Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Cheddar Broccoli Casserole

I was tickled pink when I got my March Secret Recipe Club assignment from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin  because I was given my daughter, Erin’s, blog, Making Memories…One Fun Thing After Another.  I had thought about how much fun that would be (never in a million years thought it would happen) and wondered whether I could keep the secret if it ever did happen.  I think I managed to pull it off and I expect her to be very surprised today when she checks to see which blogger got her blog.  Hehehe…Erin.  Surprise!!!!  I’m so happy to be able to tell you about Erin’s blog because if you have kids or grandkids you like to bake with and do craft projects with you will think you hit the mother lode when you visit Making Memories…One Fun Thing After Another.    The thing I like so much about Erin’s blog and would have appreciated as a young mother of three small children who was on a very strict budget is that her recipes and craft projects use every day, inexpensive ingredients that kids of all ages can make and have lots of fun with.

Secret Recipe Club

But first the recipe.  I was in the mood for some comfort food when I looked through Erin’s blog for a recipe for this post.  I have done lots of baking recently so wanted to switch to a hearty dish that made good leftovers.  This recipe for cheddar broccoli casserole was just what I was looking for.  Erin often takes her lunch to work with her (she’s a middle school counselor) and she commented that this dish freezes well and easily reheats in the microwave  at school.  It reminds me of my favorite recipe for cheddar broccoli soup.  I used  extra sharp Tillamook cheddar cheese for lots of cheesy flavor. This is a perfect dish for busy weekdays because ingredients can be prepped ahead,  assembled in the morning before work, then popped into the oven for a quick 30 minute heat through while you set the table and make a salad.  This casserole is de-licious and will be something that I make again and again.  Adding chicken was wonderful, but it can be left out if you prefer. This would be a great side with baked ham (thinking ahead to Easter here). You could easily half the recipe if you want a smaller amount.


A serving of Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Casserole


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Trish Yearwood's Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Casserole
I found this recipe from Trish Yearwood's book on Making Memories...One Fun Thing After Another.
  • 3 - 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 4 cups cooked broccoli cut into medium size pieces
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion (my addition)
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce (my addition)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced (my addition)
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, grated (half mixed into the sauce, half sprinkled on top)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13-inch casserole with cooking spray. Layer cooked rice, broccoli and chicken in the pan.
  3. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice and chicken soup. Add 2 cups of the grated cheese and mix well. Pour over the rice mixture. Top with the remaining grated cheese.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbly and browned.


Erin has a terrific selection of cookies and pastries on her blog.  She always gets her kids involved in the  kitchen so they have become good at rolling out dough, decorating, mixing ingredients, reading a recipe, and of course doing a taste test.  With all this going on you can imagine that Erin’s house is one of the most popular in her neighborhood.  She has lots of party ideas, games, party favors and warm weather  activities that will keep you and your kids happily busy through the summer ahead. I hope you will stop by Making Memories…One Fun Thing After Another and say hello to Erin and tell her that her mama sent you…LOL

Octo-Dog and Shells

 This was one of Erin’s early posts and I still laugh every time I see it. Notice the little goldfish among the shells.

Racing to the Table

  Racing to the Dinner Table.  

Very Cute little Sloppy Joe Race Cars.


Corn Dog Cookies

 Corn Dog Cookies.   Perfect for Newberg’s Old Fashioned Days Summer Picnics.

Dye-ving Dudes Easter Eggs

   Dye-ving Dudes Easter Eggs

How to Mail and Easter Egg

Believe it or not, you can take a filled Easter egg to the post office and mail it.  Find out how.


Homemade Bird Seed Biscuits

 Homemade Bird Seed Biscuits

Glow in the Dark Drinks

 Glow in the Dark Drinks

Homemade Super Balls

 Homemade Super Balls.   I think this is one of Erin’s most popular posts.


Homemade Slime

 Homemade Slime.  What child wouldn’t love this!

Homemade Christmas Reindeer Candy Wrappers

 Homemade Christmas Candy Wrappers.   You will see how to make Reindeer, Santas and Snowmen

Mad Scientist Party

Mad Scientist Party – There are two posts for this party so be sure you see both of them to learn how to make eyeball cupcakes, a tornado in a jar, magic worms and much more.



