Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole features broccoli, chopped cooked chicken and brown rice sauced with a mixture of cream of chicken soup with plain yogurt, flavored with lemon juice, cooking sherry and curry powder and topped with buttered panko bread crumbs. The original recipe for Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a retro recipe that I’ve updated and changed to make it a somewhat healthier version of the original recipe.

Comfort Food

Ah! Comfort food! We all have certain foods, often memories from our childhoods, that give us great comfort. Food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value specific to an individual or specific culture is considered comfort food.

Comfort food may be associated with the security of childhood but I don’t believe you have to be “stressed out” to desire comfort food. Soothing negative feelings may be one aspect of comfort foods but relishing comfort food could just be a desire for simpler, less sophisticated but tasty fare!

My idea of comfort food includes Macaroni and Cheese as well as Tuna Noodle Casserole. But the recipe I wish to share with you today also feels like comfort food to me, even though my mother never made this dish for us. I found the original recipe for Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole in my favorite cookbook from Viewmont Baptist Church in my hometown of Hickory, North Carolina.

Recipe for Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Serves 6
A chicken casserole with brown rice and broccoli, flavored with sherry, lemon juice and curry powder.
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
  1. 2 (10-oz.) pkgs. frozen broccoli (or 1 head fresh)
  2. 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  3. 1 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked
  4. 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  5. 1 cup plain yogurt (Greek is good)
  6. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon sherry
  8. 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  9. 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  10. 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  11. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Steam broccoli until tender. Place broccoli, chicken and brown rice in 9" x 11" casserole dish. Combine soup, yogurt, lemon juice, sherry and curry powder and mix well.
  2. Pour over casserole ingredients.
  3. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over top of casserole.
  4. Mix Panko bread crumbs with melted butter and sprinkle crumbs over top of casserole.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25-35 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned.
Adapted from Viewmont Baptist Church Cookbook
Adapted from Viewmont Baptist Church Cookbook

Recipe Changes

The original recipe specified two cans of cream of chicken soup which I reduced to one can. In place of the mayonnaise in the original recipe I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt, which gave the finished dish a nice tanginess. I added sherry to the mixture and used Panko bread crumbs instead of regular bread crumbs. There was no rice in the original recipe but I wanted to add brown rice to it and it was a great addition!


Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a complete meal in itself – chicken, brown rice and broccoli – but a serving suggestion is to include a salad or perhaps another vegetable for a complete meal. If you don’t care for brown rice, use white rice or no rice at all! Individualize the recipe to fit your particular preferences! The next time I make this recipe I may add some almonds or water chestnuts for more crunch.

Another comfort food casserole I would recommend to you is Unforgettable Chicken Casserole – A Crunchy Delight.

If you want a hearty meal with a little taste of home, try Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole today! Ah, comfort food!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole / Comfort Food — 29 Comments

  1. I have never looked at comfort food from the angle of not having to be stressed out to have it. I like that. It makes comfort food a whole lot more positive ? And your recipe looks very delicious!
    Visiting from Family Joy Link up. ?


  2. Hi Bibi, I like comfort food any time! Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Hope you get to try this recipe soon! Blessings, Janet

  3. Your recipe looks yummy! Years ago I had a recipe a little like this one, but somehow it was lost, and I really missed it. Now I have a new version to try! Thank you for sharing it.

  4. This looks really good – great meal! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for dinner link up

  5. Wow this just screams comfort food! You made some great substitutions too! Coming to you from the Sunday Fitness and Food link up!

  6. Now this is definitely comfort food! Yum! I love everything in one dish, so easy and tasty! Thanks for sharing, Pam @ Everyday Living

  7. Hi Teresa, I hope you enjoy this recipe – I really liked the addition of the brown rice and using yogurt instead of mayo. Thanks for your nice comments and for your visit! Blessings, Janet

  8. Thanks Helen! I like the changes I made to the original recipe and the addition of brown rice. Thanks for hosting and have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  9. Hi Tricia, Thanks for your nice comments and visit! Hope you get to make this recipe soon! BTW, I really like the name of your website! ? Blessings, Janet

  10. Janet you have given me my next dinner! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you?ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST.

  11. Hi Marilyn, Thanks so much for your kind words! I’ve been thinking about trying quinoa in the recipe next time I make it, although the brown rice is really good. Thanks for hosting #OvertheMoon! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  12. This looks really good! I love that its healthy too! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma’s house we go link party! Pinned!

  13. I agree, comfort food is not just good when you are stressed out. Thank you for bringing your delicious and comforting casserole to Fiesta Friday ?

  14. I really love cheese and broccoli dishes!
    I am excited to try this one!

  15. Yum! Love this…remember eating it as a kid, this recipe looks wonderful, my family will love it ?

  16. The perfect comfort food. My mom used to make a similar casserole when we were small so your recipe is bringing back so many good memories right now. Thank you so much for sharing the yumminess with us at Sweet Inspiration, and bringing those memories back ?

  17. Hi Michelle, I love cheese on anything and everything! I hope you enjoy it! I thought after I wrote the post – I bet this would also be tasty with quinoa instead of the brown rice. I may try that next time. Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  18. Hi Angela, I love this recipe, too but I love it even more since I took out the mayonnaise and substituted Greek yogurt. I hope you and your family enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  19. Hi Michelle, Isn’t it wonderful how food has the ability to bring back great memories for us? I’m glad this recipe did that for you and I hope you enjoy it when you make it! Thanks for hosting Sweet Inspiration! Blessings, Janet

  20. Cheese and broccoli make the best comfort food dishes and this one looks and sounds amazing! I saw in one of your replies about trying quinoa which sounds like a good one to try too! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  21. Hi Angie, Thanks for the kind comments and for hosting Funtastic Friday! I hope you enjoy the recipe whether you use brown rice or quinoa! Come again soon! Blessings, Janet

  22. We will really enjoy this Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole, wish it was in the oven right now! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  23. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for your kind comments – this recipe is a favorite at my house! Thanks for hosting Full Plate Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  24. Hi Jann, Thanks for the kind words! I want to try making this with quinoa instead of rice next time. Thanks for the visit! Blessings, Janet

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