Recipe Box

Chicken and Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Chicken and broccoli cheese casserole is a classic, go-to dish. This is good for people with mouth sores because it is very soft.
Recipe Box
Chef Ryan Callahan
Author of Cooking for Chemo...and After! and Cooking for Kids with Cancer

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Chicken and broccoli cheese casserole is a classic, go-to dish when you don't have the time to do anything but throw dinner in the oven and hope for the best.

Tasting Guidelines:

  • Taste is cheesy and savory.
  • Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar and sugar.
  • Texture is soft.
  • Good for people with low to moderate side effects.
  • Emotional response of home cooked love.
  • Best categorized as a comfort food.


  • 1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and cut into quarter inch cubes
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 c. white rice, cooked
  • 1 package frozen broccoli
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can cream mushroom soup
  • 1 can broccoli cheese soup

Flavor Balancers:

  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Garnish with French's cheddar flavored French onions

Recipe Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, except for the French onion crisps.
  3. After thoroughly mixed, check for consistency. If soup doesn't cover all ingredients thoroughly, add a little bit of milk until the mixture is homogeneous.
  4. Transfer to a large casserole dish.
  5. Pack mixture down into all corners.
  6. Cover with French onion crisps and allow to bake until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chef Tips:

  • My mom absolutely loved this dish! And, it is super tasty for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's full of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, but is also very easy to digest. This is good for people with mouth sores because it is very soft. If you mix the French onions into the casserole after backed but before serving they lose their crunchiness but maintain a strong pop of flavor.
  • A tablespoon of red wine vinegar will lighten the dish. A couple of shakes of red pepper will fill the dish. I would highly recommend not adding too much extra sugar as the rice will break down in the casserole naturally imparting sugar. For a more aromatic quality, add some sage and thyme.

For more information about Chef Ryan and Cooking for Chemo, visit

Share this:

Recommended For You
Recipe Box
Summer Smoothie Selections
By Chef Ryan Callahan
These four easy-to-prepare smoothie recipes serve nourishment and summer’s fruitiest flavors for patients with cancer.
Recipe Box
By Chef Ryan Callahan
This recipe is an Americanized version of the classic Mediterranean side dish, substituting couscous for the wheat, but it still maintains its texture, palate-cleansing effects, and pop of freshness.
Recipe Box
By Chef Ryan Callahan
Pitas are good with everything. Pitas are good by themselves. They are very easy to make, but they require some practice. Pro tip: Timing is the key in making the pitas poof!
Recipe Box
By Chef Ryan Callahan
Beans are rich in protein and iron, making falafel an excellent substitute for meat. Done correctly, falafel is dense and heavily spiced. Try this recipe for a savory and aromatic treat!
Last modified: May 8, 2018

Subscribe to CONQUER: the patient voice magazine

Receive timely cancer news & updates, patient stories, and more.

Race or Ethnicity
Profession or Role
Primary Interest