There are some recipes on our blog that are tried-and-true favorites from our childhood and this recipe is one of them! Our mom made this frequently for Sunday dinner and whenever I smell it cooking, it always takes me back to her kitchen on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
The idea of this recipe is simple – layer chicken and broccoli in a 9×13″ baking dish, mix with a creamy sauce (made with cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and curry), and top with cheese. Bake until it’s golden and bubbly and you have a comfort-food dish that your whole family will love!
Growing up, our dad HATED broccoli (still does to this day), but this is the one recipe that he didn’t pick the broccoli out of it. If you have picky eaters who don’t love vegetables, this is a recipe that you need to try! The cheesy sauce mixed with the cooked broccoli is pretty delicious.
When it comes to the cooked chicken, I make it a couple of different ways. Sometimes I will boil whole frozen chicken breasts and place them on top of the cooked broccoli in the pan. Sometimes I chop the chicken into bite-size pieces and spread it evenly over the broccoli (like in the picture above). If I am really short on time, I will grab a rotisserie chicken at the store and shred it up, then spread it over the broccoli. If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, this casserole is a great way to use it up as well!
When we were growing up, my mom always topped it with lots of cheese and bread crumbs. Some of our readers have mentioned that they use Stove Top stuffing on top, which sounds delicious to me.
This casserole is incredibly versatile. Here are some other things you might want to try adding in (these are suggestions from our readers):
-use 1/2 cup sour cream in place of half of the mayonnaise
-Cream of Broccoli soup instead of Cream of Chicken soup
-Cheddar cheese soup instead of Cream of Chicken soup
-top with French fried onions instead of bread crumbs
-top with corn flakes instead of bread crumbsWe always serve this casserole with baked potatoes, but it’s also delicious with mashed potatoes or cooked rice.
Check out our other Chicken Casserole recipes:
–Pesto Chicken Casserole
–Teriyaki Chicken Casserole
–Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
–Texas Ranch Chicken Casserole
–Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Casserole