by Olena

Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

by Olena

Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.

Who doesn’t love a combo of chicken and rice, right?! This healthy chicken and rice casserole is one of my older recipes I gave a makeover. Originally, like with any casserole, I used a skillet to pre-cook chicken, a pot to cook rice and then a baking dish to bake casserole in. Whoa-whoa-whoa, it’s almost 2018! We can do so much better and prepare chicken and rice casserole without canned soup, and in just ONE POT. One pot, my friends. One Lodge dutch oven pot, I love it!

Isn’t it a beauty?! Not mushy and yet moist, with moderate amount of animal products and with 1.5 lbs of broccoli, this healthy chicken and brown rice casserole will become a staple in your house. You and yours will love it! So easy to make as well.

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How to Make Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Preheat large dutch oven on medium-high heat and swirl oil to coat.Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.
  2. Add chicken, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.
  3. Add rice and stock, stir and bring to a boil. Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.
  4. Lay broccoli on top and do not stir, cover and bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.
  5. Remove from the oven, add yogurt and green onion, stir. 
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake until cheese has melted. Serve hot. Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice and broccoli, without canned soup and everything is cooked in ONE POT.
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Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

4.6 from 5 reviews

Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe with brown rice, broccoli and no canned soup makes one easy baked healthy comfort food from scratch.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups brown rice, rinsed & drained
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, low sodium
  • 8 cups (1.5 lbs) broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, fat 2+%
  • 1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup marble or any hard cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Preheat large dutch oven on medium-high heat and swirl oil to coat. Add chicken, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add rice and stock, stir and bring to a boil. Lay broccoli on top and do not stir, cover and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven, add yogurt and green onion, stir. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake until cheese has melted. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge overnight. Reheat in a microwave or in the oven at 375 F for 10 minutes.

Notes

I like to use brown jasmine or basmati rice because grains stay separated once cooked. I used organic bouillon cubes to make vegetable stock.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. This looks lovely! Is there any way to make it all without a Dutch oven? How would you do it? Just cook everything separate and put it together in the oven and melt the cheese on top? I don’t have a Dutch oven but may just need to ask for one for Christmas lol! Thank you!

    1. I would cook everything in a skillet, then transfer to a baking dish, cover very tightly with a few layers of foil and add extra 10 minutes of baking time. Might need more baking time, just check. Why dutch oven? Because cast iron retains heat very well and cooks evenly and faster.
      Yes! Skip the candles and get yourself Lodge dutch oven for Christmas – best price for quality!:)

  2. I followed the recipe exactly but at the end of 40 minutes it was still full of water and the rice was hard. I put it on the stovetop and cooked it a little longer, of course burning the bottom layer of rice (maybe I should have put it back on the oven, but I was in a hurry). I had already added the yogurt and green onions and stirred before I realized it wasn’t done yet, so I did the best I could. Added the cheese, turned off the stove, and covered it to try to get the rice fully cooked. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a fancy dutch oven? I just used my cast iron dutch oven. . . .

    1. All Dutch ovens are made out of same cast iron, so that’s not the issue. It could be the rice. I have heard many times old rice or bad rice doesn’t cook. Believe it or not there is such thing. Or your oven temperature is off.

  3. This casserole was to die for. We are trying to eat healthier. I was sceptical about brown rice but it was so good OMG. You are a good cook, Olena!

  4. Any thoughts on using different veggies? I have green beans, mushrooms, and kale on hand. I’m not a huge fan of broccoli or cauliflower. Think I could do everything the same and just replace the vegetables?

  5. This is the best folks!! Second time making it this month. Need to beat my 17yo son to the leftovers so I have some freezer lunches this time though!! Definitely a crowd pleaser!

      1. It was crazy!! I had two scoops from the first one. (I can’t eat too much at one sitting) The next day I went to put together my lunch for work and there was this little pie shaped piece left. Like holy crap!! Was the first time using my new Dutch oven today and I looove it!! Annoying that they’re $49.99 on USA amazon, up here in Canada they range from $106-$135 depending on colour. Of course my purple one was $125 lol. But the extra $19 was worth it!! Used my instant pot last night for the first time too lol. And this morning and I’m going to make your healthy chill tomorrow! I hate cooking. Look what you did to me lol

        1. My boys eat chicken and rice in one sitting too. It’s that perfect magic combo of ingredientss.
          Yes, Lodge costs so much here in Canada but it’s the best, especially for your such remote location. You won’t find it much cheaper even in Edmonton. I live close to the border, so I ordered on US Amazon and picked it up there.

      1. That’s good cuz I’ve fallen lol. (Don’t worry in an almost 40yo mother of an almost 18yo. Lol)
        This has 10 mins left on the initial bake time, your stuffed pepper casserole was a huge hit last night. I wonder how many of your recipes I can make in a week. 😊
        I love that you shop at Costco too, I’m slightly OCD so my stuff matches and that’s awesome!! LOL
        Got anything off the top of your head that would be easy for after work tomorrow, using s head of cauliflower and plain yogurt? I have both that are going to go bad very soon.

        1. Double thumbs up from us both!! I used a quinoa/rice blend as I’m a fitness freak and like more protein than carbs. But wow. Yeah this is fantastic!! I will stop being a pain now I just had to tell you how awesome this one is!!

  6. Haha, more like healthy moms think alike – make a casserole.:) Casseroles are fast and make great leftovers. I make at least 1 a week, with testing recipes more like 3 a week.:)