Our time-saving air fryer chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner and is sure to be a hit with the whole family. The dish provides a wholesome combination of fork-tender chicken, crunchy broccoli, creamy rice, and crispy cheese topping.
Is This Chicken Healthy?
Yes, this air fryer chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe is healthy.
Containing chicken, rice, broccoli, and cheese, this air fryer chicken broccoli rice casserole provides carbs, protein, and vegetables all in one meal. Besides, the dish also offers a huge variety of micronutrients.
Though rich and packed with flavor, each serving of this casserole provides only 470 calories, allowing you to combine a side and a juice drink as well. We also keep a close eye on the amounts of saturated fat and sodium in each dish and take the appropriate steps to ensure they’re within the recommended limits:
The amount of added milk, heavy cream, and cheese topping is carefully formulated, guaranteeing both a creamy texture and a healthy saturated fat content (9 g per serving).
We use just enough salt to deliver plenty of flavor while keeping the sodium level aligned with healthy guidelines (559 mg per serving).
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Ingredients You'll Need
Chicken: Both chicken breast and chicken thighs work beautifully in this recipe. Just ensure the chosen cuts are boneless and skinless to save you some prep time.
Seasoning: Salt to taste and the mixture of paprika, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper provides a wonderful heat with a deep flavor.
Broccoli: Crunchy and packed with nutrients, broccoli is our favorite for this casserole, but you can use any variety of veggies you have on hand. Great alternatives include mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, and snow peas.
Cooked Rice: Our air fryer chicken broccoli rice casserole recipe calls for cooked rice, so the dish spends only 10 minutes in the air fryer for a perfectly fluffy consistency.
Milk and Heavy Cream: Dairy adds creamy goodness, and helps mix all the ingredients together.
Cheese: Any cheese that melts evenly is great for getting a creamy brown crusty layer on top. The mix of Cheddar and Mozzarella is our favorite for this chicken broccoli rice casserole.
Can You Add Uncooked Rice to this Casserole?
We are afraid the answer is no. The rice must be simmered in water on low heat for quite a period of time to allow the starch to bloom and become sticky.
Since our air fryer casserole recipe takes only 10 minutes in the air fryer, it’s best to go with cooked rice. This will ensure your casserole is cooked tenderly and fluffy every time.
Storage and Reheat the Leftover
Although rice casseroles are always better eaten right from the oven, this air fryer chicken broccoli rice casserole will also store well in the fridge for the next meal.
Simply divide the dish into individual portions and place them in airtight containers or freezer bags. Chicken broccoli rice casserole lasts for 3 – 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer.
When ready to enjoy the dish, transfer the frozen casserole to the fridge and thaw overnight. Heat your casserole in the air fryer or the oven to get those deliciously crispy edges again.
What to Serve With
Packed with flavor and easy-to-make, this versatile chicken broccoli rice casserole is just as good for weeknight dinners as it is for casual parties and family gatherings. To turn the dish into a wholesome meal, we decided to enjoy it with a Greek salad and pear juice.
The combination brings even more variety to the tastes and textures of the dish, making it an altogether more exciting trip.
Air-Fried Chicken That Are Essential Snacks
These chicken legs are as golden as grilled ones, minus all the hassles of firing up a grill. The meat is juicy, the skin is sticky, and everything dips in a mayo dip. We also whip up a simple salad on the side to balance out the richness.
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Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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