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.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
5 1/2 cups
Nutrition Profile:
a recipe photo of Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Casserole with Broccoli
Photographer: Brie Goldman, Food Stylist: Lauren McAnelly, Prop Stylist: Holly Raibikis


  • 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.

    a recipe photo of Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Casserole with Broccoli
    Photographer: Brie Goldman, Food Stylist: Lauren McAnelly, Prop Stylist: Holly Raibikis

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

545 Calories
24g Fat
38g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 1/3 cups
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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