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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Inspired By Trisha Yearwood

So it's a zillion degrees out and humid and yet today I'm sharing a recipe for Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Inspired By Trisha Yearwood. Logical, right?

Here's what happened...

A few weeks ago I came home Friday night (technically Saturday morning) after a super mediocre night of salsa dancing. Instead of going to bed right away, I decided to watch an episode of Trisha Yearwood's cooking show on demand. She was making a chicken, rice and broccoli casserole. And for some reason I wanted to make it right then and there.

I did not. I waited until the next day, went grocery shopping, and made my own version of Trisha's dish. Thank god for AC!

By the way, I tried shredding chicken in a food processor and it worked like magic!

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Inspired By Trisha Yearwood
Original Recipe {I used less mayonnaise and more sour cream and substituted cream of broccoli for cream of mushroom soup. I also did not add lemon and instead added chives on top of the casserole.}

olive oil
3 cups cooked rice {cook the rice in the poaching liquid left from cooking chicken breasts!}
3 broccoli crowns cut into bite sized pieces, blanched
3 chicken breasts, poached, shredded
8 ounces Vermont smoked chili cheddar, shredded
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of broccoli soup
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped chives

1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly oil a baking dish with olive oil. I used a 9x13" rectangular Le Creuset.
2. Add rice to the bottom of the baking dish and top with broccoli.
3. In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, 2/3rds of the cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of broccoli soup. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
4. Spread the chicken mixture on top of the broccoli and top with the remainder of the cheese.
5. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
6. Let the casserole stand for about 5 minutes before topping with chives and serving.      

Hello, gorgeous!!! I wish you could smell this!

This was a pretty satisfying dish. It reheated well. It even froze well.

If I were to make this again, I'd skip the rice and the broccoli and basically bake the top part of the casserole and eat it as a hot dip with chips!

What's cooking at your home this weekend?