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One-skillet cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole

Total Time
50 min
20 min
30 min
This hearty, cheesy, whole-grain casserole is destined to become a family favorite. It combines tender chicken breasts with broccoli florets and brown rice, binding everything together with a creamy sauce. The cooking starts on the stovetop (and microwave), and a quick stint in the oven melts the cheese and slightly crisps the top.



12 oz, florets

Canola oil

2 tsp

Uncooked onion

1 cup(s), chopped

Uncooked skinless, boneless chicken breast

1 pound(s), cut into bite-sized pieces

Kosher salt

1 tsp, divided

Black pepper

¾ tsp, divided

All-purpose flour

3½ Tbsp

Unsalted chicken stock

1½ cup(s)

2% reduced fat milk

½ cup(s)

Cooked long grain brown rice

2½ cup(s)

Reduced fat cheddar cheese

1 cup(s), shredded, or reduced-fat Colby Jack

Plain fat free Greek yogurt



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 tbsp water. Cover and microwave on High for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Uncover and drain off the water.
  2. Heat the oil in a large (10- or 12-in) cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onion to the pan; sauté 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the chicken, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper; cook until the chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour into the chicken stock. Add the flour mixture, milk, and remaining ¾ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper to the skillet; bring to a boil, and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the rice, ⅓ cup cheese, and yogurt. Carefully stir in the broccoli (pan will be very full).
  4. Sprinkle the remaining ⅔ cup cheese over the rice mixture. Bake until the cheese melts and the casserole is bubbly around the edges, about 15 minutes.
  5. Serving size: 1 ⅓ cups


We call for cooked brown rice, which you can find either in the freezer section (thaw it first) or in shelf-stable pouches on the rice aisle.