Creamy Lemon-Parmesan Chicken Casserole


This creamy chicken casserole recipe pops with lemon and savory Parmesan cheese. It's also loaded with vitamin C-packed broccoli. Using whole-wheat orzo ups the fiber content in this healthful and comforting dinner.

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Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
5 1/2 cups
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups reduced-fat milk

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 12 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cups cooked whole-wheat orzo

  • ½ cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until mostly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Sprinkle in flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir in Parmesan until melted. Add chicken, orzo and the broccoli mixture; stir until well coated. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

  4. Combine panko, lemon zest and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole. Bake until browned and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

545 Calories
24g Fat
38g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 545
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 45g 90%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Vitamin A 1362IU 27%
Vitamin C 41mg 46%
Vitamin D 52IU 13%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 66mcg 17%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 738mg 32%
Calcium 250mg 19%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 87mg 21%
Potassium 661mg 14%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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