Since I love to cook and bake, I don't often go out to restaurants. But when I do AND taste something absolutely delicious, I make an effort to replicate it at home. And this time it's my Copycat Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Casserole.
I'm kind of fascinated by Copycat recipes. Heck, I have a whole category dedicated to Copycat Recipes. I think my obsession with trying copycat recipes is the challenge of trying to replicate a recipe that we love from our favorite restaurants.
This copycat recipe from Cracker Barrel does not disappoint. It's so easy anybody can make it and there is a good chance that you already have all the ingredients at home so you don't have to make a trip to your local grocery store.
While the original recipe I was working from called for four (4) chicken breasts, you could easily substitute for chicken tender (not breaded of course) or even cubing your chicken before putting it in the casserole dish.
Whatever you decide, I would suggest you use a good thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
🐓 How to Handle Raw Chicken
Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
Do not wash raw chicken (which prevents cross-contamination).
Wash all utensils and cutting boards (if applicable).
If marinating the chicken, make sure you toss the juices before you cook. Don't ever use the juice from the marinade.
Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
⭐ Copycat Rating
Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it's only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 8 out of 10 in my opinion.
For more great recipes with Broccoli Florets, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Casserole recipe from Cracker Barrel (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Whole Milk, Cheddar Cheese Soup, Paprika, Sharp Cheddar, Broccoli Florets and Ritz Crackers.
🥣 How to make Copycat Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Casserole
Preheat oven to 350°F. Pat each chicken breast dry using paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and place in a large oven-proof casserole dish.
In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, soup, paprika, and cheddar, then fold in broccoli and half the crackers. Pour over the chicken, covering entirely.
Top with remaining crackers and bake until chicken is fully cooked, approximately 45 minutes.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Casserole
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- 10 oz Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
- ½ teaspoon Paprika
- 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
- 10 oz Broccoli Florets, Frozen
- 1 Cup Ritz Crackers, Crushed
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Pat each chicken breast dry using paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and place in a large oven-proof casserole dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, soup, paprika, and cheddar, then fold in broccoli and half the crackers. Pour over chicken, covering entirely.
- Top with remaining crackers and bake until chicken is fully cooked, 45 minutes.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
This Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar cheese chicken casserole is the best I have made in a long time. A number one in my book.