipes that don’t taste cheap. Here are a few of my very favorite recipes:

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Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 5 oz 5 can chicken, drained

  • 4.3 oz 4.3 box Rice a Roni

  • 10.5 oz 10.5 can cream of mushroom soup

  • 10.5 oz 10.5 can cream of chicken soup

  • 1 cup 1 water

  • 12 oz 12 bag frozen broccoli cuts

  • 1 tsp 1 onion powder

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To a large bowl, add the can of chicken, box of rice, both cans of soup, water, frozen broccoli, and seasonings, and stir well.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Pour the casserole mixture into the baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the rice is tender. Also remember this isn’t a super thick dense casserole! Enjoy.

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  1. This is SOOOOO good. This is the second time making this cassarole and I doubled the recipie so I can freeze some in small containers to take to work for my lunches in the next couple months! Yes, it tastes amazing after defrosting and reheating (reheat at 50% power). Thanks Julia!! You are changing lives, one dinner at a time!! ❤️

  2. Has anyone tried to double this in a deep 9×13 pan? Going to experiment with it tonight to see how it comes out

  3. I’m puzzled by the Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli. In one place it says to bake 40 minutes, in another 50-60. Which is correct?

  4. Made this last night with unsalted cream of chicken and cream of mushroom, added loads of spices and added about 1/2 a cup of shredded Mexican blend cheese to the mix and another 1/2 cup to the top. HUGE hit. I used a 12.5 ounce can of chicken as well. Mine did not come out to $5…was a little more, but it was still a cheap family meal. next time I want to make a salad to go with it. But seriously, awesome, awesome recipe.

  5. This made my house smell so good. Very tasty and inexpensive. Will be making again.

  6. I love this recipe and many of your others! They are delicious and inexpensive to make which is why I love them. With this recipe I’ve noticed I have to increase the baking time because the rice isn’t tender after 40-50mins. Am I doing something wrong? I follow the directions to a T.

  7. I gave this recipe 5 stars for it’s cost, ease, and versatility. Sub cauliflower for broccoli, add shredded cheddar and corn, the possibilities are limitless. I do recommend using sodium free or reduced sodium options…it’s quite salty.

  8. Where are you shopping to get these items so cheap?
    A can of soup here cost close to $3.00.

  9. My family and I did 10 of your recipes with my last paycheck and they were all a hit ! I’m looking at a few of the older $5 meals from last year and wanted to ask if posting a picture of the groceries with the recipe is something you just started recently. I absolutely love it. I have ADHD and taking pictures with me when I went shopping reduced a lot of the “noise” that usually distracts me when shopping and made my trip so much quicker and more organized. I even organized the ingredients in large zip-locs when I got home, based on the pictures. Please keep adding the picture it’s so extremely helpful. Love your channel !!

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