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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.

EatingWell.com, November 2022


Credit: Photographer: Brie Goldman, Food Stylist: Lauren McAnelly, Prop Stylist: Holly Raibikis

Recipe Summary

25 mins
45 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

about 1 1/3 cups
545 calories; protein 45g; carbohydrates 38g; dietary fiber 5g; sugars 8g; fat 24g; saturated fat 6g; mono fat 13g; poly fat 3g; cholesterol 105mg; vitamin a iu 1362IU; vitamin b3 niacin 17mg; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin c 41mg; vitamin d iu 52IU; vitamin e iu 3IU; folate 66mg; vitamin k 2mg; sodium 738mg; calcium 250mg; chromium 1mcg; iron 3mg; magnesium 87mg; phosphorus 495mg; potassium 661mg; zinc 3mg; omega 6 fatty acid 2g; niacin equivalents 25mg; selenium 57mcg.