by Olena

Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

by Olena

4.8 from 8 reviews

Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Who doesn’t love a combo of chicken and rice, right?! This healthy chicken and rice casserole is one of my older healthy casseroles I gave a makeover. Originally 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 2019! We can do so much better and prepare chicken broccoli and rice casserole without canned soup, and in just ONE POT. One pot, my friends. One Lodge dutch oven pot, I love it!

Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

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.

So, “Good-Bye” Betty and “Hello” Olena. Let’s do it!

P.S. Check out all of my one pot meals and sheet pan dinners if you are always in a hurry like me. Also if you are a fan of chicken and rice and have an Instant Pot, try my Instant Pot chicken and rice.

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.
  2. Add chicken, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. healthy chicken and brown rice casserole
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from the oven, add yogurt and green onion, stir. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake until cheese has melted. Serve hot. healthy chicken and rice casserole broccoli

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Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

4.8 from 8 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: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian American


  • 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


  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.


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.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This recipe is a keeper! It was very easy to make and turned out so flavorful and filling. I love your website and your healthy recipes.
    Thank you for posting!

  2. I haven’t made this dinner yet, but had a question. Do you need to cook the chicken first or just put it in raw?

    1. Hi Catt. I don’t think you did anything wrong. 3 reasons could cause that:
      1. Sometimes different varieties of brown rice just cook differently. Also rice could be old.
      2. Ovens vary, so yours just takes longer to cook. Probably T isn’t as high as mine ,for example although it says it is.
      3. If you didn’t use a dutch oven, the pot didn’t contain as much heat inside.
      In either case, you just cook it for a bit longer and keep your eye on it.:)

  3. This was amazing. Not too much prep…and it was done to perfection!
    Another of JP’s favourites. He said …. is there some left for lunch tomorrow?

    Thank you so much for taking the work out of getting healthy recipes out there!


    1. Hi Karen. I just put the 2 together and ask Christie, and it’s you! So happy you are cooking healthy food and you like it. Thanks so much for leaving your comments unlike your daughter haha. Enjoy and stay warm! Spring is late here too!

  4. 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!:)

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.:)

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