Golden Comfort: Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Indulge in the warm embrace of Golden Comfort, a casserole that melds succulent chicken, vibrant broccoli, and a creamy sauce under a golden, crispy topping. This dish is the epitome of comfort food, with its rich flavors and textures that invite nostalgic memories of home-cooked meals shared with loved ones.

Photo: A close-up of the Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole, highlighting the golden, crispy topping with hints of succulent chicken and green broccoli peeking through.

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4 servings 
Ideal Serving Size: 350 grams per serving

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 460 kcal per serving
  • Macronutrient Breakdown:
    • Carbohydrates: 40g
    • Proteins: 30g
    • Fats: 20g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Chicken breast, cubed - 400 grams
  • Broccoli florets - 300 grams
  • Cream of chicken soup - 250 grams
  • Cheddar cheese, grated - 150 grams
  • Garlic, minced - 10 grams
  • Olive oil - 20 grams
  • Bread crumbs - 50 grams
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Photo: An overhead shot capturing the entire casserole dish, showcasing the even golden layer on top and the creamy mixture beneath.

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until aromatic.
  3. Add the chicken cubes and cook until they're browned and cooked through.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked chicken, broccoli florets, cream of chicken soup, and half of the grated cheddar cheese. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish, spreading it evenly.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on top, followed by the bread crumbs.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden and crispy.
  8. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For added depth, mix in some sautéed mushrooms or caramelized onions.
  • A sprinkle of paprika or red chili flakes can add a touch of heat.
  • Serve with a side of crusty bread or a fresh salad.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use other vegetables? Yes, cauliflower or green beans can be great substitutes.
  • Can I make this dish ahead? Absolutely, you can prepare it, refrigerate, and bake just before serving.