We love roast chicken and we have it every couple of weeks. We only eat a small portion on roasting day and then look for ways to use the leftover chicken. I debone it right away so I can make stock from the carcass so there’s always some noodley chicken soup.
I’ve mixed some chicken with BBQ sauce and stuffed a baked potato and I’ve made heaps of chicken pies but yesterday I wanted something different. I’d just been to the veggie store and had some lovely broccoli and wonderful mushrooms and my casserole was born.
Leftover nights are always pretty quick – mostly just assembly and last night was easy peasy. The chicken was chopped and stored in a plastic bag in the fridge and I precooked the broccoli for about 5 minutes. Slicing the mushrooms and quickly sauteing them didn’t take long at all.
Normally, I would make everything by hand but I was tired and needed an easy meal. Cream of mushroom soup was the answer. I put the cooked broccoli on the bottom of a casserole, topped it with the mushrooms and chicken and dotted it with little hunks of cream cheese. Then I poured a mixture of cream of mushroom soup and milk over it all and grated some cheddar cheese. I topped that with bread crumbs and dotted that with some butter.
In the oven at 200C/400F and it only took about 20 minutes.
It was delicious. I served it with a simple salad and John ate two helpings.
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 8 button mushrooms
- 1½ cups cooked chicken
- ¼ cup cream cheese in small hunks
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese (could use ½ cup if you like cheese)
- ½ cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Preheat oven 200C/400F
- Chop cooked chicken into bite sized pieces
- Cook chopped broccoli in boiling water for 5-6 minutes, drain.
- Slice mushrooms and saute over medium heat until lightly brown
- Place broccoli in the bottom of a casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the mushrooms over the broccoli.
- Sprinkle half the cheese over the mushrooms.
- Layer the chicken over the broccoli and mushrooms.
- Dot the cream cheese over the chicken.
- Mix the milk and cream of mushroom soup together and pour over the broccoli, mushrooms and chicken.
- Sprinkle the other half of the cheese and the bread crumbs over the casserole and dot with the butter.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) says
I love this sort of leftover dish – easy and delicious.
Look absolutely delicious !!
John@Kitchen Riffs says
What a great way to use cooked chicken! Or turkey, if you have that on hand (and I actually do). I don’t make a lot of casseroles and don’t know why not — I always enjoy them when I do. A lot of classic flavors in this dish — thanks.
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Winter comfort at it’s best, love the bread crumb topping!
Hotly Spiced says
What great comfort food, Maureen. This is a great way to use up leftover chicken – shame we never have any leftovers around here! I love how this was so quick and easy to put together and the golden crust on the top looks wonderful xx
I love this recipe, looks delicious Maureen! Casseroles make great comfort foods. My wife makes several different variations of this recipe. Our kids like it when she makes it and adds rice!
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Lizzy (Good Things) says
Sounds fantastic, Maureen, really delicious! One of my favourite curries (one I’ve been making for 40 years, no less, is made with a BBQ chicken and a can of cream of chicken soup). A lovely recipe, bookmarking for busy nights xo
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Oh no, the long comment I just typed in disappeared when I hit submit!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Trying again… what a delicious looking meal, Maureen! Love it… one of my favourite curries uses BBQ chicken with a can of cream of chicken soup… I’ve been making it for 40 years!. Bookmarking this for a rainy day!
I never get tired of chicken. In fact, I usually wish I had some more left over cause I get inspired for a new dish just as I’m finishing devouring the one currently on my plate. Which is why, even though I’m cooking for one, I buy a 12 pound turkey when it’s on sale for 99 cents a pound … all that lovely meat to play with. 🙂
I’m doing a spinach ‘rollatini’ or roll up on Sunday with a few chicken cutlets that I pounded and assembled today. I would have made it today but I had to finish off the freshly made spinach pasta dish I made yesterday.
For some reason my earlier comment didn’t show up so I’ll try again.
Anyway, I wanted to say that I think this is another great way to use up chicken. You can never have enough ideas, in my opinion, though I DO love just eating the roast chicken straight. That’s why, even though I only cook for one person, I buy the 12 pound turkeys when they go on sale for 99 cents … all that lovely meat to play with.
I’m making chicken tomorrow too. A spinach and ricotta chicken breast roll up to use up the leftover spinach from making spinach pasta.
Quick and easy and looks and sounds so delish. This is a must make, Maureen.
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day! Looks very warm and welcoming indeed Maureen!
Great recipe…great…like you! WISH I could try some now!
Taste of Beirut says
This looks absolutely DIVINE!
A fabulous week night idea Maureen. This would work very well at my house…thats if John hadnt eaten it all and not left me any.
I can make it again 🙂
I do love a good casserole now and then. 🙂 They’re so comforting and easy to make. 🙂 Mmm.
