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Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole: Weeknight Comfort Food Done Right

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

Craving comfort food but short on time? Look no further than this Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole – your new weeknight dinner hero! This dish is a flavor explosion waiting to happen, featuring tender, juicy chicken breasts smothered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce, all nestled amongst vibrant broccoli florets. But the magic doesn't stop there. A buttery Ritz cracker topping adds the perfect textural contrast, creating a symphony of creamy, crunchy, and delightful in every bite.

Why This Recipe Will Be Your Go-To for Busy Nights:

  • Family-Friendly Favorite: This casserole is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It's the perfect solution for busy weeknights when everyone needs a comforting and delicious meal without the fuss. No picky eaters here – this dish is sure to satisfy everyone at the table.
  • Easy Does It: Short on prep time and cleanup? This recipe is your answer! With minimal prep work and simple ingredients, this casserole comes together quickly and requires minimal cleanup. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying a delicious meal with your family.
  • Creamy, Cheesy Goodness: The star of the show is the irresistible cheddar cheese sauce. Rich and decadent, it perfectly complements the juicy chicken and tender broccoli, creating a flavor combination that will leave you wanting more.

Gather the Ingredients for Your Comfort Food Adventure:

  • Chicken Base:
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – the base of this hearty casserole
    • Cheesy Sauce:1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup – the foundation for the creamy cheese sauce
    • 1 cup milk – thins out the soup to create a smooth and pourable sauce
    • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese – melts into the sauce for an extra punch of cheesy goodness
  • Broccoli Boost:
    • 8 ounces frozen broccoli florets – adds vibrant green color and a pop of freshness
  • Buttery Ritz Cracker Topping:
    • 1 ½ cups Ritz crackers, crushed – provides a delightful textural contrast with a buttery flavor
    • 4 tablespoons melted butter – binds the crushed crackers together and adds richness
  • Seasoning:
    • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt (or to taste) – enhances the overall flavor profile

Step-by-Step Guide to Cheesy Bliss:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Get your oven ready by preheating it to 350°F (175°C). In a small bowl, whisk together the condensed cheddar cheese soup and milk according to the package directions. This will be the base for your creamy cheese sauce.
  2. Seasoning the Chicken: Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and sprinkle them with seasoned salt to taste. Seasoning the chicken adds an extra layer of flavor that shines through in the final dish.
  3. Building the Layers: Now for the fun part – layering the flavors! Pour ¾ of the prepared cheese sauce over the seasoned chicken breasts. This creates a bed of creamy goodness for the chicken to rest on. Then, evenly distribute the frozen broccoli florets on top of the cheesy sauce. The broccoli adds a pop of color, freshness, and a delightful contrasting texture.
  4. Creating the Crunchy Topping: In a separate bowl, combine the crushed Ritz crackers with the melted butter. Mix well to ensure all the crackers are coated in the buttery goodness. This will be your delightful textural contrast – a buttery, crunchy topping that adds another dimension of flavor. Sprinkle the buttery cracker mixture evenly over the broccoli layer.
  5. Baking to Perfection: Now it's time for the magic to happen! Pour the remaining cheese sauce over the casserole and bake it for approximately 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. A good indicator of doneness is when the juices run clear when the thickest part of the chicken breast is pierced with a knife.
  6. Cheesy Finish: Once the casserole is done baking, remove it from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese. This adds an extra layer of cheesy goodness and a beautiful golden finish. Let the casserole stand for a few minutes before serving to allow the cheese to melt slightly. This ensures a perfectly gooey and delicious experience.
  7. Dinnertime Delight: Serve this Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole alongside your favorite sides for a complete and satisfying weeknight meal. Enjoy the creamy cheddar cheese sauce, juicy chicken, vibrant broccoli, and the delightful textural contrast of the buttery Ritz cracker topping. It's a flavor and texture explosion in every delicious bite!