Easy Chicken and Broccoli Bake Recipe

Easy to Prepare Baked Chicken Dish that the Family will Love

If you're like me, you are constantly looking for family dinner recipes that are easy to prepare at the end of a busy day. Carpooling my four children to and from activities in the evening is taxing, but I do try to cook homemade meals at least 3-4 times a week.

This easy to prepare baked chicken and broccoli recipe is a dinner that I enjoyed from my own childhood. With protein-filled chicken breasts and chopped broccoli, it can keep the kids energized and healthy. Since it includes shredded cheddar cheese, bread crumbs and mayonnaise, it's a hit with even picky eaters. If you are concerned about reducing the fat content in this recipe, use low or non-fat mayonnaise and reduced fat cheese.

I learned to make this chicken and broccoli bake with my mom, and I'm pretty sure she learned it from her own mother. I've tweaked the recipe to match my own tastes over the years and have even asked my children to suggest changes to the recipe when they help me in the kitchen. In fact, involving kids in the preparation of meals can help encourage them to try new tastes. Its also a great way to sneak in some parent time in an otherwise busy schedule.

Chicken and Broccoli Bake - fresh from the oven
Chicken and Broccoli Bake - fresh from the oven | Source

Ingredients for Chicken and Broccoli Bake Recipe

When I'm planning this easy family dinner, I usually only need to pick up boneless chicken breasts and broccoli at the grocery store. In fact, if you use frozen broccoli instead of fresh, a trip to the grocers could be very quick!

  • 6-8 boneless chicken breasts, washed, trimmed and patted dry (best results if you also slice the breasts into smaller pieces before baking)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli (frozen broccoli florets can also be substituted)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (low fat mayo works well as a substitute)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (plain is fine, but I enjoy the added flavor)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (reduce to 1 cup and/or use low-fat cheese if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons butter - melted

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Chicken and broccoliIngredients for Chicken and Broccoli BakeSauce spread over the top of the chicken and broccoliPrepared sauce for the chicken bake
Chicken and broccoli
Chicken and broccoli | Source
Ingredients for Chicken and Broccoli Bake
Ingredients for Chicken and Broccoli Bake | Source
Sauce spread over the top of the chicken and broccoli
Sauce spread over the top of the chicken and broccoli | Source
Prepared sauce for the chicken bake
Prepared sauce for the chicken bake | Source

Cook Time for Chicken and Broccoli Bake

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
  • Yields: 6 generous servings

Involve Kids in the Preparation of Chicken and Broccoli Bake

My oldest son has always enjoyed creating and trying out recipes. Since he first learned to read, he has collected children's cookbooks. Even as a teenager, he finds time to join me in the kitchen to help prepare meals.

Kids ages 4 and up can help prepare this chicken and broccoli bake with adult supervision. Wash hands thoroughly and roll up your sleeves!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly spray a 13X9 glass baking dish with oil - kids love to help with this!
  3. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer in the baking dish
  4. Add the broccoli around the chicken breasts
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the sauce, using all remaining ingredients except the bread crumbs and butter (have little helpers work on measuring and stirring)
  6. Pour over the top of the chicken and broccoli and spread to the edges of the dish
  7. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top and then carefully pour melted butter over the entire dish (note that if you don't have prepared bread crumbs, kids can help by crumbling 2-3 slices of bread by hand)
  8. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, until sauce is bubbly and internal temperature of the chicken breasts reaches at least 165 degrees with a meat thermometer
  9. Have an adult remove the Chicken and Broccoli Bake from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving

This recipe makes 6 generous servings.

Prepared chicken and broccoli, ready to bake in the oven
Prepared chicken and broccoli, ready to bake in the oven | Source

Tips for Making this Chicken and Broccoli Bake Recipe

I know you're busy. You might think that this recipe sounds like it takes too much time to prepare. But you can make the dish ahead of time, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it during the day. When you get home in the evening, simply pull it out of the fridge, remove the plastic and bake dinner in the oven while you go through the mail or help the kids with homework.

As noted above, frozen broccoli can be used instead of fresh for an added time saver. My mom always made this recipe with frozen instead of fresh broccoli.

For a lower fat version of this recipe, use low-fat mayonnaise, low-fat cheese, and reduce the amount of cheese to 1 cup. You can also skip the melted butter over the top of the bread crumbs.

We enjoy chicken and broccoli bake served with rolls and salad. Veggies are included in the recipe, so that's one less dish to clean after dinner. The cheesy dish can taste a little rich for some younger palettes. However, if your children like this recipe as much as mine do, they will probably gobble it up and ask for seconds!

