Chicken Curry Casserole

This flavor-forward dish is a makeover of one of my husband’s childhood favorites. I replaced the can of cream of mushroom soup and mayonnaise with a creamy homemade sauce instead, and – my whole family agrees – the outcome does not disappoint!

This one does require a little advance planning though – just be sure to cook your rice and chicken in advance so it doesn’t take very long to pull it together at dinner time.

Chicken Curry Casserole on 100 Days of #RealFood
Chicken Curry Casserole on 100 Days of #RealFood

Chicken Curry Casserole

This flavor-forward dish is a makeover of one of my husband’s childhood favorites, chicken curry casserole. I replaced the can of cream of mushroom soup and mayo
4.8 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
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Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup brown rice cooked according to the package directions
  • 1 pound broccoli roughly chopped (5 or 6 cups) and steamed for about 5 minutes
  • 2 cups chicken cooked, and shredded or diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese sharp, shredded
  • 4 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°
  • Combine the cooked rice, broccoli, and chicken in the casserole dish and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and flour and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, or until the flour begins to brown but doesn’t burn, whisking almost continuously.
  • Whisk in the milk, watching for lumps, reduce heat and cook until it thickens. Stir in the sour cream, grated cheese, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the mixture is the consistency of gravy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce in the baking dish and mix thoroughly with the rice, broccoli, and chicken and spread it out evenly in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, and then turn it up to a high broil to brown the top for another couple minutes. Serve warm.

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Curry Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 744mg32%
Potassium 495mg14%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1235IU25%
Vitamin C 69.2mg84%
Calcium 396mg40%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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117 thoughts on “Chicken Curry Casserole”

  1. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe for my leftover cooked chicken!! We do Mexican sooo often, and I was looking for a change :~) I did increase the curry amount, since we love it here (5+ tsps), added a bit more milk as other reviewers mentioned, and someone had suggested lemon juice so I put in a good squeeze. A similar recipe that I enjoyed at a friend’s home included cornflakes + melted butter as a topping before baking, so I decided to try it and we did think it was a fun addition! Long story short, I wanted a recipe without canned soup and I found it here, so Thank You!

  2. I made this tonight and the whole casserole ended up in the garbage. To be fair, I think it’s the curry seasoning that my family hated. We are just not used to that flavor. On the other hand, I think the recipe turned out perfectly and I will make this again with other spices in place of the curry and maybe add mushrooms. And it wasn’t a total loss as I made the whole chicken in a crockpot so we have a nice, big pot of chicken noodle soup! I will not rate this as it doesn’t seem fair just bc we didn’t like the seasoning.

    1. Hi Stacy,
      Thanks for the feedback! Curry seasoning can be a little overwhelming at first if you aren’t used to it. Glad you used the crock pot chicken and still had an extra meal! – Nicole

  3. This was delicious! My hubby balked the first of the week when I told him that I was making a curry dish. So I didn’t make it until tonight and did not tell him. He ate 2 bowls!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes for my leftover chicken from the slow cooker whole chicken recipe! I’m always looking for recipes that I can prepare in advance and throw in the oven at dinner time, this is one of those! This reminds me of the comfort food casseroles from my childhood but CLEAN thank goodness. If you’re looking for a genuine curry dish this is obviously not it…so I’m not sure why so many people complained about that in the comments…
    Love all my 100 days of real food recipes! :)

  5. 4 stars
    liked it. I was worried about the garlic, onion, flour mix. It got really thick fast but it all worked out. I added more milk to make it more like a gravy but it remained thick. Nevertheless, i was pleased with it. Next time, I will most likely use white rice. For some reason brown rice always gives me problem s when I cook it.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, this was a big win for our family! My husband and I loved it; however, my kids didn’t like the casserole as they are not used to eating food mixed together. I didn’t expect them to like it but I will keep this as a regular dish as I couldn’t stop eating it!! One mistake I made was putting in UNCOOKED rice! When I realized, I just added chicken stock (about 1.5 cups) and covered it tightly. It took about 1 hr and 15 min at 350 for the rice to be cooked. But it was even more delicious this way! I highly recommend it – and shared it with my friends and family!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this casserole several times and love it! I’ve used half garam masala and half curry powder, Parmesan, cheddar cheese, whole milk yogurt instead of the sour cream… it’s delicious with or without those substitutions!

  8. Have made this recipe 3 times. First time I found it dry and that was with 1 1/2 c. milk. Next time I added 1 large can of diced tomatoes and used garam masala instead of curry. Love it now.

  9. umm I am going to try tonight with cauliflower and coconut milk.. Yummy gluten free too ! I will use corn starch instead of flour!

  10. I love this version. This is one of my kids favorites, and I love making it from scratch. But you definitely need to add the lemon juice–just a few tablespoons. Without it the flavor is lacking, but with it, it is better tasting than the original canned soup recipe.

  11. Thanks for this – I’ve been waiting a long time to make my mother’s very unhealthy Chicken Divan, and this is close enough to pass for it! We do not use regular milk at all, and I wanted to let you know that I used unsweetened coconut milk and did not lose any of the taste or consistency, making it even healthier!

