Cheddar Broccoli Chicken (Cracker Barrel copycat recipe)





  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1 C milk (I used vitamin D whole milk)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 6 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • florets from 2 crowns of broccoli
  • 15 crushed Ritz crackers



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large casserole dish with heavy duty aluminum foil (or parchment paper), and lightly spray with canola oil.  Bring large pot of water to a boil.  In the meantime…
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place into prepared dish.
  3. Mix milk, soup,paprika, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Pour half of mixture over chicken.
  5. Drop (washed and roughly chopped) broccoli florets into water when it reaches boiling.  Cook for one to two minutes, until near tender-crisp.  Place drained broccoli over cheese-covered chicken.
  6. Top with remaining cheese sauce and Ritz crackers.
  7.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.



This was so good.   So, so freaking good!  I stumbled upon this recipe while browsing pinterest.  The version I became so familiar with was from Spicy Southern Kitchen.  Her recipe can be found here:  I have made some slight adjustments to suit my family’s tastes, and this casserole has quickly become a weekly staple in my house.

Also, my bestie Gavin who happen to work at Cracker Barrel let me in on some inside info; Cheddar Broccoli Chicken is Cracker Barrel’s Wednesday special, and it is so popular that they sell out of it every Wednesday!  I totally get it.

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Also, silly, but this wine glass had been neglected for so long that a spider had built it’s home on it.  I was amused because it was like a better version of those silly gothic challices they sell at like Walgreens around Halloween.  Like I said.  Silly.


Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25 g 39 %
Saturated Fat 11 g 57 %
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 117 mg 39 %
Sodium 1328 mg 55 %
Potassium 579 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrate 19 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 41 g 83 %
Vitamin A 19 %
Vitamin C 69 %
Calcium 41 %
Iron 10 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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