Eva Taylor says
We roasted a flat chicken last night too and I’m planning on some creative uses for the left overs too. I love chicken carcass soup, it’s so delicious and it’s free! The casserole looks like something JT would love, I have broccoli on hand too!
Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) says
John wouldn’t have been the only one to eat two helpings. I love dishes like this.
HI Maureen, what a lovely casserole, I love dishes like this it’s a keeper!
What a nice recipe, Maureen. An interesting way to use leftover chicken.
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
Yum! I haven’t had a casserole in a while and now I am craving it 🙂
Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet says
That looks so delicious. I would never guess it was a quick left over dish.
I have some left over chicken in the frig right now from a Costco rotisserie chicken. For $4.99 that is a good buy and a fast dinner/lunch but with just the two of us it is always enough for several meals (or the freezer). This would be an excellent way to get in a fast dinner with some of it! That is a great recipe creation, thanks 🙂
Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine says
This sounds and looks delish! Such a great comfort meal. I love how many different things you can do with roasted chicken though I have to admit I often cheat and use rotisserie chicken from Costco. That would make this even easier. Love it!
InTolerant Chef says
Sounds nice and easy after a busy day Maureen. I bet it went down a treat 🙂
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
A chicken goes a long way for a couple of people which is good. This looks like the best comfort food ever! 😀
sherry mackay from sherryspickings says
this sounds and looks so good. my fave things- chicken mushrooms and broccoli. yum yum.
and so comforting.
Gourmet Getaways says
This looks sooo good and I can just imagine the heavenly taste of chicken with broccoli and melted cheese. Oh so yummy!
I use leftover chicken in casseroles all the time – so fast & easy! Very nice 🙂
Judy @Savoring Today says
Roast chicken is a favorite of mine, I may not eat much of the meat the first day, but you can bet I’ll feast on the crisp skin. The leftovers make the best, quick meals, so I often roast two at a time. Your chicken broccoli casserole looks delicious and comforting. 🙂
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Oh this is perfect comfort food! Love it – really sounds wonderful.
Mary Frances says
Looks great Maureen! You can never go wrong with good roast chicken.
Weird as it sounds, I love when I have left over coz it gives me an opportunity to create something different/new. We often make roast chicken too and I guess my daughter will love this casserole. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Your casserole looks delicious with that golden brown crust.
We normally eat the two chicken Marylands and wings and hand pull the breast meat and mix it with kewpie mayo, black pepper and roasting juices for chicken sandwiches with toasted sourdough the next day. Soooo good!!
Krissie - Pearls of Style says
I love recipes that can use leftovers! As I’m usually cooking for one I always have things left. This is a lovely recipe Maureen, I’ll definitely whip it up over here to warm my bones in the London winter.
Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com
Choc Chip Uru says
A perfect casserole for cold gloomy rainy days no doubt 😀
Looks like golden perfection!
Choc Chip Uru
AC | iwandered.net says
I love chicken casserole! I would have more than 2 servings if it were up to me
Kitchen Belleicious says
casseroles are a mom’s best friend. I grew up eating them but my husband obviously had a bad experience at one point so when I make casseroles (and I always do) I have to call them “bakes”. he never knows the difference! LOL! This one looks AMAZING
Kitchen Belleicious says
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Everything I love is in this dish: chicken, cheese, broccoli and mushrooms. I usually rely on something canned or packaged to plump up a dish when I’m trying to use up leftovers. This is great, fast and easy and delicious!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
I have half a roasted chicken sitting in my fridge as I write this. It sounds like my timing was perfect…I just need to run to the market for some broccoli.
Pure comfort food! And a great way to repurpose last night’s chicken!!
What a beautiful and tasty casserole Maureen, I like that you used leftover and transformed into this amazing dish…
Thanks for the inspiration…hope you are having a wonderful week 😀
This looks great Maureen! A wonderful mid week meal, healthy, delicious and quick. John is a lucky man 😀
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says
Perfect comfort food. Love your golden, crisp top.
Innovative Maureen. I am not a fan of broccoli, but can give this a try.
Denise Browning says
I love casseroles because they are a complete meal…This one looks so tasty and handy. I’ll have to try it next time I have chicken leftovers!!!
Helene D'Souza says
hm I am not always for left overs… I don’t know maybe I am spoiled. But I do love the thought of shortening preparation time for dinner! I just saved the recipe for later Maureen, always need good food at home and your food is always spot on!
Oh Maureen – does this take me back! Bobby’s mother use to love to make broccoli casserole and it seems like she made it every time I came over for supper. 🙂 I don’t remember her adding chicken which sounds like a really, really good idea. Great comfort food Maureen!
i made it! me and my boyfriend really like it, thanks..