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Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice

Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice has the flavors so many people love, but with less carbs than most traditional recipes for this dish! And we used frozen cauliflower rice and frozen broccoli so it’s a dinner that’s easy to make! 

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There are a lot of casserole recipes in the world that have chicken, broccoli, and curry sauce, so obviously a lot of people love those flavors. But most of the recipes for this classic dish include rice or quinoa, and that’s not a winner for someone who’s watching their carbs. So when I remembered a chicken and broccoli casserole back in the archives of my blog that included quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), I decided to try making an updated version with cauliflower rice for fewer carbs, and definitely the new Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice I’m sharing today is a winner!

I made this a couple of times with my great cooking assistant (and niece) Kara, and we improved it a little every time, and even the not-quite-right versions were gobbled up when we tested them! We loved the ease of using frozen cauliflower rice in this recipe, and on the second try we hit on the idea of using frozen broccoli too! Truthfully that’s something I rarely buy, but it was absolutely great in this. We kept the creamy curry sauce that was so good in the original version, and used a generous amount of cheese.

I hope you’ll enjoy trying this updated recipe if you’re a fan of this flavor combination. And if anyone still has a hankering for the original version with quinoa, you can use that link to get the printer-friendly version of that recipe! Whichever option you choose, hope you enjoy!

How Much Frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice do you need for this recipe?

I bought big bags of frozen cauliflower rice and broccoli and measured out the amount I wanted. If you don’t want to buy a big package, 10 oz. of frozen cauliflower rice is about 2 1/2 cups, perfect for this. 10 oz. frozen broccoli pieces is about 1 1/2 cups, so you’ll need two packages that size. The amounts of broccoli and cauliflower rice don’t have to be exact; so packages that are slightly bigger will be fine.

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How to Make Chicken, Broccoli, Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat oven to 375f/190C. Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Cut up enough chicken to make 3 cups of diced, cooked chicken. 
  3. Measure out the cauliflower rice and broccoli and let it be thawing on the counter. 
  4. Heat the olive oil in frying pan and cook the chopped onion about 2 minutes over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the cauliflower rice and broccoli and cook about 3 minutes. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  6. Add the diced chicken and gently combine with cauliflower rice and broccoli. Turn off heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Whisk together sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, curry powder, and hot curry powder (if using).
  8. Gently mix sauce into the chicken-broccoli mixture in the frying pan.
  9. Put the  mixture into casserole dish and top with the grated Mozzarella.
  10. Bake about 30-35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and top is starting to brown.

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Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week! Use Casserole Recipes to find more casseroles like this one!

More Chicken with Curry Flavors:

My blog also has a cheesier and creamier Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with no rice at all. There’s also an asparagus bake with creamy curry sauce and chicken on my site (YUM!) Or how about a curried chicken salad with asparagus. Is that enough options for you to indulge your chicken curry cravings?

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Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice

Yield Makes 6 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

We loved the updated version of this Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice, and this has a lot fewer carbs than the original version with quinoa!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced, cooked chicken (see notes)
  • 3 cups frozen broccoli florets, partly thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen cauliflower rice, partly thawed (see notes)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (or more if you really like lemon)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 2 tsp. hot curry powder (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375f/190C. Spray an 11.5 X 8 casserole dish (or similar size) with non-stick spray.
  2. Cut up enough chicken to make 3 cups of diced, cooked chicken. (I used leftover rotisserie chicken.)
  3. Measure out the cauliflower rice and broccoli and let it be thawing on the counter. (When it's partly thawed, cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces if needed.)
  4. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the chopped onion about 2 minutes over medium-high heat, or just until it barely starts to brown.
  5. Add the cauliflower rice and broccoli and cook about 3 minutes, stirring a few times. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Then add the diced chicken and gently combine with the cauliflower rice and broccoli. Turn off heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Whisk together the sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, curry powder, and hot curry powder (if using).
  8. Gently mix the sauce into the chicken-broccoli mixture in the frying pan.
  9. Put the  mixture into the casserole dish and top with the grated Mozzarella.
  10. Bake about 30-35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and top is starting to brown.

Notes

I used rotisserie chicken for this recipe, but if you want to cook your own chicken you need about 3 large chicken breasts, simmered in water over very low heat for about 15 minutes. Let chicken cool and then dice for the recipe. I used a big bag of cauliflower rice and frozen broccoli and measured out the amount I wanted. It won't matter if you use individual packages that are slightly more than the amount I used. If you don't have hot curry powder, just use 5 tsp. of whatever curry powder you have. This updated recipe was adapted from this casserole in the archives that used quinoa with chicken, broccoli, and curry sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 622mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4.8gSugar: 4.9gProtein: 28g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Better-than-Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce would be approved for low-carb diet plans, although it may be too high in carbs for Keto. This could work for the original South Beach Diet, although for South Beach dieters it would be best to use light sour cream and light mayo. 

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
A version of this recipe using quinoa was first posted March 10, 2011. The recipe was updated to a version with cauliflower rice March 2, 2020.

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    97 Comments on “Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole with Cauliflower Rice”

  1. I just found this recipe. I was excited in trying it. When I used "print friendly" , the section on how to make the sauce was missing. I have always enjoyed any recipe of yours. Keep up the great work.

  2. Lynn, thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed it.

  3. Wow, I just made this and it was really tasty. I didn't know at first how parmesan as a topping would play with curry sauce, but it was really delicious. I can't get my hands on low fat sour cream here so I had to replace it with low fat plain yogurt.
    Thanks for my dinners for the next few days =)

  4. Julie, so glad you liked it!

  5. Thanks for this tasty and easy recipe! I doubled the ingredients and put the casserole in a 13×9 glass dish so we could have leftovers a second night — even better than the first time!

  6. Basil I know just what you mean about quinoa. I was slow to warm up to it myself, but now I like it a lot. Glad this made a believer of you!

  7. Fabulous! Thanks so much for using quinoa- I have always been scared of it, but this dish turned me into a quinoa lover… I used tofu instead of sour cream, and vegetarian chicken, and the whole works was gone in no time at all.

  8. Glad to hear you liked it!

  9. I made this recipe without the curry and it was a family favorite! Keep the recipes coming I love your site.

  10. Anonymous, so glad that variation worked for you!

  11. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream and extra firm tofu instead of chicken and it was FANtastic! Thanks for the idea 😀

  12. Michael, hope you like it!

  13. Great idea for using quinoa. I must try it!

  14. Pam, that's great! So happy to hear it.

  15. I made this recipe this week and my whole family loved it! I have never made a curry recipe that my family liked before so this one is a keeper! Thanks Kalyn!

  16. Laura, glad you liked it. You could add a tiny bit more sauce (I was afraid it would get too mushy.) Double curry sounds good to me.

  17. Kalyn,
    This was delicious. Though I found the sauce didn't get to my quinoa. next time I might mix it then top with cheese.. Oh, I also doubled the curry, because my husband and I love it.. I will use this again and again.. 🙂 thanks so much.

  18. Lynne, that's great. Glad it was a hit.

    Hi Joe,
    Glad you liked it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what creative variations you come up with!

  19. Made this tonight…and it was a hit! My boyfriend suggested we bring it to a potluck this weekend. 🙂

    Thanks again, Kalyn!

  20. Hi Kalyn!

    Made this for dinner tonight – excellent! Did make a few changes – added a bit more chicken, cooked the quinoa in broth and sprinkled a bit of salt and fresh ground black pepper while layering. Also used Asiago instead.

    This will be fun to play around with – perhaps a Mexican variation with beans, lime juice, ancho chile powder, cumin and a bit of coriander? Great dish!