Refrigerate leftovers once completely cooled. Leftover chicken and broccoli will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Sitting down for a family dinner at our home
Sitting down for a family dinner at our home | Source

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  • Every night! We don't eat out ever
  • At least 3 times a week
  • Once a week, if we're lucky!
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kelleyward 4 years ago

Very cute boys! I love this idea and hope to make it soon. Thanks for sharing your great menu! Shared!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

The recipe sounds tasty, and I think I can make substitutions needed for cow milk products used in it, but the reason I'm replying is those boys! Oh, oh, oh! :-) I'll restrain the adorables since they are guys…but they are darlings! :) The way their three age groups shine through in their expressions is too much. The little one cheesing it up, the middle one with a Mona Lisa smile, and that older one on the brink of manhood--oh me, oh my oh. Thanks for sharing smiles to make my heart smile! :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Kelley! My 9-year old son said "this is the best tasting chicken you have ever made" :) Really hope you enjoy. Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - I am totally cracking up! Yes, I didn't realize how much the photo captures their personalities and ages (9, 12 and 14). My daughter was at gymnastics tonight, so she didn't make it into the family photo. I'm smiling that you are smiling. Hugs, Steph


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Your smile always shines on HP--if your daughter has your smile it's a good thing she has three brothers! Bet your 9 y o gets his chicken dinner again soon. :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Awwww thanks! :) And you are right... my 9-year old son will get the chicken dinner again soon! There was not a single morsel left over tonight.

p.s. I agree that its a good thing my daughter has older brothers to watch out for her. :)


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

If I have one wish it would be that stephhicks68 will be my generous neighbor that would generously give me a portion of what food she prepared. This seem very yummy steph two thumbs up.


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Geraldnduru 4 years ago from Kenya

yummy hub.i like broccoli


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Delicious recipe, steph, and beautiful ... oops, handsome boys. You are blessed.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

If you were my neighbor, cebu, I would gladly share! I enjoy cooking for my family of 6 and entertaining family and neighbors is always great fun. Thanks for the kind comment. Best to you, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Handsome... LOL!! Not beautiful! ;-) Thanks drbj, Steph


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

This looks like a perfect dinner to cook with kids! And really, who doesn't like chicken, broccoli and cheese?


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Sounds really good, thank you, Joyce.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Definitely! And mayonnaise :) Thanks Maddie, Steph


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, De-li-cious! This is very close to one of my favourite recipes; broccoli and chicken bake so well together with cheddar topping. Nice photo of your sons; it's great that your oldest son has shown such a longstanding culinary interest and has collected children's cookbooks.

Thanks for sharing.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Wow, your teenager still finds time to help you cook--how amazing. Anyway, your chicken and broccoli bake looks delicious and since I'm one of those who cooks almost every night, I may just give this a try.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great recipe Stephanie! Thanks for sharing.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks, and yes - I do ask the kids to help out in the kitchen when they are around. Hope you enjoy the recipe! :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you RC! Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Stessily, you never know what will interest your kids. He is totally into sports, so the culinary interest is unique. I hope you love the recipe. Best, Steph


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

This looks like a terrific one dish meal that's easy to do and easy on the wallet too-- and from the looks on your kids faces in the picture, it's yummy to boot. Voting up and bookmarking this one for sure


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi steph, broccoli is my favourite veg, I know I will enjoy this recipe and it sounds so quick and easy, ideal for mid-week.

Many thanks and voted up.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Robie - yes, the faces say it all, don't they? And this family dinner is definitely easy on the wallet. In my opinion, fast food is not only unhealthy, but is quite expensive over all. Appreciate the vote and bookmark. :) Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you MM - Mid-week family meals are a great way to break up the week. I usually cook on M, W, Saturday and Sunday. T and Th are leftover days, and Friday is pizza!! Best to you, Steph


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi stephhicks, I will try this great recipe,sounds easy to do and i just love broccoli.

Vote up and more !!!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

We eat a lot of chicken, and this sounds great. Broccoli is a favorite of mine too. I may try to use a little less mayo, wonder if you can substitute somehting else for part of it? Reading recipes this great on here makes me hungry every time.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks kashmir - the cheese sauce for the broccoli is divine, but a bit rich! Enjoy - Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi xstatic,

You could substitute sour cream or plain greek yogurt for the mayo, and/or reduce the amount of mayo in the recipe by 1/4 cup. Hope you enjoy it (I know what you mean about getting hungry after reading recipe hubs!) :) Best, Steph


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

YUM! It sounds so healthy, and the photos look wonderful. Your recipe hubs always make me very very very hungry!!!


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romper20 4 years ago from California

My mother makes some very good Chicken and Broccoli Bake might have to show her this :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Om - writing the hubs makes me hungry too. I really enjoy planning my writing and photos while I make dinner though. Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Romper - hope this recipe gets to be mother-tested by your mom! :) All the best, Steph


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cls67 4 years ago

Thank you..this dish looks fantastic, not only mouth watering, but it is attractive and that is sometimes hard to do. I will be shopping for the ingredients this weekend:)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks cls67, hope you enjoy the dish this weekend. You are right that the presentation of the baked chicken and broccoli is pretty nice when it comes out of the oven. Enjoy! Steph


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

We had a chicken and broccoli bake recipe that my cooked for us often growing up. It was great, and I think this recipe looks like a great one to try sometime. Enjoyed the photos, how fun! Voted up and useful!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks oceans - this recipe is similar to the one I had growing up, but just a little less rich-tasting (and probably lower fat and a bit healthier). Let me know how you like this one when you make it. Best to you, Steph


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TamCor 4 years ago from Ohio

This recipe has two of our favorites--chicken breasts and broccoli--so I know it would be a hit in our house! I'm going to try it soon--probably with the light mayo, since we really can't tell the difference, lol.

Another great recipe--thank you! :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you TamCor - light mayo would definitely work! Enjoy - thanks, Steph


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

We eat a lot of chicken so it is always good to get a new recipe. Actually, I keep the Stouffer's "Grandma's Chicken and Vegetable Rice Bake" for emergencies and it is pretty good too.

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