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It’s hard to beat this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Noodle Casserole. Think broccoli cheddar soup meets cozy weeknight casserole. It’s made entirely in one pot and comes together in less than an hour. Made with chicken, short-cut pasta, herbs, and lots of broccoli. Cook everything together in a big skillet, add cheese, and finish this off in the oven. Simple, but so delicious. The perfect weeknight casserole!
Like clockwork, September hits, and I’m back to sharing more casseroles. For me, September is all about transitioning into a more cozy lifestyle. With school starting and the days getting shorter, it means crisp fall crisp days are just ahead.
Even though our summer was short and I didn’t want it to end. There’s probably not a month I love more than September. Our weather is perfect, there’s so much excitement for the season ahead, and I can finally share the recipes I really love most. The cozy recipes.
And to me, casseroles are cozy family dinners that everyone loves.
My broccoli cheddar casserole was inspired by an oldie but goodie recipe. I shared a little different version of this recipe a few years back. It was also inspired by the Panera broccoli cheddar soup I grew up eating every single fall back in Cleveland.
I love a casserole-style dinner served up on a Sunday or Monday night. They’re cozy and usually pretty easy to throw together.
Today’s recipe is made entirely in one pot and in under an hour’s time.
As mentioned, this all starts and ends in one pot. Or two pots if you decide you want to bake this in a casserole dish for a “real deal” midwest style casserole situation.
Start with the basics. Cook your onion, add the chicken, and give the chicken some time to sear. Then add a touch of butter, garlic, fresh thyme, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne.
At this point, pour in broth and milk, add your favorite shortcut noodle, and then add the broccoli. Simmer until the noodles are just about al dente.
Once the noodles have cooked, stir in a handful of cheese until creamy.
Now, this is when you can transfer everything to a casserole dish if needed/desired.
Top with cheddar cheese and bake until the cheese is melty and the broccoli on the top has a little char. Then, I always finish with fresh herbs, usually basil or thyme.
The corners of the dish will form an insanely delicious cheesy crust. While the top is crispy, the middle is extra creamy and delicious. It’s a wonderful combination.
If you prefer to go the vegetarian route, simply omit the chicken from the dish. It’s truly just as delicious without or without, so do what works best for you and your family.
This dish brings back so many memories. Any kind of casserole does. It reminds me of nights eating my mom’s chicken noodle casserole with my brothers.
Only this is better and much healthier. We all love it. Though, it could be fun to give chicken noodle casserole a refresh in my kitchen. Maybe a little healthier version, what do you think?
Looking for other easy back-to-school recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole
Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken
Cheesy Zucchini Chicken and Rice Bake
One Skillet Street Corn Chicken Enchilada Bake
Lastly, if you make this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Yum. Comforting and easy. I found the recipe to be spot on, enough liquid. Your pasta won’t be completely covered, but that is why you need to stir it frequently. It works, I promise!
Happy Friday!!🍍🥥 Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT
Pretty saucy right out of the oven, but it thickened as it cooled.
Made it in a 5qt Staub pot so it required some more broth and milk to cover all the pasta. Loved!
Fantastic!! 🌴🍌 I really appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad it turned out well for you! xT
So much potential for this to be an Amazing dish. But there isn’t near enough liquid in the ingredients list. Maybe you meant 1/2 pound of pasta or 4 cups chicken broth? Or maybe cook the pasta separately then add? The flavors are so good, but needs more liquid.
Thanks so much for making this recipe!! All of the measurements are correct:) What kind of noodles did you use? Let me know how I can help! xT
So yummy Tieghan! I added an extra cup of broth and 1/2 c cheese and it was perfection. My husband loved it too. Thanks for another good one!!
Wonderful!!🌴🍍 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, love to hear that it turned out well! xx
I’m in agreement with several other comments. There just isn’t enough liquid to cook the pasta and broccoli. I didn’t even add my chicken until the end (I used rotisserie). Maybe it depended on the type of pan being used? From the pictures here, it seems like there is some type of sauce left after cooking but mine was pretty dry even after adding additional water. I also feel that the broccoli doesn’t need to cook with the pasta and then the oven. Mine was mush by the end. I would definitely maybe just cook it a bit prior and then add it in before the oven bake time. Tasted pretty good but it definitely could use improvements.
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear your noodles didn’t fully cook. What kind did you use? Let me know if you give the recipe another try! xT
I used halved the recipe and used leftover cooked chicken. I did have to add additional broth to the pasta. I also added additional cheese. With the adjustments, it turned out perfectly.
Happy Wednesday!!🌈 🐇 I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you! Thanks for sharing your feedback and trying it out! xT
Hi, I’m not sure the name of the recipe is correct as it’s called Broccoli, cheddar chicken and rice yet there is no rice in it.
Sorry, not sure what you are referring to, there is no rice in this title:) xx
I see where the confusion is. On the Pintrest feed, this recipe says it is Broccoli, Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole,once you click on the recipe it says it is Broccoli, Cheddar Chicken and Noodle Casserole
Thanks for your feedback, I have quite a few broccoli cheddar recipes with rice and/or noodles:)