Zesty Chicken Casserole Recipe
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Zesty Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Broccoli, chicken and rice get a little "zip" from Italian salad dressing. Anyone who favors food with lots of flavor will enjoy this dish.—Dianne Spurlock, Dayton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts, thawed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup process cheese sauce
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • Fresh red currants, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 508 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 1739mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.


  1. Place rice in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with the broccoli, onion, celery, parsley and salt. Arrange chicken over vegetables.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the soup, water, cheese sauce, salad dressing and milk. Cook and stir until cheese sauce is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Garnish with red currants if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Chicken Casserole in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p41

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hobbsmike User ID: 4213015 41426
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"My husband LOVED this recipe. It was so easy, but I would recommend maybe dividing the recipe into two portions because it really makes a lot."

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 60593
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"My kids did like it. But they were unsure about the chicken. It was cooked but since it was steamed was all white. Next time I am going to grill the chicken give it a nice brown color to it."

msdosty1941 User ID: 2683910 55433
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"This sounds yummy! Not to mention its easy to make.All the ingredients in it,we love & always have them on hand. Thanks for the great idea!"

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