Creamy & Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole Recipe: A Secret Ingredient Makes This 30-Minute Recipe Sing by Melissa Vickers

Casseroles Poultry Dinner
2 years ago

Creamy & Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole Recipe: A Secret Ingredient Makes This 30-Minute Recipe Sing

Here’s a chicken casserole recipe I opted to simplify in some ways, add additional ingredients and even do homage to my mom. Mom was not a gourmet cook by any standard, but she knew how to cook tasty meals and make them look a little special in the process. One ingredient she liked to add, not so much for the flavor, but for the pop of red color – chopped pimentos.

Pimentos are a form of red chili pepper, typically used to stuff green olives and to make pimento cheese. The flavor – at least what comes out of the little jars – is very mild and slightly sweet, making them a perfect addition when you just want a dish to look a little more festive. The original chicken recipe here didn’t have either pimentos or mushrooms or breadcrumbs on the top, but my version does!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 - 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli, steamed and cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped canned or jarred pimentos
  • 3/8 cup chicken stock
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian-style cheese 
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style panko breadcrumbs

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Spread shredded chicken breast in the greased 8x8-inch casserole dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine softened cream cheese and chicken stock until smooth. Add pimento and stir. Pour over chicken.
  3. Add broccoli and mushrooms. Cover with shredded cheese. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Cover loosely with foil if breadcrumbs start browning too quickly.

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Donna John
This looks delicious!!!
Elisa Schmitz
Great idea to use rotisserie chicken. Such a great shortcut for many dinner recipes!
Melissa Vickers
yes--and Walmart sells little packages of rotisserie chicken meat already pulled from the bones. I despise dealing with chicken (or turkey, for that matter) carcasses, and not having to cook the meat all makes up for the higher price tag. It's ready to eat or ready to throw in a recipe!

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