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Monday, November 27, 2017

Grandma's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This chicken and broccoli casserole is a great way to get dinner on the table quickly.  It is a perfect way to use leftover chicken or turkey as well!

casserole dish filled with egg noodles, broccoli, cheese and chicken baked into a delicious casserole

       Dinner is served and it's delicious! This chicken and broccoli casserole has so many of our favorite foods in it, pasta, chicken, broccoli and cheese! It is a hit every time I make it. It is also a great way to use up some leftover chicken or turkey. It comes together quickly and bakes to perfection. Serve some to your family today!

      My husbands's grandma sent me this recipe as a response to the original email I sent out that started this wild ride.  I had some leftover turkey breast from when I made turkey and homemade egg noodles.

     This recipe seemed like a great way to use it up.  Obviously you can used leftover roast chicken, chicken breasts or you could pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store.

9x13 pan loaded with pasta, chicken, eggs and cheese ready to bake into a casserole

      I knew I would be on the road, so I made the casserole the night before up until the point you put the cheese on it.  Then I put it in the refrigerator.

     When I got home from work, all I had to do was pull it out of the fridge and preheat the oven.  I added a few minutes to the bake time because the casserole started cold.   Everyone was a fan of this one.

     The first time we had it everyone raved about it.  Now I keep it in my back pocket for whenever I have some leftover poultry.  So I pull it out a few times a year.

     I think the boys in this house have limited memory, so they act like it is the first time they see it ever time.  But they love it every time!

big serving of grandma's chicken broccoli casserole on plate with fork

    So if you are looking for a quick and tasty way to change up leftovers, this is the recipe for you.  But don't let lack of leftovers get in your way.  It is definitely worth cooking up some chicken breasts too.

    If you like tasty and comforting meals like this one, you may also enjoy creamy one pot chicken and noodles. It is a stovetop meal that all comes together in one pot.

    Or you could try MiMi's creamy chicken pot pie.  My siblings request that one for their birthday dinner and our friends always ask for it too!

    Grandma was definitely on the right track sending us this one!  I need to ask her if she has any more like this in her recipe box! What are some of your favorite ways to use up leftover chicken and turkey?

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Yield: 8 servings


Grandma's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This chicken and broccoli casserole has so many of our favorite foods in it, pasta, chicken, broccoli and cheese! It is a hit every time I make it. It is also a great way to use up some leftover chicken or turkey. It comes together quickly and bakes to perfection.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (or turkey!)
  • 1 12 ounce package frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese


How to cook Grandma's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook egg noodles according to package directions to al dente. Drain and place in a greased 9x13" pan.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan. Cook chopped onions in butter until tender. Add flour and cook for about a minute, stirring frequently. Pour in the chicken broth while stirring. Once the flour is incorporated into the broth, add milk and cook until it begins to thicken, stirring frequently. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to your taste (amounts will vary widely based on preference and which broth you use.)
  4. Spread chicken and broccoli over noodles. Pour sauce over the top of the casserole.
  5. Mix cheese together and sprinkle over the casserole.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubble and the cheese is melted. 
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This chicken and broccoli casserole is a great way to get dinner on the table quickly. It is a perfect way to use leftover chicken or turkey as well!


  1. This is such a great recipe to use those leftovers! I don't mind making it from scratch as well!! Cheezy goodness! What I love the most about it is that I can do the meal prep and keep it in the fridge and bake with the cheese whenever needed!

    1. It is handy to have a recipe you can assemble ahead, isn't it? Thanks Deepika!

  2. I think a chicken casserole is so comforting on a bust weeknight. This looks easy, hearty, filling and tasty! Great recipe Grandma! Have a great start to your week Carlee! xo

    1. Those grandmas seem to know what they are doing! Thank you so much, Andrea!

  3. This does look like a great way to use up those turkey leftovers, as well as a fabulous recipe. We like casseroles, and we like grandma's recipes too! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Grandma's recipes are the best, aren't they? This is definitely one that I find myself reaching for every time I have turkey leftovers my husband hasn't already claimed for sandwiches!

  4. I pinned it for later. I always looking for ways to add veggies to quick meals and this does the trick. Thanks.

    1. This definitely hits on both counts! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Hi Carlee, Grandma knew how to feed the family and keep it quick! I like one dish recipes, the less fuss the better. I usually make a pie with chicken or turkey leftovers, that always goes down well with the family.


    1. Mmmm! Now I wish I would have made a pie too! My husband started eyeing me anxiously when I was using too many leftovers in recipes. He loves the leftovers for sandwiches and he was worried he wouldn't get his fill!

  6. This sounds so good! I make a similar recipe using rice but I love the idea of mixing it up with some noodles. Pinned.

    1. I'll have to try it with rice now!

    2. Would you be willing to share your recipe that uses rice?

  7. Saving this for later! Grandma's are amazing!!

  8. This looks like the perfect weeknight meal for the family. PINNED! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party!

    1. It really is a family pleaser and so easy! Thanks!

  9. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and will be pinned to our Featured Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you so much, Miz Helen! It is always an honor to get a red plate!

  10. Grandmas' recipes are the best! I am grateful for the ones my Grandma shared with me! Can't wait to try this.

    1. They really are! With all that experience and love cooked in, it's hard not to love grandma's food. This is one we have really enjoyed. It's simple and comforting!

  11. This looks amazing Carlee! Wow. This screams comfort in so many ways!

  12. I've been looking for a recipe like this!!!!! Yay!!!

  13. That is just pure comfort food! Plus, it's Grandma's recipe so you know it's delicious!

  14. this looks like the perfect comfort food! I'm going to give this a try!

  15. My family does the same thing where they act like they've never had a dish that they have raved about before.

    1. It is funny that they don't remember, but reaffirming that they like it so much the second time! Sillies!

  16. I love this kind of comfort food!! It's everything you need in one dish. Not to mention, Grumpy would be all over it!

    1. It is like a warm hug from grandma on a plate! <3

  17. Yay! A casserole that all but one daughter liked (but she doesn't like much so it really doesn't counnt)! I didn't have provolone and it was a little dry so I just added more broth. Leftovers in lunch tomorrow.

    1. YAY! I am so glad everyone but one liked it. I have subbed some mozzarella in for the provolone a few times when I didn't have it. Maybe it will grow on her in time ;-)


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