I’ll be honest… I am not a huge casserole person. I try to make most of my meals from scratch and I love using fresh ingredients but sometimes you just need a quick and comforting meal. My friend Lori gave me this recipe years ago, when I first met my husband, and it’s always a big hit when I make it.
My girlfriend Currié and her family came for dinner and I wanted to celebrate her upcoming birthday with two of her favorite things. My chicken and rice casserole and fresh brownies. I made this casserole for her on her first night home from the hospital after the birth of her son. It’s really simple to make, travels well, and reheats easily – it also tastes really good! Currié loves this casserole and always gets excited when I make it for her. It was a great evening celebrating a special birthday.
Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 1 lb mushrooms quartered
- 1 stalk of celery diced
- 1 box of Farmhouse Long Grain & Wild Rice (or your favorite brand), prepared per instructions
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed (I use leftover roasted chicken meat)
- 1 6-8 oz can of sliced water chestnuts, diced
- 1 cup of broccoli florets
- 1 (10 3/4 oz) can of Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 (10 3/4 oz) can of Cream of Celery soup
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make a Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the box of rice per package instructions.
In a heated pan add 1/2 tbsp oil and cook mushrooms until golden brown – remove from pan. Add the other 1/2 tbsp of oil to the pan and cook onions and celery until soft.
Using a steamer, steam broccoli until just fork tender, then cool. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Put into a baking dish and heat uncovered for 30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes prior to serving. Enjoy.
Side Note: For added decadence and/or texture, add some French’s crispy fried onions, crushed Ritz crackers, or panko crumbs on top of the casserole after the first 15 minutes of baking. Continue baking for the remaining 15 minutes.