  1. says

    Oh boy, does THAT look yummy, Cathy! How fun that the recipe came from your DD’s blog. I shall go visit her in a minute, but I wanted to tell you I appreciate all those fun ideas you shared, as well. We’ve done the “slime” one & it IS lots of fun, but I can’t WAIT for Ms. C. to return from spring break so I can make her that octopus hotdog with the goldfish crackers. She will just love it, I know. Thanks a million for just that one idea alone.

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  2. says

    The casserole looks wonderful! Can I leave out the broccoli? :)

    Erin’s blog is adorable! I am going to see how to mail an egg to my gkids!

    Erin told me she had a hard time with the oreo cake pan. I have used it without a problem. BUT she used a brownie recipe. I told her to see if it worked with cake, brownies would be too difficult to make the impression I think.
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  3. says

    I love casseroles like this. I used to make them all the time when my kids were younger, and we were on such a tight budget, like your daughter. I love all the cheese and broccoli in this dish!
    Cathy, your daughter’s blog looks so fun;I’m going to recommend it to my 2 daughter-in-laws. Thanks

  4. Aimee says

    What an awesome blog your daughter has! I am going to add it to my bloglist and let my daughter-in-law know about it. Such CUTE ideas–I love the octo-dog! Little does my hot dog lovin’ hubby know but he will be having one for dinner soon:)
    Thanks for your visit.
    Blessings, Aimee
    PS: Your casserole sounds very good! I love, love, love extra sharp Tillamook cheese.

  5. says

    How great for you, Cathy! Your daughter has a wonderful blog. This casserole looks and sounds delicious. I have the cookbook so will check it out in there. Have a good evening!

  6. says

    How much fun is that – getting your daughter’s blog. Thanks for clueing us into it – again, I could have used that as a young mother. Love the broccoli cheese casserole too – as you said, it would be a great side dish or main course.
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  7. says

    What a coincidence! She has an adorable blog with some great ideas. I love this casserole not only because of the flavors, but also because you have your protein your starch and your veggie all in one dish. That is perfect easy weeknight meal to me!

  8. says

    Haha! How cool is that?? Love Erin’s craft stuff – the diver eggs look FAAAAABULOUS!! And I don’t care which famous person the casserole recipe belongs to – it’s full of so much good stuff I couldn’t NOT make it!!
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  9. says

    This is one comfort food my husband often requests.
    Love the name of Erin’s blog. She is full of great ideas and must be a fantastic loving mom.

  10. says

    How fun to have gotten Erin’s blog! The casserole sounds cheesy and hearty – nice choice. I love Erin’s corn dog cookies… I may have to make some and send them to my granddaughters!
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  11. says

    Now how come I didn’t know you were Erin’s mom????? How fun! I’m such a fan of you both…this just tickles me. And this looks like an amazing casserole…I will keep this in mind for a friend who will have surgery soon…and her hubby is apprehensive about it all as you’d expect. The one thing he is looking forward is to the delivery of casseroles by friends :) My first option has been found today.

    Have a great week, Cathy!
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  12. says

    Oh Wow, Cathy! Your daughter’s blog posts are very popular on Pinterest as I know I’ve pinned many to my “Kiddo Fun” and “Kiddo Food” Pinterest folders! I never knew Erin was your daughter! She is very talented. I like her broccoli cheese casserole…it is a tasty and easy meal to prepare!
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  13. says

    How fun is that, that you got to do your daugher’s blog! She has so many fun ideas. Thanks for introducing us to her. I know she will be so thrilled with the big surprise. I have seen the octopus hot dog before, but the Goldfish are the perfect touch. Making kid’s food is soooo much fun and when they help they are more willing to try something new!
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  14. says

    What a nice surprise for both you and Erin that you were given her blog for SRC! It’s funny, I was just reading an article of Trish Yearwood in our food section today. The casserole looks delicious!

    I love the samples of Erin’s blog that you shared! I can’t wait to go and take a peak myself!
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  15. says

    That is so funny that you got Erin’s blog. I really love her blog. She seems like such a great mom, doing so many fun things with her kids and teaching them to make delicious treats. This casserole looks delicious. I remember when she posted it thinking it looked like something my family would love. I will definitely have to make it:)
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