Broccoli Rice Casserole (Naturally Gluten-Free)

I’ve avoided making casseroles ever since I went gluten-free. I didn’t want to have to make homemade cream-of-whatever soup to replace the canned variety, since that seemed to take a lot of the convenience out of it. It is nice, though, to just make a big casserole and have lots of food for everyone, especially my children who seem to be on their umpteenth growing spurt. They loved this dish, and we actually had a tiny bit of leftovers.

This gluten-free broccoli rice casserole can easily be made as a vegetarian meal, but I added cooked chicken to make it even heartier. Since I often have leftover chicken and rice in the fridge, this was quick to pull together and get into the oven for dinner.

Broccoli Rice Casserole | Naturally Gluten-Free, so it's good for everyone and tastes great

Broccoli Rice Casserole (Naturally Gluten-Free)
Serves: 8
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (I cooked mine in chicken broth for extra flavor)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 16oz bag frozen broccoli cuts, defrosted (I just zapped mine in the microwave at 1/2 power)
  • 4oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, diced (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x12 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the celery and onion for about 7 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the broccoli and stir to combine, cooking until broccoli is tender.
  4. Add the cream cheese and water to the skillet, breaking up the cream cheese and stirring to make a creamy gravy that coats the vegetables.
  5. Stir in cooked chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the rice and basil; toss to mix.
  7. Transfer to the casserole dish and sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.



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This Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe is linked up to Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten-Free Homemaker, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Whole Food Wednesday at Beyond the Peel,  Friday Food at MomTrends and Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam.


  1. This sounds so delicious! I cant wait to try it :)

  2. Sounds good.

    I make a homemade cream soup base for all my casseroles – it is super easy and really doesn’t take but a minute.

  3. Anna,
    I would love your cream soup recipe–please send it my way!


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