Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole With Rice

Delicious cheese sauce transforms an ordinary casserole into my cheesy chicken broccoli casserole recipe with saffron rice, tender chicken, and broccoli florets. It’s destined to be a new family favorite.

Spoonful of cheesy chicken broccoli casserole.

Cheesy sauce, yellow saffron rice, tender chicken, and broccoli, this casserole spells comfort food with a capital “C” for me. My mother used to make this almost weekly. It was one of her favorite casseroles to make (next to country casserole) because of how quick and easy it was to throw together. She usually made it the night before and left us instructions to put it in the oven around the time she left her office (she was a real estate agent for several years when we were teens). A comforting and filling supper awaited us on those nights!

Now, do you see those 4 ingredients listed at the top of the last paragraph? That’s all you need to make this cheesy chicken broccoli casserole recipe, plus milk to make it extra creamy. When I say it’s quick and easy, you know I mean every word. Just cook the rice, combine the cheese sauce and milk and mix it with the remaining ingredients, and then pour this into a casserole dish. In 30 minutes your cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole will be ready to serve.

Chicken, cheese, broccoli, and rice, what more could you want for an easy weeknight supper, right? Many similar casseroles (like this one and this one) use cream of chicken soup or something similar for that creamy base, but we’re forgoing that and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese and opting for cheese sauce instead. Are you ready to give it a go?

ingredients for Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Recipe Ingredients

  • Canned or cooked chicken
  • Cheese sauce (such as cheez whiz)
  • Saffron rice
  • Frozen broccoli florets
  • Milk

How to Make Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Cooked rice

Prepare rice according to package directions.

Combine milk and cheese sauce in small bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together milk and cheese sauce.

I actually microwaved mine for a minute to make it easier to blend.

In different bowl, add broccoli, chicken, and rice.

In a large bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli, and cooked chicken.

Add cheese sauce to other ingredients.

Pour cheese sauce over it. 

Mix ingredients together.

Stir all of that up really well until it looks like this.

Spoon into casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Spoon into a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Spoonful of Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole.

YUM! Enjoy this easy chicken casserole!


  • Store leftover cheesy chicken rice casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat in the microwave.
  • You can also freeze leftover casserole for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • Want to make a homemade cheese sauce from scratch? Use this recipe. If you do it this way, omit the milk entirely.
  • You can really use any cooked chicken in this chicken casserole recipe, including canned chicken, leftover rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken breast, or cooked chicken thighs.
  • Feel free to substitute the frozen broccoli for fresh broccoli florets instead.
  • If you prefer, substitute the saffron rice for brown rice, long grain rice, or jasmine rice. I just dont recommend using instant rice.
  • Garnish your chicken broccoli bake with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
  • For extra crunch, sprinkle a 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs on top of the cooked casserole and place this under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Another option is to use crushed Ritz crackers.

I have a feeling you’ll also enjoy these easy casserole recipes:

Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe (Easy and Delicious)

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Jiffy Corn Casserole

Sloppy Joes Casserole

Meatloaf Casserole

Beef Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Delicious cheese sauce transforms an ordinary casserole into a cheesy chicken broccoli casserole with saffron rice.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, casserole, cheese, chicken, rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 265kcal


  • 1 16-ounce jar cheese sauce (like cheez whiz)
  • 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 10-ounce package saffron rice
  • 1-2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Prepare rice according to package directions.
    1 10-ounce package saffron rice
  • Place cheese sauce and milk in a bowl, heat for one minute in the microwave, and stir to combine.
    1 16-ounce jar cheese sauce (like cheez whiz), 1/2 cup milk
  • In a large bowl, place cooked rice, broccoli, and chicken. Add cheese sauce mixture and stir until well combined.
    2 cups frozen chopped broccoli florets, 1-2 cups cooked chicken
  • Spoon into a 9x13-inch casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly.


Calories: 265kcal
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This post was featured on Meal Plan Monday and Weekend Potluck!

This recipe was originally published in 2008. I updated the photos and post in 2020. 

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  1. I think I might have found a new recipe for our monthly church pot luck. I’ve taken chicken enchiladas for over a year, and I need a new recipe that everyone will “O-O-H” and “A-H-H” over!

    I hope the teenage boys will like it.

  2. Oh yeah, Velveeta would be easy peasy to substitute! Just nuke that stuff and stir in the milk just like we did the cheez whiz. Don’t you forget to lick the bowl for me, now!!!!

    Ugh, I love velveeta……..

  3. Holy cheesy! I’m getting my first delivery of fresh locally grown veggies this Friday and one of them is broccoli! I’ll be adapting this recipe for the weekend! I might add some water chestnuts for crunch.

    I was going to get Velveeta for the cheeseburger soup so could I just use that instead of cheez whiz type stuff?

  4. ~blinks and sputters~ BEER? In broccoli and cheese? Sounds like my brother got a hold of that kitchen! Wow. I’m gonna go hear you sing first thing in the morning after I get the kids off to school. My three year old is sleeping up against me right now because I haven’t had the heart to carry her to bed yet!

  5. I love me some Broccoli and Cheese anything! Well.. except when I went to a certain restaurant and they had added beer in it.. That was a sin against nature.

    Yall click on my name and hear me attempt to sing and read some of my stories.

    I’ll be here all week.. try the veal!

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