Stovetop Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Stovetop Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

12 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012

We trimmed 9 grams of fat and almost 100 calories in this makeover of cheesy chicken-and-broccoli casserole. All the raw ingredients are layered in a skillet, then simmered for a quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat egg noodles
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 14- to 16-ounce package frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped, if desired
  • 1½ cups skim milk
  • ½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ cups shredded Colby-Jack or Cheddar cheese


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  1. Place noodles in a large skillet. Pour broth over the noodles. Layer chicken, then broccoli over the noodles.
  2. Whisk milk, mayonnaise, flour, dry mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour over the broccoli.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the noodles and chicken are cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  5. When the casserole is done, sprinkle cheese on top and broil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 446 calories; 15 g fat(7 g sat); 6 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 63 mcg folate; 75 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 1,128 IU vitamin A; 27 mg vitamin C; 303 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 662 mg sodium; 424 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Calcium (30% dv), Vitamin A (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 12

October 02, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
So easy! This has become a go-to weeknight meal. The hardest part of the whole recipe is chopping up the chicken breast, and it's good for four servings. I use almond milk (I just prefer it) and I double the spices. I use a good quality full-fat cheddar on top since the rest of the dish is fairly low in calories. It's really good with whole wheat egg noodles, if you can find them. Pros: quick, tasty, easy cleanup
March 04, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
This was a great, simple recipe that we will now throw into our routine! I substituted cream of chicken for the mayo and added some garlic herb breadcrumbs on top of the cheese before broiling and this added a bit more flavor and warms up nicely for lunch leftovers! Pros: Easy to make
February 26, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Easy & Good My family really enjoyed this and I was pleased with how easy it was to throw together for a weeknight meal. We love heavily spiced and seasoned food, but sometimes mild, creamy comfort food is just what the doctor ordered, and this recipe fills that role nicely. I'm wondering if different brands of mayonnaise are the reason why some reviewers are finding this overly bland or strangely. We use Hellmans Light, and it was perfect, but I can imagine some other brands I've tasted (and certainly Miracle Whip) resulting in a funny taste. Pros: Uses on-hand ingredients, very little prep, kid-friendly, healthy comfort food
February 20, 2013
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By: mss4038
Easy, creamy, yummy I though this was really good, and my whole family enjoyed it, most importantly my 5yo and 2yo. The noodles and chicken cooked up perfectly for me. The only issue I came across was the sauce and noodles stuck to the center of the pan...tried lowering the simmer and still stuck a bit, but it didn't cause any problems with the final product. Some might finds this meal bland, and it is a little bit, but sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for. Creamy comfort food, yum. Pretty healthy too. Would still be good with less cheese if you want to cut fat and calories a little bit. Will make this again. Pros: Super easy and quick, on hand ingredients, one pot
October 04, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Will make it again Add a little more broth near the end as noodles were'nt quite done. Husband liked it, Son added spices thought it was bland and I loved it Pros: Very easy to make, Cons: A little bland
July 14, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Stovetop Chicken & Broccoli Casserole How Can this delicious recipe be adapted to just oven use?
May 25, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Very good dish...the creamiest! Was very good and the cheddar cheese just added wonderful flavor!
May 14, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Meh Mine was also a bit sweet and not much flavor. The noodles got starchy and stuck together. I'm going back to cooking noodles separately and mixing ingredients after they are cooked. Pros: Easy Cons: Bland and sticky
May 14, 2012
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By: stepri2000
Fast, easy, healthy, and only one pot! We made this one night on the spur of the moment, so didn't have chicken defrosted. We used salmon (from a packet) instead. I think you could also use tuna, making this a wonderful alternative to the standard tuna casserole with canned soup and no vegetables! Additionally, it was easy enough that my husband was able to make this one night when I was incapacitated. And it's only one pot, too! (Perhaps it was a little bland, but no more bland than other versions of this type of casserole. Pros: Quick, One-pot, Easy Cons: None

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