Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole (w/o a CAN of Soup!)

I made this dish a few months back~ but never got around to typing out the instructions… so here it is!

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When I was little, I remember my mom baking casseroles. She was the QUEEN of the casserole. We had a casserole for dinner at least once a week. I (almost always) loved them 🙂 Mom was always able to dig into the pantry & fridge and magically make something yummy out of nothing. I don’t have that skill. However, I’m getting better at it!

I had some left over chicken and decided that a casserole would be the best way to ‘use it up.’ However, I didn’t want to use a can of cream of X (insert chicken, mushroom, etc.). There’s just a whole bunch of highly processed ingredients in those cans… so, I decided to try to make my own sauce.

The result was super yummy. This dish, is by NO means healthy~ but it was incredibly yummy. Steve & my father in law gave it two thumbs up!! Hope you like it too.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1-8oz package low fat cream cheese
  • 1-8oz block motz cheese (divided)
  • 3 oz shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 package 10oz frozen broccoli, cooked & drained
  • 1 onion, caramelized w/olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 c. skim milk
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 box whole grain noodles
  • Bread crumbs & extra butter

Pre heat oven to 350. Caramelize the onion with olive oil in a large, oven proof dish. While the onion is caramelizing, cook the frozen broccoli and boil the noodles. When the onion is almost cooked, add in the garlic. Combine onions, garlic, & broccoli in a separate dish & set aside.

Next, prepare the sauce. In the oven proof pan, make a roux with the flour & butter. Slowly add in the chicken broth, then the milk whisking constantly. Turn heat to a simmer and stir until sauce starts to thicken. Add in the cream cheese, sour cream, and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese.

Combine the onion/broccoli/garlic mixture with the noodles, rotisserie chicken, & sauce mixture in the oven proof pan. Toss to combine. Top with shredded parmesan & remaining mozzarella cheese. Next, warm the remaining butter in the microwave & toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle the casserole with the bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minute, or until mixture is bubbly & bread crumbs are browned.

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2 responses to “Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole (w/o a CAN of Soup!)

  1. My mother makes a similar chicken casserole. My daughters all love this and my mother makes it whenever they go to visit her. She has passed the recipe to them as well so they can carry on the tradition. They like to make it for pot lucks that they go to.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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