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


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.



  • 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


  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.


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

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