Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

College was some of the best years of my life.  I was lucky enough to keep the same roommates for the three years I was there.  They have become some of my dearest and closest friends.  Every Sunday, we would take turns doing “Roommate Dinner”.  There were 4 of us, and each of us was in charge of one week of the month.  My roommate, Steph, was known for this dish.  I never got the recipe from her before she left on her mission, so I kind of invented my own version. It is FANTASTIC!

It is now a household favorite and I am constantly getting this request for dinner from my husband.

If you are a mom, or a wife that needs to make a meal in a crunch, you know casseroles are one of the easiest dishes to make!

4.0 from 4 reviews
Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole
An easy, fast and delicious dinner!
Recipe type: Entrée
  • 1 (16 oz.) bag frozen broccoli
  • 1-2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 2 (8 oz.) blocks cream cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ¾ cup Parmesan Cheese, separtated
  • Ritz Crackers, crushed
  1. Cook broccoli in salted water according to bag directions.
  2. Place the broccoli in a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
  3. Heat the milk, cream cheese, garlic salt and ½ cup Parmesan cheese over low heat, stirring until the mixture is smooth.
  4. (Sometimes, I microwave the cream cheese for a minute or so until it is soft, then put it in a saucepan along with the other ingredients and cook until smooth and warmed through. It helps cut back on some time.)
  5. Pour 1 cup of sauce over the broccoli.
  6. Next add the chicken into the pan and pour rest of sauce over it.
  7. Sprinkle the top with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.


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  1. Sharishortcake

    I made this for my family tonight and they all loved it! Everyone went back for more. I started from scratch, simmering my own chicken and chopping fresh broccoli, but even with that, it was a nice easy recipe, not stressful at all. The sauce is so rich, delicious, creamy and smooth, that I can see other applications for it in other dishes too. I have to eat low carb and this fit right in with my dietary requirements. This along with a nice big green salad made such a nice and comforting dinner. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with us.

  2. kristen

    Can I use fresh broccoli for this?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, you definitely could!

  3. krista

    i make this except i only use one block of cream cheese and then a container of the cream cheese cooking cream and a little half and half. soooooo yummy! we eat ours over pasta!!!

  4. Julie

    That sounds really good - and easy - and my family likes all those ingredients! Will for sure be trying this soon. I've made a few of your recipes, and everything always turns out to be yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lynn

    Made this tonight and it was awesome! Used one container of the italian herb cooking creme in place of one block of cream cheese and put it over egg noodles. Yum! Thank you!

  6. Tiffani

    Tonight I made this delicious recipe!Wow was it great, I did not have Ritz so I used Panko instead.This is definately being added to my rotating list! Thank you for this great recipe.

  7. Natalie

    I made this tonight for Sunday dinner with my roommates at BYU! It was sooo yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Niki

    I made this last night for supper.... yummy! I used the canned chicken to save on time. Thanks for another great recipe!!!

  9. Casey M

    Tried it! I only used one block of cream cheese, and a half a can of cream of mushroom soup. Let the chicken marinate in fresh basil and oregano before mixing it in with the casserole. Also used fresh broccoli. It was delicious, the whole family loved it -- even the 21 month old

    1. Summer K.


      THANK YOU!!!!! I was just thinking I had to run to the store to buy one more block of cream cheese for this recipe, but then I saw your comment about the cream of mushroom soup. How perfect!!! I will use the 1 block I have, and then a can of creamy soup. Genius!!! My brain doesn't always think of substitutes, so I'm very grateful yours does! :-) You just saved me a trip to the store!

  10. Sherry

    I made this 2 days ago. Even my hubby liked it & he doesn't like anything! LOL
    Tonight, I've cooked a very little bit of pasta & put the leftovers on top & put it back in the oven.
    Can't wait for it to come out! I think it might even be better the second time around. Thank you SO much for this recipe!!

  11. Krista

    I was wondering if I could turn this into a crockpot meal. Would the chicken cook in the cream cheese mixture? I love the recipe over pasta!

  12. Stephanie

    Made this last night! Everyone loved it! I used one cream cheese block and italian cooking cream. We ate it over egg noodles. This will go into our rotation. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Heather

    This was super yummy. I made it last night and it made my house smell delicious. Everyone loved it. So easy and really cheap to grab the ingredients ( about 18 dollars ). I used a rotisserie chicken and it turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing !

  14. Veronica

    A half recipe fit in an 11x7 pan. Made with raw broccoli (in an ungreased baking dish) and the broccoli was still on the overdone side. Not sure what the huge fuss about this is; we didn't think it was particularly great. Sorry.

  15. Sher

    Nikki, do I use grated or shredded parmesan cheese for this recipe? Didn't know if I should use the powder parm cheese in the container or the other kind...or does it matter?

    1. Chef in Training

      I use the kind in the green can for this recipe

  16. Bailee

    Can this be made in the morning and placed in the fridge until dinner time?

  17. Kori S

    We're making this tonight! I love this website - quick and easy meals for families on the go!! Side note: if you need shredded chicken in a pinch - use your Kitchen Aid mixer. Poach chicken breasts for ten minutes. Then cover and let sit for ten minutes off the burner. Use the paddle attachment on your mixer. Toss chicken in and mix on low until you've reached your desired shreddedness! Careful though - my husband walked away while it was mixing and we ended up with pulverized chicken which didn't turn out well. LOL. It only takes a few minutes, less than 2!

  18. Tammy Bahr


    I have not made this recipe yet but by all the good comments Im going to ! What I need to know is,how many does it serve ? Im thinking of making this for Christmas eve for the whole family,there will be about 12 here.Im thinking I need to make two but thought I would ask first.Thank you.

  19. Ted Meadows


    This was really easy to make and my wife and kids all loved this dinner. Thank you soo much.

  20. Summer K.


    I made this and thought it was so easy!! As I made the initial sauce, I thought, 'hmmm this is basically Alfredo sauce... which means this recipe is gonna be amazing!!!' And it was!!! I made it in 2 batches: a small batch for supper Friday night for the Sabbath, and then a bigger pan to bring to our weekly potluck fellowship. BIG HIT!!! My hubby approved so much he kept asking if we could just bring something else to the potluck so we could keep the whole casserole for ourselves. Heeheehee We loved it!!! I'm pulling up the recipe to make it again and shooting myself in the foot for not picking up another block of cream cheese when I was out. This recipe is definitely worth a quick trip to the store!!