- 2 pounds chicken, cubed
- 1 can cream of chicken soup (healthy request)
- 2 cans cheddar cheese soup (healthy request)
- 1 cup chicken broth (reduced sodium/no salt)
- 1 package French onion mix
- 1 bag broccoli florets
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 block cream cheese
- 2 cups minute rice
- French fried onions (optional, for topping)
- Prep the Chicken:
- Cube the chicken and marinate it overnight for enhanced flavor.
- Morning Prep:
- In the morning, add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese soup, and French onion mix to the slow cooker. Mix well to combine.
- Add the marinated chicken to the mixture in the slow cooker.
- Slow Cook:
- Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours. Adjust the cooking time as needed based on your schedule.
- Add Creamy Elements:
- After the initial cooking time, cube the cream cheese and stir it into the chicken mixture until fully melted and incorporated.
- Add the raw broccoli florets to the slow cooker. Cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow the broccoli to cook and become tender.
- Rice and Cheese:
- Stir in the minute rice and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender, and the rice is fully cooked.
- Once the casserole is cooked to perfection, it’s ready to serve. Scoop generous portions onto plates.
- Optional Topping:
- For an extra crunch and flavor, top each serving with French fried onions.
- Serve your Creamy Chicken, Rice, Broccoli, and Cheese Casserole hot and savor the delicious combination of creamy textures, savory chicken, and cheesy goodness.
Feel free to customize the recipe based on your preferences, and enjoy a filling and satisfying meal!
Q: Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh?
A: Yes, you can substitute frozen broccoli for fresh. Just make sure to thaw and drain the frozen broccoli before adding it to the slow cooker. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as frozen broccoli may cook faster than fresh.
Q: Can I use brown rice instead of minute rice?
A: Yes, you can use brown rice instead of minute rice. Keep in mind that brown rice typically requires a longer cooking time. Adjust the cooking time and liquid levels as needed, and check for doneness before serving.
Q: Can I prepare this casserole in advance and refrigerate it before cooking?
A: Yes, you can assemble the casserole in advance and refrigerate it overnight. When you’re ready to cook, simply place the slow cooker insert into the base and follow the cooking instructions. This can be a time-saving option for busy mornings.
Q: Is there a substitute for French fried onions?
A: If you don’t have French fried onions or prefer a different topping, you can try crushed crackers, breadcrumbs, or shredded cheese for a crispy finish. Feel free to get creative with your preferred topping.
Q: Can I use a different type of cheese?
A: Absolutely! While the recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese, you can experiment with other cheeses like Monterey Jack, Colby, or a blend of your favorites to add different flavors to the casserole.
Q: Can I make this recipe in the oven instead of a slow cooker?
A: Yes, you can adapt this recipe for the oven. After combining all the ingredients, transfer them to a casserole dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Check for doneness, and adjust the baking time as needed.
Q: Can I freeze leftovers?
A: Yes, you can freeze leftovers in airtight containers for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating on the stovetop or in the microwave. Keep in mind that the texture of the broccoli may change slightly after freezing.