Easy Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole is a classic and comforting side dish that’s great with a weeknight meal or holiday buffet.

Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

The Southern Hospitality of Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

I just have to share my family’s recipe for classic Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole that I’ve been eating since as long as I can remember. It’s one of those side dishes that my grandma always made for holidays and family gatherings and that my mom would make as an easy side dish for a weeknight dinner. It’s definitely a flavor memory for me!

Watch Me Make Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Join me in the kitchen as I make this classic and comforting side dish!

A Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish

This casserole is just downright delicious! Rice (you can use white rice, brown rice or long grain rice — it’s up to you!) and broccoli are combined with a creamy cheese sauce then covered in more cheese and crushed potato chips before being baked to casserole heaven.

I use processed cheese to make it extra creamy, but I’ve had it with cheddar cheese (or even sharp cheddar cheese) and it was just as delicious.

If you’re looking for an easy weeknight side dish or a great casserole to take to a potluck or holiday get-together, you can’t go wrong with this cheesy broccoli rice casserole.

Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

And It’s Flexible!

Some folks cook their rice in chicken broth for extra flavor. You could even add chopped rotisserie chicken to it and call it a meal in itself. Protein? Check! Vegetables? Check! Whole grains? Check! Look at you go! Otherwise, we serve it alongside some meat (think pork chops or barebecue).

I mean, ask anyone from the South. Broccoli casserole goes great with turkey dinner on Thanksgiving!) and a big green salad.

This easy broccoli rice casserole recipe is one of those go-to casseroles that I know everyone will enjoy, especially my boys. They gobble it up like they’ve never been fed before and usually beg for seconds.

Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

More Comfort Food Dishes You’ll Crave

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  • Great Grilled Cheese: A warm, melty grilled cheese with a crisp butter outside and a gooey melted center is the ultimate comfort food.
  • Crowd-Pleasing Turkey Lasagna: Gather the family around the table for the comfort of a hot, delicious meal. Fresh herbs, creamy cheeses, and ground turkey make this pasta dish a labor of love that everyone will enjoy.
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes: Plenty of butter, just the right amount of seasoning and a secret ingredient make these Creamy Mashed Potatoes the stuff Sunday dinner memories are made of. 

What Do I Need to Make Broccoli Rice Casserole?

  • Quick cooking white rice
  • Unsalted butter
  • Medium white onion
  • Fresh broccoli
  • Canned cream of chicken soup
  • American cheese (such as Velveeta)
  • Milk
  • Crushed potato chips
  • Casserole dish
Ingredient for broccoli rice casserole in small glass dishes.

How to Make Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook rice according to package directions.Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and broccoli florets and cook until onion is transparent.
  • Add soup, 4 ounces cheese and milk. Stir until cheese is melted. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cooked rice. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 8×8-inch casserole dish or baking dish.
  • Shred or crumble remaining 4 ounces cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with the crushed potato chips.
Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama
  • Bake for 30 minutes until cheese on top is melted and casserole is bubbly.
Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

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How to Store Broccoli Rice Casserole

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

If freezing, be sure let it cool completely before storing. This storage container set is my absolute favorite for food storage because it has various sizes for storing different amounts in the fridge or freezer.

Holiday Hint

Making this broccoli rice casserole in advance?

I almost always prep our Thanksgiving sides 2-3 days in advance of holidays. I would recommend prepping to just before topping with potato chips, let cool for 30 minutes, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. When ready to bake, let set at room temp for 30 minutes, top with potato chips and then bake.

Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

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Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Casseroles

Description

Easy cheesy broccoli rice casserole is a classic and comforting side dish that’s great with a weeknight meal or holiday buffet.


Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups quick cooking white rice (about 4 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli, large stems removed and broken into small pieces
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces processed American cheese, divided (such as Velveeta)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup crushed potato chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and broccoli and cook until onion is transparent. Add soup, 4 ounces cheese and milk. Stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in cooked rice. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 8×8-inch casserole dish. Shred or crumble remaining 4 ounces cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with the crushed potato chips.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese on top is melted and casserole is bubbly.

