One-Pot Broccoli, Chicken & Rice Casserole makes a scrumptious and speedy dinner with an equally speedy clean-up! The rice is cooked tender, the chicken is juicy and savory, and the sauce is cheesy and creamy; it’s basically comfort food taken to the next level. One-Pot Broccoli, Chicken & Rice Casserole has plenty of bright green garden-fresh broccoli and a melty cheese topping that you’ll be dreaming about after you finish eating it. This is a perfect weeknight meal in one dish!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound chicken thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups white long-grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 cups mozzarella or cheddar, shredded
  • parsley, optional, finely chopped, for garnish

Directions

Step 1 –Melt the butter and heat the oil together in an oven-safe pot over medium-high heat.

Step 2 –Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Step 3 –Add the chicken and cook until the pink is gone, about 5 minutes. The chicken should be at least 160 degrees F internally, as it will rise to a safe eating temperature of 165 degrees over the rest of the cooking process.

Step 4 –Reduce the heat to medium.

Step 5 –Add the flour and stir for 1 minute.

Step 6 –While stirring the chicken and the onion-garlic mixture, add half the milk, mix until fully incorporated.

Step 7 –Add the rest of the milk, mixing until fully incorporated.

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Step 8 –Add the broth, rice, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Step 9 –Stir the mixture for a few minutes.

Step 10 –Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Step 11 –Cover the pot with the lid and cook for 12 minutes.

Step 12 –Remove the lid.

Step 13 –Working quickly, add the broccoli, pushing it down until it is partly submerged.

Step 14 –Cover, and cook until the broccoli is just cooked, about 3 minutes.

Step 15 –Preheat the broiler.

Step 16 –Remove the lid and stir in 1/2 of the cheese.

Step 17 –Smooth the surface and top with the remaining cheese.

Step 18 –Broil until the cheese is melted, about 3-5 minutes.

Step 19 –Serve immediately garnished with parsley.