Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole: A Healthy Twist on Comfort Food

Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a delicious and healthier version of a classic comfort food favorite. It’s packed with tender chicken, vibrant broccoli, and a creamy, cheesy sauce, all baked to perfection. This recipe reduces the calorie count without compromising on flavor. Here’s how to make this guilt-free and scrumptious casserole.


For the Casserole:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, diced or shredded
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (blanched or steamed)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (or brown rice)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Topping:

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (optional for a crunchy topping)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside.

2. Prepare the Quinoa (or Brown Rice):

  • If you haven’t already, cook the quinoa (or brown rice) according to the package instructions. Set it aside.

3. Blanch or Steam the Broccoli:

  • Blanch or steam the broccoli florets until they are tender-crisp. Drain and set them aside.

4. Make the Casserole Sauce:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the plain Greek yogurt, low-sodium chicken broth, grated Parmesan cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is well combined.

5. Assemble the Casserole:

  • In the prepared baking dish, layer the cooked quinoa (or brown rice) as the base.
  • Add the diced or shredded cooked chicken on top of the quinoa.
  • Arrange the blanched or steamed broccoli florets evenly over the chicken.

6. Pour the Sauce:

  • Pour the sauce mixture evenly over the chicken and broccoli, ensuring all parts of the casserole are covered.

7. Optional Crunchy Topping:

  • If you like a crunchy topping, combine the whole wheat breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the casserole.

8. Bake:

  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

9. Broil (Optional):

  • If you want a golden, crispy top, remove the foil and broil the casserole for an additional 2-3 minutes, keeping a close eye to prevent burning.

10. Serve:

  • Let the casserole rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Dish it up, and enjoy your delicious and guilt-free Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole!

This Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a delicious way to enjoy the flavors of a traditional comfort food while making healthier choices. It’s a filling meal with lean chicken, fresh broccoli, and a creamy, cheesy sauce that won’t leave you feeling guilty. It’s also simple to make and ideal for sharing with family and friends.