Corn Casserole with Broccoli and Chicken

Corn Casserole with Broccoli and Chicken


  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Medium sized Onion: 1
  • Minced Garlic: 3 cloves
  • Sliced Broccoli: 1 lb
  • Diced cooked chicken: 2 cups
  • Chicken Broth/Water: 1/4 cup
  • Melted Butter: 1/2 cup
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped medium sized Green Chillies: 3
  • Cornmeal: 1/2 cup
  • Eggs: 2
  • Grated Cheese: 1 cup


This is my go to recipe if I want my kids to eat broccoli. They are such chicken lovers but broccoli though healthy just seems so tasteless to them. Well, in all honesty, it is tasteless. The sauces are not that much of a help and my kids got bored with them after a while. This is when I had talked to my mother about this situation because my kids were just not eating healthy.

The vegetables on their plates were turning into leftovers during every meal every day. The idea that my mother shared was perhaps the most obvious thing to do but somehow it did not strike me. I believe this could e happening to so many other mothers out there. My mother said look at the flavors your kids enjoy and try and bring those flavors into Broccoli. She suggested me to try out her recipe for corn casserole with chicken and broccoli. So, I decided to share this twist that my mother shared with me on the classic corn casserole recipe. The basic corn casserole recipe is very simple and can be easily implemented.

It borders a slight on an experiment when we decide to try out some exciting ingredients as I have done here. Well, I guess if you want your kids to be excited about Broccoli, you got to make it exciting and interesting for them. I have only used the ingredients that I believe are easily available in every kitchen. If you prefer different cooking oil or your family has already developed a certain taste to any other kind of cooking oil, please feel free to keep that as the base of the dish.

You will need to take care of a few things other than baking. Let us get to work then.

Cooking directions:

  1. Set a skillet on a medium flame and then add the olive oil to it. Once the oil is hot enough and you see a slight smoke on the insides of the skillet, add the onion. Once the onion softens, add the chopped up garlic cloves.
  2. Add the broccoli – stems first and then the flowery part. Let all these ingredients turn tender first.
  3. At this point, add the chicken broth or plain water if you want to keep the dish light. Though, the broth will bring more taste to the dish. So, if you can and have some broth available, I highly recommend using it.
  4. Once the broth comes to a boil, let it simmer for around 10 minutes. Cover the skillet for this duration and turn the heat to low.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove from the flame and set aside to cool.
  6. In a separate bowl, blend together the eggs, corn and the butter. To this mixture, add the cornmeal, green chopped chilies, the shredded cheese and salt (you can also add pepper if you wish to) and mix thoroughly with a large spoon.
  7. Now add the ingredients in the skillet into this bowl mixture and stir until all are mixed evenly. Do this very carefully so that while spreading the mixture in the casserole dish, there are no lumps in the casserole that might affect the baking process.
  8. The baking can be ideally done for around 40 minutes. The top crust should be set and should start turning a slight hint of brown. If you want a crunchier top, let it turn to proper brown before you remove the baking dish from oven.

This has definitely turned my kids heart’s towards broccoli. They like the fact that even broccoli tastes a bit like chicken and corn. The flavors in this cheesy corn casserole recipe blend in so nicely together that it is difficult to tell them apart; which is exactly what I was looking for. My kids cannot get enough of this and how do I know this? They just invited some of their friends over to try it.