Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Start to Finish: 40 minutes

Servings: 6

Difficulty: Beginner

Broccoli and cream of mushroom soup casserole is fast and simple to prepare, making it ideal for a weeknight meal. This recipe uses fresh broccoli and canned mushroom soup to make it nutritious but simple to put together. The added breadcrumb-and-cracker topping gives the casserole its crunch. This recipe is adapted from The Daily Meal and Campbell’s Kitchen.

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 10 1/2 ounces cream of mushroom soup, roughly 1 can
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cups of fresh broccoli florets, roughly 1 to 2 inches in size
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/8 cup crushed soda crackers
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, unsalted and melted

Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place a rack in the center. Brush a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish with vegetable oil.

Combine the cream of mushroom soup, whipping cream and mustard in a large mixing bowl, whisking to fully incorporate the ingredients. Beat in the eggs and mayonnaise, whisking until they are fully mixed.

Add the broccoli florets and cheese, tossing to coat them with the egg-and-soup mixture. Pour the mix into the prepared casserole dish.

Combine the spices, bread crumbs and crushed crackers in a separate mixing bowl, then wet them with the melted butter. Sprinkle the mix evenly over the broccoli-and-soup blend.

Bake the dish on the center rack for 30 minutes until the broccoli is fork tender and cooked through. Serve the casserole immediately while it is still warm.

Use frozen broccoli if you don’t have fresh broccoli on hand. Thaw and drain the frozen broccoli before using it.

For a thoroughly homemade version of this casserole, use homemade cream of mushroom soup.

Use a mix of broccoli and cauliflower florets if you do not have enough available broccoli. You can also use other vegetables, such as minced sweet red peppers, thinly sliced carrots or even celery root chopped into 1-inch pieces.

To make the dish heartier, add 1 cup of cooked pasta or cooked, sliced or shredded chicken. Small pasta shapes, such as macaroni, are best suited for this dish.

Use only bread crumbs or crushed crackers for the topping, depending on what you have available. Crushed potato chips can also work. To give the topping more flavor, mix in crispy fried onions.

Broccoli and cream of mushroom soup casserole can be served as a standalone dish, or as a side dish. If pasta or cooked chicken has been added, serve the casserole as a one-plate meal.

For a basic casserole -- the veggies and the soup only -- pair it with hearty, flavorful meats that have been simply prepared. Because of its richness, the casserole is well-suited for serving alongside: