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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Indulge in the epitome of comfort food with this timeless recipe. Our family has savored the rich flavors of this chicken and rice casserole for countless years. Why bother separating chicken, rice, and broccoli when you can effortlessly create a luscious casserole?

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 2 cups diced rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt/Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 2 cups uncooked fresh broccoli florets
  • 10.5 oz. Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)

Optional Seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Casserole Topping:

  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare Chicken:
    • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
    • Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat, add chicken, and cook until golden brown (approximately 5 minutes). Set aside. (Note: Skip this step if using rotisserie chicken.)

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