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Cheesy Chicken Artichoke casserole! THE amazing potluck dish everyone will ask the recipe for

Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is your go-to meal for potlucks.  Easily made ahead, it’s full of melted cheese wrapped around tender chicken, bites of artichokes and rice that give each bite the perfect mix.

Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is your go to meal for potlucks. Easily made ahead of time it's full of melted cheese wrapped around tender chicken, bites of artichokes and rice.

This recipe for Cheesy Chicken Artichoke casserole will make you a really popular person at your next luncheon you need to bring a hot dish to.  It’s easy enough to throw together the night before and just warm it up when you need to serve it.

Growing up in the midwest I’ve been served a lot of casseroles.  This one has a  balance of cheese, meat and veggies mixed with rice that makes it go far when you are trying to serve a lot of people.  

Its another recipe my Mom was famous for making.  Every time she would make it she would carry a couple of copies of the recipe with her because undoubtedly people would ask for the recipe after eating it!  (I’ve always been impressed by my moms, cooking skills, but this example of her “thinking ahead and being organized” is something I wish I had come by as naturally as she did! )

WHAT TIP MAKES THIS CHEESY CHICKEN ARTICHOKE CASSEROLE A SUCCESS EVERY TIME?

This recipe can be really rich.  You make a flour/butter roux to help thicken the sauce but instead of using milk as a base you add chicken broth.  The cheese is a wonderful addition to the sauce but you know how it is when cheese sometimes makes you feel so heavy and full?

The tip to avoid this is to add an acid to it … in this case just adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar.  There you have it…. the best tip in this recipe.  The vinegar lets you really enjoy the sauce, but makes it so the flavor is very balanced and not heavy!

Whether you need a meal for a work function, a Sunday church supper or a luncheon for a meeting this Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is the answer.  It’s not expensive but is very filling which is a win-win in my world for entertaining. Bring along some biscuits made with homemade Bisquick and your food will be the star of the potluck!

If you like warm comforting foods like this, you may also enjoy this recipe for Gouda Mac n Cheese or the Cheesy Shepherds Pie.  Both of these dishes are also excellent to take to any potluck.

Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is your go to meal for potlucks. Easily made ahead of time it's full of melted cheese wrapped around tender chicken, bites of artichokes and rice.
Yield: 12 servings(luncheon portions)

Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is your go to meal for potlucks. Easily made ahead of time it's full of melted cheese wrapped around tender chicken, bites of artichokes and rice.

Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is your go to meal for potlucks. Easily made ahead of time it's full of melted cheese wrapped around tender chicken, bites of artichokes and rice.  

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 14 oz can Artichoke Hearts In Water
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cup Cheese - Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Spices, thyme, dried
  • 2 tbsp Cheese - Parmesan, shredded
  • 32 ounces skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cooked rice

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts in a large pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove chicken.  Cool, cut into large chunks.
  2. While chicken is cooking drain artichokes and pat dry.  Cut into bite sized pieces.
  3. In medium sauce pan melt butter.  Blend in flour, then gradually add chicken broth.  Stirring constantly, heat until boiling and cook until thickened.
  4. Remove heat, add vinegar, cheddar cheese, green onions and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.  Blend until smooth. Stir in cooked rice, chicken and artichokes.
  5. Put into a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, combine panko, thyme and 2 tablespoons of parmesan.  Sprinkle over top of dish.
  7. Bake uncovered at 350* for 20-25 minutes until bubbly.

Notes

The caloric info for this recipe was created using my fitness pal using the ingredients/brands I specifically purchased.  If you are following a strict diet, please bear in mind products or brands you purchase will affect the calorie information.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

12 servings(luncheon portions)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Carbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 32g
Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is your go to meal for potlucks. Easily made ahead of time it's full of melted cheese wrapped around tender chicken, bites of artichokes and rice.
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Cindy

Friday 29th of November 2019

What has anyone served as a side dish for this?

Michele

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hi Cindy~ Ive served it with a simple green salad or a ceasar salad. It's pretty filling and fine on its own though! !~m

Tamra

Thursday 25th of July 2019

If I want to freeze do I cook first or just combine everything then freeze and take out and cook when ready?

Michele

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Hi Tamra- You can freeze it without cooking it. When you are ready to make it, allow it to thaw completely before baking. ~m

Connie

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

Michelle can thi casserole be put together in afternoon and held until dinner time instead of baking and reheating?

Michele

Friday 13th of April 2018

Yes it can... you'll want to store it in the fridge until about an hour before you are ready to bake it. Allow it to come to room temp and then bake it as listed in the instructions. I hope you enjoy it! ~m

Susan

Sunday 25th of March 2018

I made a very large batch for a banquet.... tripled the recipe. I added 1 chopped onion (sautéed in butter when making the roux), cut the amount of cheese and used 8 c. a mix of Colby, Jack and Cheddar. The vinegar frightened me.... I used only the 1/4 Cup for the whole triple batch. I also used seasoned Panko crumbs. It really was delicious. However, if you are making this ahead of time and baking it from the refrigerator.... baking time is more like an hour.

Michele

Thursday 21st of June 2018

Yes, if you make this in larger sizes it will take longer to bake. I LOVE the use of 3 different cheeses! ~ m

CECILA

Monday 6th of March 2017

CAN I SUBSTITUTE GOAT CHEESE FOR THE AMERICAN CHEESE? ITS ALL I HAVE AT THE MOMENT

Michele

Monday 6th of March 2017

Cecilia, you could use about 1/4 of the amount in goat cheese, but you really need a more melty cheese like american, gouda, or Swiss as the majority of the cheese. The goat cheese will be a nice addition to the recipe though! ~m

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