Instant Pot I’m a Karen Casserole—chicken, rice, ham cubes, broccoli, cheese and a Ritz cracker crumb topping make up this kick butt casserole. Nobody will ask to speak to the manger after this dinner.
I’m a Karen Casserole
I feel like I need to address the pink elephant in the room today. The fact that my name is Karen.
Perhaps you’ve noticed, especially in the past year, that the name Karen has been thrown around in all sorts of memes on the internet. According to the internet a Karen is “a pejorative term for women seeming to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal.” A Karen often has a short hair cut and demands to speak to the manager. A Karen isn’t easy going or fun to be around. It’s not a compliment to be called a Karen.
A few people have asked me how I feel about this Karen phenomenon since my actual name is Karen. Most of the time I think it’s quite funny. But also a little annoying. I mean what if I actually do have a problem with DIRECTV and need to ask to speak to the customer service rep’s supervisor? What do I do? Do I say my name is Cindy or Jen? I don’t want to be a Karen. I just need to make sure they aren’t overcharging me on my bill.
And then the times that I’ve been in to see the dentist or doctor this year and the assistant comes to the waiting room and says loud for everyone to hear, “Karen?” I duck my head in embarrassment or try to put on a nice easy going smile so people won’t think I’m a Karen.
Greg always tries to make me feel better. He tells me “you’re the opposite of a Karen.” And if a Karen is someone who likes conflict then he’s exactly right. My worst days are any that have confrontation involved.
A few weeks ago my brother-in-law sent me the casserole dish pictured. We all got a good laugh out of it. I knew that it needed to be put to good use immediately. The first dish that I made in it was this over the top oreo dessert. Could that be considered a casserole?
I finally used the Karen’s casserole dish for a savory hot dish that I created by combining a chicken tetrazzini recipe with a ham, rice and broccoli casserole into one amazing dinner. Each member of the family had at least 2 servings.
There is no cream of soups in this casserole and it comes together with the help of the Instant Pot. Instead of cooking chicken, rice and sautéing onions in separate pans on the stove you’ll use your Instant pot do it all. To make the casserole complete you’ll finish it off in the oven until it’s hot and bubbly and the Ritz cracker topping is browned up a bit. If you prefer to use an air fryer lid for the last part of the recipe you can totally do that instead of using your oven!
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Chicken, rice, ham cubes, broccoli, cheese and a Ritz cracker crumb topping make up this kick butt casserole.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 ¼ cups uncooked brown rice
- 1 ⅔ cups chicken broth
- ¾ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (frozen is okay)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups cubed ham
- 1 (12 oz) package frozen broccoli
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
- 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
- Get out the package of broccoli, ham and 1 cup sour cream and set it on the counter to come to room temperature.
- Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the butter and let it melt. Add in the onions and saute for about 4 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot.
- Add in the brown rice and the chicken broth. Place the chicken breast on top. Sprinkle in the garlic powder, poultry seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Dump the mushrooms on top.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 22 minutes. When time is up turn on your oven to 350° F to preheat. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Shred the chicken. Stir in the ham, broccoli and sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add contents of Instant Pot to a 9×13 inch pan. Sprinkle the cheese and cracker crumbs on top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Scoop onto plates and enjoy!
This makes quite a lot! You can easily halve the recipe by cutting the ingredients in half and cooking for the same pressure cooking time and oven time. Use a square 9×9 inch baking dish.
- Category: Chicken and Ham
- Method: Instant Pot/Oven
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