French Chicken Broccoli Supreme

This casserole recipe is one that my daughter found on Pinterest, and she asked me to test it out when I was at her house recently. This made a great dinner for her family after a day at work and rounding up the children from their after-school activities of karate and tumbling. French Chicken Broccoli Supreme got a "thumbs up" from everyone.

French Chicken Broccoli Supreme

1 pound fresh broccoli florets, broken in pieces, steamed for 2 minutes
3 cups cooked, chopped chicken breasts (I used grilled)

1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
3 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

2 tubes Ritz crackers
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Layer the broccoli and chicken in the prepared dish; set aside.

For the sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, cornstarch dissolved in water, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir well, and continue stirring until sauce has thickened. Turn heat to low, and add 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese, stirring until melted. Pour sauce over the layered chicken and broccoli. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over the top of the sauce.

For the topping: Crush the Ritz crackers in a large zip top bag with a rolling pin; don't crush too small. Combine crushed crackers, melted butter, and poppy seeds; mix well. Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of the cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

The base of this recipe is 3 cups of cooked chicken and 1 pound of steamed broccoli.

The next layer is a creamy cheese sauce.

Sprinkle a layer of cheddar cheese after the sauce, then finish with the Ritz cracker/poppy seed topping.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

This casserole reminds me of poppy seed chicken, only cheesier and with broccoli, and you can't beat that!


  1. Yummmo! I'm sure this is delicious!! Cheese, ritz, butter topping?... What's not to love??! :)

  2. This does look delicious. Hubby loves broccoli so I know this will be a hit. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks wonderful! I have a similar recipe that requires you to just dump stuff into the baking pan, but the addition of bread crumbs here takes it to a whole new level! Thanks!

  4. I love pinterest! I love just pinning away...This casserole sounds very tasty. I love broccoli so sure I would enjoy this. Andi

  5. That looks delish, Anita! Cracker Barrel has a casserole that seems similar and now I have the recipe! Yea!!!

  6. Looks delicious! Thanks for testing it out for us ;)

  7. Dang, this sounds great! I'm curious to find out what the poppy seeds do for the recipe. I've only ever had them in muffins, I think!

  8. this looks so good. Pinning to try.

  9. YUM! Going on my Pinterest board!

  10. I can tell already that this recipe is going to be a BIG hit at my house! We all love the Ritz broccoli casserole I make as a side during holidays and your recipe turns it into a perfect meal in itself! I can't wait to make it! Thanks for sharing it at the Rock N Share! ...and thanks for the Welcome back! It's good to be back.

  11. Hi Anita,
    This is the best Casserole, it looks very comforting and full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen