Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chicken Divan Rice and Broccoli Casserole ~ Comfort Food

Today I'm sharing one of my family's favorite comfort foods, Chicken Divan Rice and Broccoli Casserole. A favorite since I was a kid!

This is a great recipe to use with leftover Thanksgiving turkey.  I have also used rotisserie chicken too.

Chicken Divan Rice and Broccoli Casserole 

  • 1 1/2 -2 lbs Chicken Breast (or turkey), cooked, diced or shredded 
  • 1 Box Long Grain and Wild Rice, cooked according to package (I use Uncle Ben's Fast Cook)
  • 3 Cups Brown Rice, cooked according to package (I make 4 servings on the package,  a little less than 3 cups of cooked rice)
  • 2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup (10 3/4 ounce cans)
  • 1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 10 oz Bag of Frozen Broccoli Florets cooked according to package (cut into bite size pieces)  
  • 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Fresh Lemon Juice (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish or comparable casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium size bowl, mix mayo and mushroom soup, set aside. Next, layer your casserole in this order - Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Chicken, Broccoli, Sauce and top with Cheddar Cheese - see photos below. Cover with foil and place in oven on middle rack and bake for approximately 30 minutes, until completely heated through. Serve hot. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top (optional), salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy! 

  • To prevent the foil from sticking to the cheese, place toothpicks in the casserole before you place the foil on top or spray your foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  • You can substitute sour cream for mayonnaise. I always make a separate small casserole for my little one with the egg allergy.
  • You can use light mayonnaise and soups.
  • You can substitute cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom.
  • You can use any rice you prefer - all white, all brown, wild rice or mix them up. 
  • Mushrooms are also a great addition to this casserole. Fresh or canned.
  • Great recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. 

I never hear any complaints when I serve the leftovers the next day.
This is one dish that never goes to waste!

Thanks so very much for stopping by!


Pam said...

Hi Mary. I love this casserole. You just reminded me, I need to make this soon. This is one of my top ten things to make! xo Pam

Mary said...

Hi Pam,

Me too! I made this last weekend and the leftovers are long gone. Looking at the photos is just making me hungry! I only make this once or twice a year - you need to make it soon!

Thanks for the visit! I hope you have a great night!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Oh Yum, Mary, can I move in with you, or do you deliver?

CAn you tell me how many ounces in the box of rice please.

Mary said...

For the Long Grain & Wild Rice - 6.2 OZ in box. It makes 3 cups once it's cooked :O)

If you have any other questions, Mel, Let me know! Thanks for the sweet words!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Yummmm Mary!! Can I share a room with Mel when she moves in with you??!! We are assuming you cook like this all the time!

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Oh yum!!!!! I'm coming to visit .....

It's All Connected said...

Total comfort food! Thanks for sharing the recipe! ~ Maureen

Donna said...

OH!! Looks delish.

Mary said...

Your room is ready! :O) I LOVE to feed I cook and bake a lot :O)

Thanks for always being so supportive and sweet, Danni!

Hugs to you.

Mary said...

Door is open, your room is ready! :O)

Mary said...

Hi Maureen,

I need this dish for today - it's cold and rainy, with the remnants of Sandy headed our way on Tuesday.

Thanks for the visit and sweet words. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

Mary said...

Hi Donna - Thank you :) It's a favorite!

marty said...

This looks so delicious!

katherine peas said...

looks soo good I saw you on the Adventures of a DIY mom link party

Lucy BĂ©liveau said...

Dear Mary,
What a lovely bologna you have! I just found you today and am very impressed with your cordiality! The recipies are beautiful and simple and fun...a great combination! My husband loves to cook and bake, so I will make sure I "introduce" you to him very soon!

Anonymous said...

My chicken divan is similar to this. I arrange defrosted, drained broccoli spears in the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. I then layer pieces of cooked chicken breast ontop of that. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1 cup mayo, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp. curry powder. Pour over the layered broccoli and chicken. Sprinkle seasoned, crushed dry stuffing mix on top and drizzle with melted butter. When baked serve over rice.

Anonymous said...

How long do you bake yours to get the raw broccoli cooked?

Anonymous said...

According to your recipe you have rice listed twice (as is below copies from your recipe)

1 Box Long Grain and Wild Rice, cooked according to package (I use Uncle Ben's Fast Cook)
3 Cups Brown Rice, cooked according to package (I make 4 servings on the package -
a little less than 3 cups of cooked rice)

It is an and/or rice, I mean I don't remember how many servings are in the 1 Box Long Grain and Wild Rice,
but I'm sure a couple servings. Then we are to make 3 more cups of rice. Isn't that a little over-kill on the rice. That just sounds like a lot of rice. I WANT TO MAKE THIS, BUT WILL WAIT FOR A RESPONSE.

Thanks, Janet

ckl616 said...

I'm waiting to hear about the double rice ingredients, as well!

It must be either us Wild Rice pkg mix, OR use Brown Rice!?? Wouldn't you think??