Bake this easy casserole recipe the same day. Or make it ahead and freeze it up to one month. To bake the frozen version, thaw it overnight (or 8 hours) in the fridge, then bake it following the Make-Ahead Tip.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook rice according to package directions; remove from heat. Stir in half of the onion, the butter, and 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning. Divide the rice mixture among three 2-quart baking dishes or casseroles; set aside.

  • In a very large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add the remaining half of the onion, the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, the chicken, and garlic; cook and stir for 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from heat. Stir in frozen broccoli, soup, the water, tomato, and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Spoon chicken mixture over rice in dishes. Cover baking dishes with foil. Freeze for up to 3 months.

  • To serve, thaw one baking dish in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days (mixture may still be icy). Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 30 minutes more or until heated through.


Assemble casserole as above. Cover with foil; seal, label, and freeze for up to 4 months. The night before serving, place frozen casserole, covered, in the refrigerator to thaw. Bake thawed casserole, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; 10 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 53 mg cholesterol; 668 mg sodium. 461 mg potassium; 34 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 25 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 777 IU vitamin a; 35 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 10 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 101 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 121 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;

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I haven't made yet, so can't review. Have a question. I want to make these up for me to take to work for lunch, If I put in smaller containers to give me a weeks worth, do I still cook it for the same amount of time? Thanks, this looks really good, can't wait to try it.