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Nixon Chicken Casserole

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Nixon Chicken Casserole is a vintage recipe full of hearty chicken, tender broccoli, and a rich, cheesy sauce. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

classic dish from a nixon family recipe

Nixon Chicken Casserole Recipe

Need an easy dish to make with the chicken you have hanging out in the fridge? This Nixon Chicken Casserole is just what you need!

I love this recipe because it’s so easy to throw together (only 10 minutes of prep time) and the whole family loves it.

Simple ingredients you already have on hand make a dish you can feel good about serving your family.

This chicken broccoli casserole is great for easy weeknight dinners or potlucks. It makes a generous 9 servings, so there’s plenty to go around!

original recipe for nixon chicken casserole

Why is it called Nixon Chicken Casserole?

The recipe became popular after President Nixon mentioned in a White House interview that his wife Pan made a a cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole that he can’t get enough of.

This old recipe has been a staple family dinner favorite for decades thanks to its easy prep and delicious flavors.

What to Serve With It

Because it’s full of veggies and chicken, I like to serve it with a fresh green salad or a side of rice or mashed potatoes to round the whole meal out.

More Chicken Casserole Recipes

ingredients like a small bowl with a cup mayonnaise, leftover chicken, cans of cream of chicken soup, and frozen veggies

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken – Use precooked shredded or diced boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • Mayo – Duke’s is my favorite for it’s creamy texture. Substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • Cheese – Sharp shredded cheddar cheese. Substitute mozzarella.
  • Condensed soup – Cream of mushroom soup or substitute cream of chicken.
  • Broccoli – Frozen broccoli florets for easy prep.
  • Onion – Grated sweet or white onion.
  • Staples – Large eggs.

How to Make Nixon Chicken Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Steam or microwave the broccoli for roughly 3-5 minutes to make it lightly tender but not too much.
  3. Place half of the broccoli in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  1. In a large bowl combine the chicken, soup, mayo, cheese, onion, and eggs. Stir to combine.
  2. Spread mixture over the broccoli. Top with remaining broccoli.
  3. Cover and bake for 35 minutes.
  1. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown.
  2. Remove and serve.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

baked nixon chicken casserole

How long does it last?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Can I make it ahead of time?

You bet! Assemble everything in the baking dish but don’t bake it. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. 

Remove from the fridge 10-15 minutes before baking to bring it to room temperature.

fork with bite of nixon chicken casserole

Can I freeze it?

Assemble, bake, and freeze the casserole for up to 3 months. Be sure to cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

​Best Casserole Tips

  • Substitute fresh broccoli florets, lightly steamed.
  • Use cream of chicken or cream of onion soup of desired.
  • A rotisserie chicken is easiest or substitute leftover turkey.
  • Stir in some water chestnuts for a vintage crunch.
  • Want a crunchy topping? Use crushed potato chips, bread crumbs, or corn flakes.
  • Cover it with foil for most of the baking time to keep everything tender and moist and remove in the last 10 minutes.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

creamy chicken and broccoli casserole

This Richard Nixon Chicken Casserole is quick to make on a busy night and full of protein and veggies. Flavors and textures the whole family will love!

nixon chicken casserole

Nixon Chicken Casserole Recipe

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Richard Nixon Chicken Casserole is quick to make on a busy night and full of protein and veggies. Flavors and textures the whole family will love!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked, diced chicken
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (10.5 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion (or 1 tablespoon onion powder)
  • 24-30 ounces frozen broccoli florets (roughly 3 cups)

Instructions

  1. Nixon Chicken CasserolePreheat oven to 375F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Steam or microwave the broccoli for roughly 3-5 minutes to make it lightly tender but not too much.
  4. Spread ½ of the broccoli in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  5. In a large bowl combine the chicken, soup, mayo, cheese, onion, and eggs. Stir to combine.
  6. Spread mixture over the broccoli.
  7. Top with remaining broccoli.
  8. Cover and bake for 35 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown.
  10. Remove and serve.

Notes

  • Substitute fresh broccoli florets, lightly steamed.
  • Use cream of chicken or cream of onion soup of desired.
  • A rotisserie chicken is easiest or substitute leftover turkey.
  • Stir in some water chestnuts for a vintage crunch.
  • Want a crunchy topping? Use crushed potato chips, bread crumbs, or corn flakes.
  • Cover it with foil for most of the baking time to keep everything tender and moist and remove in the last 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1173Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1465mgCarbohydrates: 168gFiber: 75gSugar: 34gProtein: 71g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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