This Chicken Rice Vegetable Casserole has it all - tender chunks of chicken nestled amongst perfectly cooked rice, vibrant green broccoli and topped with melty cheese. Similar to Chicken Divan, this dish is creamy and has hearty flavors but without added cream of soup.
Sear the chicken for about 5-6 minutes. Set aside. In the same skillet, once hot, saute the onion until it starts to get brown.
Add in the flour and whisk quickly for about a minute or so. In batches, stir in milk, continuously whisking. When all the milk is added, add in the spices and season with salt and black pepper.
Simmer the mixture on low heat until it thickens. Stir until cheese is melted and incorporated into the mixture.
Wash and dry broccoli. In a large bowl or right in the prepared casserole dish, mix rice, broccoli, chicken, and sauce.
Sprinkle the remaining ½ cups cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve and enjoy!