  12. I made this tonight for my family and the neighborhood kids and all I can say is WOW! I had five kids here for dinner and four of the five hate broccoli. Well lets just say the whole thing is gone. I only got a tiny scoop after serving them seconds but I will be making this again this weekend. I even had two kids ask me to email their parents this recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this dish!! It is wonderful and the 4 teaspoons of curry powder give it such incredible flavor. I add an extra 1/2 cup of milk to make it a bit creamier and I try to buy a rotisserie chicken, shred, and freeze it to make it easier to assemble on a weeknight.

  14. 5 stars
    So good!! I added Portabella mushrooms and they gave the casserole an extra layer of flavor. I’ll be adding this into the monthly dinner rotation!

  15. I did not have any sour cream on hand, so I omitted it and added the juice of one lemon. I also added a little more milk to get the right consistency. I turned out delicious!

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing!! I have been looking for a chicken/broccoli/rice casserole for years. They all seem to have canned soup. I made the recipe exactly as it was written. I wouldn’t change a thing. It was the best chicken casserole I have ever eaten!! The only negative is that It did mess up quite a few pans. Next time I will cook the rice and chicken ahead of time to make it easier on myself . In the end, It was SO worth it!! Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I love curry spice but was a tad skeptical at first due to the cheese so I cut the recipe completely in half. Cutting it in half worked just fine and it was delicious! I also didn’t have any broccoli left so I used sauteed spinach which I will do again next time.

  18. I’ve made this twice in the past few weeks and love it! It’s pretty quick if you cook the rice and chicken ahead of time and I really enjoy the yellow curry flavor in something other than Thai food, which I’m also a big fan of, but fun to see the versatility of the spice. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  19. Hi there,

    I am currently doing on own mini 21 days of real food and have enjoyed every recipe on this site so far. My question is can I substitute the sour cream for plain yogurt? The only reason I am asking it would save one less thing on my grocery list because I have lots of yogurt on hand. Has anyone tired this ?
    Thanks

  20. I’m planning to make this tonight but all I have is red curry paste and ‘regular’ curry powder. Can I substitute for the yellow?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Christianna. Sorry that we are rarely able to answer recipe questions in real time. How did it turn out?

  21. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I cooked my basmati rice in coconut milk, and used coconut milk for the sauce as well. Gave it a very full flavor. Thanks for a great, and fun, recipe to put together. From start to finish, took me 47 minutes including my cleanup!

  22. 5 stars
    I just made this last night and it was a hit. My son really liked it, but I believe my husband loved it as he had thirds!! LOL Personally, I felt it was a little salty, however I could have been a little heavy on the cheese. Oops! Always looking for good wholesome recipes! Thanks!

  23. I often times make the whole chicken in a crockpot , shred the chicken and freeze it. Do you think I could use the frozen , previously cooked chicken in this recipe? Would I just defrost the chicken the night before in the fridge then add it to the dish?

  24. 5 stars
    We tried this tonight and it was a hit! My husband went back for seconds (that’s always a good sign!) I did have to add more milk before mixing the sauce into the chicken, broccoli and rice. It was thicker than gravy and it needed to be thinned out a bit. But it was very tasty!

  25. 4 stars
    My husband, daughter, and I loved this! I used greek yogurt rather than sour cream. I prefer the mixture to be tiny bit more soupy, and so I added another 1/2 cup of milk. Was perfect and delicious! Thank you, Thank you for such yummy dishes!

  26. 5 stars
    This was amazing, we substituted in ground turkey for the chicken, and peas for the broccoli and we thought it was delish! Only other addition, we added hot sauce to each bowl individually later to give it a bit more kick based on personal preference. Overall, YUM! Super easy to make and was great as leftovers.

  27. I love the flavours of this curry casserole, but I have one small problem: when I make this, I need to double the sauce ingredients (and that’s a LOT of cheese!) so that it is saucy. Is anyone else having this issue? Mine doesn’t even resemble the picture if I don’t double the sauce. What I’ve been thinking of doing: lay down rice, broccoli and chicken mix, pour over the milk, onion and curry, 1/2 the cheese, etc mix, do not mix, then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top so it melts and browns nicely over the top. But then there’s nothing holding the rice, broccoli and chicken together… Such a dilemma!

    1. So bizarre! I doubled the recipe, to feed our family of 7, and made it exactly as written and it looked just like the picture. So weird that you are having issues! Wish I could help.

  28. We are vegetarian but this sounds yummy . Besides tofu, which my husband refuses to eat, what would be a good vegetarian substitute for the chicken? I know I could leave it out but it seems like it would be missing something if I did. :)

    1. Hello! I have made this omitting the chicken. Came out just fine.
      If you are a vegetarian that eats eggs – The second time serving, I added dippy eggs (placed on top of the plated casserole. It was quite nummy.

  29. This is the first time I’ve actually commented on a recipe but I feel compelled to do so because I actually made this recipe and can vouch for it. This was a delicious, hearty meal and my entire family enjoyed it. It was a little dairy heavy for me to classify it as healthy but we’ll for sure be making it again. Great flavor, not to spicy so even my Grandma and 19 month old would eat it. I’m actually going to make it again tomorrow to bring to a friend who just had new baby! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Does this freeze well? I’m expecting baby number 2 in a couple of weeks and looking for more real food freezer meals…would this be a good option?

