This delicious and healthy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is the perfect dairy-free and gluten-free main dish for busy weeknights. Prep it ahead of time and then bake it when you’re ready to eat.

Cooked casserole in a white dish ready to serve

Highlights

  • This casserole makes up to 6 servings making it perfect for the whole family.
  • You can make it up to 3 days in advance. Then, just cook it when you’re ready to eat.
  • This chicken and rice recipe is entirely dairy-free and gluten-free! I used coconut milk to add creaminess and luscious flavor.

Recipe Steps

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk, broth, lemon juice, thyme, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture come to a simmer and then turn off the heat.

casserole assembled and ready to bake

Step 3

Transfer the onion and broth mixture then add the broccoli, rice, and chicken and stir to combine.

Step 4

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

CHicken Broccoli RIce Casserole ready to bake

Step 5

Let the casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving.

It’s just so easy and I promise everyone is going to love this dish.

Is this Recipe Healthy?

I think this recipe is healthy. It has a nice balance of protein and carbs, plus fat from the coconut that makes it satisfying. I prefer using white rice to brown rice, since most brown rice is contaminated with arsenic. White rice is also easier to digest and so is considered paleo-friendly by many experts.

And, of course, broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Broccoli is rich is sulforaphane which has been proven to help fight cancer. I try to eat broccoli or broccoli sprouts at least a few times a week.

chicken broccoli rice casserole

Top Tips

  • You can prep this casserole up to 3 days in advance! Cover it with plastic wrap or a lid and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it.
  • Do you prefer chicken thighs? You can substitute the same amount of thighs for the cutlets in this recipe.
Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe

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chicken broccoli rice casserole

Dairy-Free Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole


  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This delicious and healthy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is the perfect dairy-free and gluten-free main dish for busy weeknights. Prep it ahead of time and then bake it when you’re ready to eat.


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Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup uncooked long-grain white rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, cut into 1-inch chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk, broth, lemon juice, thyme, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture come to a simmer before turning off the heat. 
  3. Transfer the onion and broth mixture to the casserole dish. Add the broccoli, rice, and chicken and stir to combine.
  4. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Let the casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

You can prep this casserole up to 3 days in advance of baking it. Cover it with plastic wrap or a lid and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: broccoli casserole, healthy chicken casserole, chicken and rice recipe

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