Broccoli & Chicken Cheese Strata Recipe

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On our dairy farm, chores often delay dinner. That's when this strata comes in handy. I'll prepare it beforehand and pop it in the oven for a quick and easy meal.
Recommended: 13x9 Brunch Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 12 slices bread
  • 2-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 450 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. Using a doughnut cutter, cut 12 rings and holes in bread; set aside. Tear bread scraps and place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 2 cups cheese, broccoli and chicken. Arrange rings and holes on top; brush bread with melted butter.
  2. Beat next six ingredients; pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove strata from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, uncovered, 55-60 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 5 minutes longer. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Broccoli-Cheese Strata in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p76

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