    1. Though I haven’t made this recipe, I freeze something very similar to it all the time. You can freeze it in the pan, or pour in a Ziploc bag and freeze flat to maximize freezer space. A couple more good freezer meals for baby’s birth are homemade sloppy joes, spaghetti meat, lasagna or substitute lasagna with ziti, marinated chicken that can be thrown on the grill and is frozen in the marinade, and barbecue that you make ahead in the crock pot and freeze once cooked. I serve the barbecue with sauce and slaw on a bun. The lasagna or ziti noodles do not have to be cooked. If using ziti, just mix all of the “lasagna” ingredients in a big bowl, pour in your pan, top with parmesan and mozzarella and freeze. Come serving time, just pour 1 cup of water around sides and cook. That is so much easier than having to cook your noodles in advance! Carrots are great to hide in lasagna too! Hope this helps. I’ve done the same thing many times! It was hard to cook again after my babies because I had lived off freezer food for so long! :)

  31. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I don’t understand why there are so many people freaking over this being called curry casserole…It has curry in it! Sounds like a legit reason to call it curry casserole to me. :) All 3 of my boys actually ate it…which is so unusual for them to all like the same thing! I did add more like 3 cups of chicken and had to add about another 1/2 cup of milk at the end because my sauce was way too thick, but this will be going into my rotation! Thanks so much!

    1. I was wondering the same thing! One thing I dislike about being vegetarian is missing out on all those yummy chicken casseroles. [although I don’t have an appetite for chicken, just the dishes!]

  32. Chicken curry is love! It’s one of my favorite food. I will give this a try and get back to you for my feedback! Anyway, can I replace cheddar cheese? I would love to use Parmesan or mozzarella.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. We’ve not changed up the cheese in this recipe but I think it would work using a combination of the two (moz and parm). Let us know. :)

  33. 5 stars
    I made this tonight (though I cut the curry to one teaspoon to appease my picky husband) and it was delicious. Will definitely be making it again.

  34. 5 stars
    Well, for starters, I ACTUALLY made this dish…and we LOVED it. I don’t give a crap what you call it, it’s delicious. Thanks for another great recipe Lisa!

  35. To all the people freaking out over the dish not being “real curry”: a casserole’s name usually says what is in it. There’s nothing wrong with calling it a curry casserole because that’s exactly what’s in the casserole…it’s the only spice. I don’t think that the author is even trying to make people think that it is traditional curry, so there is no reason to get upset or give the recipe a bad rating. There’s curry powder in the casserole, hence calling it a curry casserole.

    Don’t worry Lisa, we’ve got your back ;) lol

  36. 2 stars
    While this does look quite good, it is not real “curry”. I am a bit off-put by the use of curry powder… why not use the REAL spices achieved to make curry – turmeric, chili powder, garam masala, coriander, etc.

      1. I am simply rating this recipe based on the ingredients and preparation steps presented…..That is fair. Comments and criticism is fair game.

      2. I agree with Kayla, it is not fair to rate a recipe unless you have tried it. It was delish!

      3. As stated in my initial comment, I said the recipe looks good, my issue is with the spices…..

        My rating does not change – two stars based on the ingredients!!!!

      1. Curry powder is a Westernized version of the mix of spices used which relies heavily on turmeric (which also gives the yellow colour)…..The amount of curry powder used in the recipe in no way makes it taste even relatively close to an actual curry…..

    1. What substitutions would you use in place of the curry powder? Some of us do not know that this isn’t a “curry” dish and are unsure what amounts of the other spices to use.

      1. I would suggest 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala, and 1/2 tsp coriander powder. Then adjust per your personal taste.

  37. I can’t wait to try this! Think it’d be ok to use left over chicken and rice!??? and I’m pretty sure that the Bob’s Redmill flour mentioned above would work fine. I use it for pretty much everything!

  38. This recipe sounds delicious, but I’m trying avoid dairy. What do you recommend as substitutes for milk and sour cream? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Jen. I use Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain GF blend for most recipes. I’ve not tried it in this one but think it will work just fine.

  39. Is this the real food version of “Chicken Divan”? I was just hoping for something like this the other day! Is the 1 c. of rice measured before or after cooking? Thanks!

  40. Why do people think putting curry powder in something makes it a curry? LOL That’s like saying putting chili powder in something makes it chili.

      1. Then obviously you have unfortunately never tasted a true curry dish ….

        Dan, I totally agree with you!

  41. Yum! This looks really tasty. I think this recipe would work with tricolor quinoa too. I’ve been obsessed with quinoa lately! It used to be brown rice now I find myself posting so many quinoa recipes. It’s amazing how I go through so many phases!

  42. This sounds really good. My husband does not care for cooked broccoli. Do you think asparagus, green beans or peas would work?

  43. This looks so good. I have made a lot of chicken and rice dishes but they always seem to call for canned soups. I also like that this one has curry.

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