Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipe


Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipe

This healthy casserole recipe is one that the whole family will enjoy!

Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipe
Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipe

This delicious and healthy chicken casserole recipe is a great, low calorie chicken and rice casserole recipe. This is a great variation of the classic chicken casserole recipe.

It is a recipe that allows those who love comfort food to still give in to their taste buds without needing to feel guilty afterward. This recipe carries all the flavors and wonderful textures of the original chicken and broccoil casseroles with all the healthy benefits of a low fat and reduced calorie recipe. In this dish, you'll find broccoli, brown rice, chicken, and cream of chicken soup.

This chicken casserole is even easier to make if you cook and shred the chicken ahead of time. If you're looking for a new healthy casserole recipe that will please the whole family, look no further than this easy recipe! This tasty casserole lets you have the best of both worlds - comforting and healthy!

Yields4 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time35 min

Cooking Vessel Size3-quart baking dish



  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup cream of chicken soup (Campbell's Healthy Request)
  • 4 cups cooked and shredded boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups cooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 (12-ounce) package frozen broccoli, defrosted
  • 6 ounces shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Drizzle of olive oil


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 3-quart baking dish.

  2. In a large bowl combine the onion, Herbs de Provence, pepper, garlic and soup.

  3. Add in the cooked chicken, rice and broccoli and mix well.

  4. Spread into the baking dish. Top with shredded Cheddar cheese.

  5. In a small bowl combine the panko with the Parmesan cheese.

  6. Sprinkle over the cheddar and drizzle with a bit of olive oil.

  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes until casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted.

Elements of a Healthy Casserole Recipe

  1. Replace pasta with vegetables – Instead of using pasta, try using spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. Similarly, rice could also be replaced with riced cauliflower if you’re looking for a lighter substitute.

    This recipe for Beefy Zucchini Lasagna replaces traditional lasagna noodles with thinly sliced zucchini.

  2. Make your own cream sauce – While canned soup is great for quick meals, it can contain a lot of salt and other unwanted ingredients. Try making a simple sauce with ingredients such as chicken broth, flour, and milk. If you’re short on time, a reduced sodium canned soup would be a better alternative to regular canned soup.

    Learn how to make your own cream sauce with our article: How to Make White Sauce Without Lumps.

  3. Cook with lean meats – If the option is available always choose lean meats. Lean (or extra lean) ground beef, ground turkey, and chicken breasts are all great options.

    An great way to cook healthier is to store cooked shredded chicken in the freezer so you can easily add it to your casseroles. Learn four ways to cook chicken in our guide, 4 Ways to Cook Chicken for a Casserole.

  4. Add more vegetables – If your casserole recipe lists an optional vegetable to include, be sure to add it! For example, try adding green peas to a chicken noodle casserole for extra protein.

  5. Use whole grains – Choose brown rice over white and whole wheat pasta over regular pasta. These ingredients will make your recipes more satisfying. Also, if you’re a diabetic, these healthier carbs can also keep blood sugar spikes in check.

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I think this is a great recipe, especially for the winter months. I have made something similar using sour cream instead of the cream of chicken soup, and you can also spice it up a bit with some chili flakes. My husband loves anything spicy! One question, though... the recipe calls for one cup of cream of chicken soup (canned). Since the average tin of soup is more than one cup, what do you suggest we do with the remainder in the tin? It isn't enough for a serving as a soup. Any ideas? I hate to just throw it out.

Hi kenziewood, you should be able to put the remaining soup in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer for later. I hope that helps! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes

This casserole was great! I will definitely be making this the next time I have company

I LOVED the cheese and broccoli - next time I'd season the chicken a bit more or add another flavor to this (Sriracha might be a good call!), but this was delish!!

A squirt of srirachi with this was glorious!

I could do with slightly less cheese, but the broccoli, chicken, and rice combination was delicious!

I just tried it and I was surprised by how good it tasted considering I'm not the biggest fan of broccoli!

The crunchy crust balanced out the soft texture of the chicken and broccoli perfectly. What a delicious combination!

The chicken was really soft, which I think is important for a casserole, and there was just enough flavor to make this a comfort go-to dish.

I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this casserole. The cheesy crust had a light crunch that worked wonderfully with the chicken and broccoli combo!


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