A healthy casserole the whole family will love! This Broccoli, Chicken and Cheese Wild Rice Casserole can be made ahead of time, perfect for busy nights.
Hi everyone, Danae from Recipe Runner here today. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you’re like me you’re taking this week to recover before all of the holiday parties, baking and decadence start up again.
It doesn’t seem possible that December starts tomorrow! I have a love hate relationship with this month. I love the buildup to Christmas, but I hate the stress that comes with it. Shopping causes me the most stress, especially with those hard to shop for people (my husband). Luckily I already have an idea for him this year, so I’m already feeling a little less stressed out.
Another thing that keeps me from stressing out is having easy, healthy dinners that I can assemble in advance and stick in the oven on those days I don’t have time to cook. This Broccoli, Chicken and Cheese Wild Rice Casserole is one of those dinners.
Wild rice can be made in a big batch, cooled and stored flat in a freezer bag in the freezer until you need it. That alone will save you nearly an hour of cooking time.
The casserole itself can be made and stored in the refrigerator a couple days in advance. Then on that day you spend all day shopping and don’t want to cook dinner, all you have to do is stick it in the oven and bake it until it’s bubbly and the cheese is melted.
On top of being an easy dinner that can be made ahead of time, this Broccoli, Chicken and Cheese Wild Rice Casserole is also healthier as far as casseroles go. Instead of using white rice, I used whole grain wild rice. I love the nuttiness that it adds, plus it fills you up much faster than white rice.
The other ingredient that adds wonderful creaminess to this casserole without any guilt is Greek yogurt. Skip the condensed soups and heavy cream, you won’t miss them, I promise. Plus that means you can add a little extra cheese! Enjoy!