Notes

You could use a 10 ounce package of chopped frozen broccoli in place of the fresh broccoli, if desired.

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    1. Hi, Katie! Absolutely! I’ve added shredded rotisserie chicken to it to make it a meal. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

    1. Hi, Felicia! You can always use cream of vegetable soup, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can make a roux out of butter, flour and milk. I hope this helps! Enjoy!

  1. I made this trying to trick my kids into eating broccoli. I fooled 1 out of 3, so I’ll take that as a win anyways. The one that ate it had 4 servings of it. Thanks for such an amazing recipe! It’s delicious!

    1. Hi, Janadel! I have never made it with that mix of cheeses, so I can’t say for sure. I have seen other recipes use mozzarella and cheddar. I say it’s worth a shot.

  2. Can this broccoli rice casserole be made the day before, without being dried out? Would youbake it the day before and warm the next day or would you combine all ingredients and bake the next day? Thank you!

    1. Hi, Mary! YES! I almost always prep ours 2-3 days in advance of holidays. I would recommend prepping to just before topping with potato chips, let cool for 30 minutes, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. When ready to bake, let set at room temp for 30 minutes, top with potato chips and then bake. I hope this helps! Enjoy!

  3. I doubled it up and used velvetta and sharp cheddar. So good that I’m going freeze dry it for
    my prepper pantry. Thanks alot 🌺

      1. Hi Jonessa! No, you can definitely omit the chips. They’re just included for a delicious crunch and saltiness in every bite to compliment the other great flavors and textures. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Mary! Yes, absolutely! Prep it to the point of adding the cheese on top and then cover it and place it in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to bake it, remove it from the refrigerator and let it set at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then add the crushed potato chips and bake according to instructions. Enjoy!

  4. Sounds really delicious and I look forward to making this dish. What kind of rice is the best for this dish?
    Thanks Maegan!

    1. Hi Beverly! I usually use a long-grain white rice like basmati or texmati. You could certainly use any cooked rice though as I have used brown rice and it turns out just as great. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  5. I followed the recipe exactly and it was so yummy! Everyone loved this. We will definitely be making this again soon!

  6. Love broccoli! Thanks for the recipe… and what do you know, it works during Christmas too!

  7. When my youngest requested a dish over and over it means, he liked it very much. And this one is one of the chosen ones. The first time I tried it was during our weekend gathering and he thought that he can still have it the next day. He likes the blend of rice, cheese and the potato chips.

    1. Hi Sarah! So happy to hear you love it as much as we do. We add chicken sometimes too and it sure makes for a great meal. Continue to enjoy! 🙂

  8. I do not particularly like broccoli, but in your performance, it turned out very tasty. And considering that it is also useful, then +100500! Thank you for sharing.

  9. I made this brown rice dish because of my allergies. It turned out very tasty, thanks for the recipe!

  10. This dish lived at my place for several minutes) and all because we adore cream cheese. Incredible softness and taste, this is such a delicate dish, I and the whole family are delighted, thank you!

  11. Look yummy! One of my favorite Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, nice to see your recipe, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!

  12. I am fond of healthy food. Rice and broccoli are two boots – a pair. Keto diet always favors. Beautifully presented. My wife will forward your link with the recipe. I will keep track of your masterpieces of food

  13. Maegan, these were fabulous! So fresh and yummy and we loved the colors of everything! Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Hi Anna! We usually serve it alongside chicken (rotisserie, grilled or pan-seared), sausages or fish. And sometimes serve it with a simple salad and some bread as well. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  14. I doubled the recipe and used white jasmine rice. Also put in a crockpot, added the chips on top a few minutes before serving.

  15. Yum, this is making me so hungry….I make one like this also….it is delicious….if someone hasn’t made this before I urge you to make it right now……you won’t be disappointed…….