Crockpot Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole–the casserole from your childhood that’s made easy in the slow cooker! Creamy rice, broccoli florets, sharp cheddar cheese and your choice of either chicken or ham are combined to make a perfect side dish or main dish.
Crockpot Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
This is the casserole from your childhood but it’s made sooooo much easier. When I was young my mom would make a version of this casserole in the oven. She would have to cook the rice and the chicken beforehand and then combine everything into a pan and bake it. This version of the recipe is awesome because you throw the uncooked rice and uncooked chicken in the crockpot and it all cooks together in a couple of hours.
One thing I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of internet searches on my website for broccoli casserole on Thanksgiving. Although I haven’t noticed a broccoli casserole at my Thanksgiving dinner table, I’m guessing many of you do use broccoli casserole as a side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner. So if you’re in charge of the broccoli casserole this year for Thanksgiving and you need the oven space for other dishes USE your slow cooker and make this one! This crockpot broccoli rice casserole serves a lot of people if you use it as a side dish and it tastes great!
I used chicken when I made this casserole but you could also use cubes of ham. If you want you can leave out meat and add in more broccoli. It’s really a versatile casserole that you can add and delete items pretty seamlessly.
My casserole took about 2 hours to cook. However remember that all slow cookers cook differently and some will cook hotter than others. Just keep your eye on it. I am guessing at the fastest your casserole will cook in 90 minutes and at the most 3 hours.
Note: if you want a broccoli casserole recipe that doesn’t use cream of soups, is gluten free and uses brown rice try this Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole.
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What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
To make Crockpot Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole this recipe I used my Ninja Auto-iQ 6 Quart Slow Cooker.* My favorite feature of this slow cooker is that it has a stovetop function. This is perfect for sauteing or browning before you slow cook. This slow cooker has four manual cooking functions: slow cook, stove top sear/Saute, steam, and bake.
The casserole from your childhood that’s made easy in the slow cooker! Creamy rice, broccoli florets, sharp cheddar cheese and your choice of either chicken or ham are combined to make a perfect side dish or main dish.
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs cut into bite size pieces (uncooked or cooked) or cubed ham
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a pot on the stove. Once the chicken broth is boiling add in the broccoli and let it cook for 3 minutes. Then pour the broth and broccoli into the slow cooker.
- Stir in the rice, chicken/ham, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, evaporated milk, garlic salt, pepper and half of the grated cheese.
- Cover and cook on high for 2 hours (Depending on your slow cooker you may cook anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours on high. Mine took 1 hour and 50 minutes.)
- Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and let it melt.
- Scoop the casserole onto plates and enjoy!
I used my Ninja Auto-iQ 6 Quart Slow Cooker.* My favorite feature of this slow cooker is that it has a stovetop function. So for step one I used the stovetop feature to bring the broth to a boil.
- Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe
- Calories: 395
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 924 mg
- Fat: 14 g
- Carbohydrates: 39 g
- Protein: 28 g
Keywords: chicken, crockpot, broccoli
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