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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This seems like something everybody eats. Never had it before. Super yummy comfort food. Made 1/2 recipe.
I have made this recipe several times using chicken and my family loves it.
This is a very tasty dish and not hard to make. I followed the recipe exactly except I used brown rice instead of white. My kids even liked it and they are picky. The reason for my taking a star away is because there is no way this can be prepared in 15 minutes. I am nowhere near an expert in the kitchen, but with cutting and steaming broccoli, chopping and sautéing onions, etc., etc., it is at least a half hour before popping in the oven.
This is a really delicious recipe! My husband especially liked the topping!
Spot on recipe, followed it almost to aT. I did not have instant rice so I took my traditional rice off simmer a tad early. Microwaved frozen broccoli until fork tender in the stalk portions. And simmered a frozen medely mix of onion, bell peppers and celery. Otherwise follow instructions for dish and its darn good.
Excellent recipe!! Big hit with my family!
My family absolutely loved this recipe!! It is a great way to use the left over Turkey. I look forward to making it again.
This recipe was absolutely delicious. I substituted turkey for pulled chicken made in my instant pot (nice and tender/juicy) and it came out fantastic! Very yummy on a chilly day as the weather is changing, will be making again! Thank you
So happy to hear that Rachel, your substitutions sound delicious.
Broccoli casserole looks delicious
It is so tasty Sharon!
Always looking for new things to make for dinner tired of the same old stuff
I hope you find lots of ideas to try here Kim!
Is there a replacement for the canned cream soups?
Hi Cyd, the cream soup are what gives this dish it’s creamy texture and flavor. You could always try making homemade cream soups or replacing it with a homemade creamy cheese sauce if you wanted. Let us know how it turns out!
Wanted to stretch our brown rice and meat as FAR as it would go, since we’re very low on income right now and came across this AMAZING recipe today! So I just made this late last night with some substitutions and was REALLY excited to try it out, definitely took some extra time to make, but was SO worth the wait in the end at 2AM no less lol. I used ground turkey mixed in some ketchup and brown sugar with some garlic, onion, basil, oregano, salt and squeeze of lemon juice for flavor, added 3 instead of 1 onion because saute’d onions are Amazing in any casserole recipe lol Had some frozen veggies in the fridge on hand so I used creamed spinach along with a carrot, cauliflower and broccoli mix, didn’t have any cream of mushroom or chicken though so I made the cream of chicken by scratch and just doubled it, and didn’t have any sour cream either so I had to make a substitution similar to sour cream from scratch too, and used brown rice along with mozzarella cheese instead. For the topping we had some cauliflower tater tots in the freezer as well, so after baking them, I tore those up into pieces instead of adding crackers, but everything else we had on hand and when when I opened the oven door.. it looked and smelled INCREDIBLE! put in on exactly for 35 Minutes and the cheesy buttery tater tot topping was all bubbly and PERFECTLY golden brown I wish I could attach a pic. of it lol DEFINITELY will be making this recipe again and again. Turned out FABULOUS and was SO DELICIOUS and SCRUMPTIOUS all the flavors together complemented one another really well :) My Husband LOVED it as well! 10 Star Recipe! Thank You for Sharing this OUTSTANDING recipe Holly! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes :)
Thanks so much Autumn! It sounds like you made some amazing substitutions to this recipe! I am so glad you enjoyed it!
I would have rated this as no stars. I followed your recipe exactly with the exception I used chicken instead of turkey. When we set down for dinner, I took my first mouthful and did not like it – for one, it was very dry. Maybe it didn’t need both cream of chicken and mushroom. I didn’t eat much of it. When I was clearing the table, my hubby said to me, “are you going to save this”, I said yes (would probably never would reuse). He said “It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you threw it out. I also tore up the recipe card and removed from Pinterest.
Sorry this didn’t work out for you.
Forgive me if this is an obvious question but…is the butter for the topping melted?
Thank you for asking Roxie! It’s a great question. If your butter is at room temperature, you could stir the ingredients together, but melting the butter may make it easier if it’s soft enough. Enjoy!
Yum!! Made for dinner. Didn’t have fresh veggies so used frozen and turned out great. Sour cream a problem so left out. Also didn’t have poultry seasoning so just added crushed oregano. Definite keeper. Can’t wait to try other meats this way.
Glad it worked out well for you Irene, thanks for sharing your tips!
Great recipe! My husband loved it!
So glad you guys loved it Jen!
This recipe sounds delicious, so I’m eager to test it out with our Thanksgiving leftovers. I am just not clear if I cook the rice before it is stirred into the chicken broth in Step 3? Thanks in advance for the help!
This recipe uses Instant Rice (similar to Minute Rice) so the chicken broth will cook the rice in step 3.
Has anybody made it with ground beef?
I haven’t but I be that’d be delicious!
This is very tasty and healthy. I used brown rice instead of white rice and roasted almonds instead of crackers in the topping.
Great updates Sarah!
My family loves this casserole, especially the crust. I makes a large portion and goes a long way – I even think it tastes better the day after with tobacco! Yum. I use rotisserie chicken and ritz crackers for the crust. It does take a little longer to prep than the recipe states – there are quite a few steps – but worth it in the end. Yum
I’m so glad your family enjoyed this!
Made this last night for dinner and it came out excellent! The whole family loved it and the leftovers today taste just as good!