June 22, 2017

Cheesey Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake

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Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake - deliciously freezer friendly

As I look at these pictures, I’m mourning the last of my freezer meals. Gathering with friends (or just taking a few hours by myself) to whip up some freezer meals makes all the difference with my week. When that crazy “”What’s for dinner” hour hits, this is my answer.

I’m typing this from Liberty University where I’m here four days for the East Coast homeschool basketball tournament and Son #2 is home for spring break. It was such a life saver to be able to pull out a meal and leave it for him until he joins us. Otherwise, this momma would feel a tad guilty welcoming him home for break with frozen pizzas over and over. 😉

Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Casserole - freezer meal

I shared earlier about my most recent meal making day with my friends. Our freezer friendly Chicken Tetrazzini went quickly and honestly, my sweet girls went to town on this Chicken Cheddar Broccoli and Rice Casserole before it even made its way to the oven. 

Since everything was already cooked when you mix it up, my girls decided it was SO good straight from the bowl and didn’t want to wait. Yep, I had to make up a few more right away since I knew these would go fast.

Chicken, Cheddar, Broccoli and Rice Bake - freezer perfect

When you thaw it, you’ll notice a tiny bit of water. You can pour it out if you like firmer rice or else the water will be absorbed back into the casserole once it bakes in the oven for a creamier texture.
Before serving, let it sit a few minutes when you take it out of the oven.  

Everyone in our family loves this combination, but we are huge broccoli, rice and cheese lovers so adding in the protein for a complete meal just makes it even better. This is a very flexible recipe. You can see by all my *optional ingredients below, that you can tweak it to your family preferences without changing the recipe. I never add the mushrooms, but my husband LOVES it with mushrooms. I always add extra sauteed onions and minced garlic in everything, so there are times when I’ve used two whole onions because we love them that much. You do not have to saute them For time sake, raw, chopped it fine too. Also, play around with how much mayo you use. I’ve used two cans of soup and no mayo or less mayo. There are times I’ve wanted this to be heartier, so I’ve added in much more chicken than three cups, but also times that I’ve wanted to stretch my proteins so I added more rice and less chicken.

Is there a theme here? Make this your own.

Since everything is cooked, give it a taste test before you add it to the freezer bag. That’s what I do everytime to make sure I have it tasting just how we enjoy it.

In my opinion, I would quadruple the amounts and freeze this for multiple meals. It was such a blessing to send my niece home with a few meals since she stopped by with her two week old new blessing on the day I was preparing. It’s always worth it to make additional for the freezer.

Have you tried a Meal Making Day- Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Bake for the win!


Comments

  1. i was at that bball tourney! ha! this recipe looks amazing! 🙂

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    Jen Reply:

    Really? I wish we would have run into each other, but wow, it was SO HUGE!!

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  2. Now these are the kind of meals I need to send home with my college boy. He and his roommates would love to have a freezer full of yummy dinner options. Now just to get organized enough to make it happen 🙂

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