This easy Broccoli Rice Casserole uses simple pantry ingredients to turn leftover turkey into a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love!
This comforting casserole features perfectly cooked rice, tender broccoli, and juicy turkey in a creamy cheesy sauce all topped off with a buttery cheesy topping.
The best part is that it uses ingredients you likely have on hand already and takes about 10 minutes of prep!
I am so excited to have partnered with Walmart and SheKnows Media to bring you this belly warming Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe.
I love the holidays and everything that goes along with it!
I love being around family, planning big feasts, festive desserts and all of the fun decor. Fresh baked rolls, the smell of roasting turkey and cranberry flavored cocktails.
As you might suspect, my favorite part is the food… a perfect turkey dinner with all the fixin’s; Sweet Potato Casserole, stuffing, Green Bean Casserole.
I often host and when I do I end up cooking for 25 people but I always cook enough to ensure I have leftovers!
I actually think I might like the leftovers almost more than the actual turkey dinner (except the stuffing, I like stuffing more than anything).
There are countless things you can make with the leftovers from turkey soup to this easy casserole (and you can even use leftover roasted broccoli in this recipe)!!
I usually plan for my leftovers and stock up on of the things I’ll need at Walmart while I’m grabbing all of my ingredients for turkey dinner! Since Walmart has everything I would ever need, this makes things easy; especially when I’ve got a house full of guests!
Once turkey dinner is over, I usually choose recipes that are pretty much effortless to prepare over the next week or two. This broccoli rice casserole definitely fits the bill!
This easy broccoli rice casserole starts with quick cooking rice made with reduced sodium chicken broth to add lots of flavor. It’s combined with sweet onion and tender-crisp broccoli.
I love the texture of fresh broccoli in this casserole but if you prefer, you can also grab packages of frozen broccoli florets in the freezer section at Walmart or even use leftover veggies (carrots, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts) from your turkey dinner!
The rice and broccoli are then mixed in a simple creamy sauce with cheddar cheese and of course leftover turkey.
It’s topped with a buttery cracker crumb topping (I love Ritz® crackers in the topping of this broccoli rice casserole) and finally it’s placed in the oven to bake until hot and bubbly!
This recipe is extremely versatile and the perfect way to use up your holiday leftovers or even to use what you have in your fridge!
Substitute leftover turkey with whatever you have on hand including leftover ham, cooked ground beef or even turn it into a chicken broccoli rice casserole!
Use whatever veggies are in your fridge, just cook them until tender crisp and add them in (or use your leftover veggies from your turkey dinner)!
You can also sub in whatever cheeses you happen to have in the fridge… cheddar, a bit of parmesan, pepper jack… they’re all great in this recipe! If you happen to have cooked (or leftover) white or brown rice, it works perfectly in this recipe too!
One last thing!! Everyone always asks me about my pretty plates and napkins (and my most adorable glass 9×13 pan above)!
I got them at Walmart too, they’re all a part of The Pioneer Woman collection (and there are lots of other amazing choices besides the ones I have)!They’re gorgeous, bright and cheery but they’re also a great quality and stand up well to the wear and tear of everyday family meals. I highly recommend them!
Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole with Turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 cups Great Value instant white rice
- 2 cups Great Value chicken broth reduced sodium
- 1 can Great Value cream of mushroom soup 10.5 oz
- 1 can Great Value cream of chicken soup 10.5 oz
- ½ cup Great Value sour cream
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 3-4 cups leftover turkey diced
- 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup crushed crackers any kind
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Cook onion in olive oil in until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in rice, cover and turn off heat. Let sit covered 5 minutes.
- Steam broccoli until tender crisp.
- In a large bowl combine cooked rice, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, seasonings, turkey, broccoli and 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese.
- Spread into a greased 9×13 pan.
- Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole and bake 35 minutes or until hot & bubbly and lightly browned. Serve warm.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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New to the kitchen here. Dumb question regarding the instant rice in this recipe. 2 cups precooked, or two cups cooked?
Great question Lou! You will use 2 cups of uncooked rice which will cook in step 3. Enjoy!
can you use basmatti rice instead of instant rice? would I just use less rice ? sounds like a great recipe!
I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, but it should work just fine. You will likely want to increase the cooking time in step 3 until the rice is cooked through. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Jacqueline!
We loved this recipe! I sauteed cremini mushrooms with the onions and steamed carrots and cauliflower in place of the broccoli because that’s what I had.
I used cauliflower rice and French fried onions within the casserole as well as on top. My family loved it!
Yum, delicious substitutions, Amy! Glad you enjoyed it.
I didnt have any crackers so i just topped with cheese. Really enjoyed it with brocolli and carrots!
Sorry but so much work and so many ingredients and so boring. No taste.
Love simple recipes
I make this dig , but I have always used long grain rice.
My husband LOVED it and he is not even that fond of broccoli. I loved it as well, would definitely recommend. I did not have dry mustard so just put some Frenchs yellow mustard in.
Delicious. Does take longer than 15 minutes to prepare. Also I added crispy fried onions from Costco but I bet Walmart has them also, to the topping.