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Turkey & Broccoli Rice Casserole

This Little Goat went to Grillville
  • This Little Goat went to Grillville


4-6 servings


35 minutes

active time

20 minutes


3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided 

1 yellow onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

5 tsp This Little Goat went to Grillville, divided

Kosher salt

2 cups chopped leftover cooked turkey

1 cup uncooked Lemon Pepper RightRice, or other rice of your choice

1 head broccoli (about 1 pound), chopped into small florets

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup whole milk

1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs 


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Blanch the broccoli in a large pot of heavily salted water. Drain and set aside.

Add 1 Tbsp of butter to a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Once melted, add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add rice and toss to coat. Top with 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp Grillville spice and a pinch of salt.

Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and remove from heat. Let sit until the rice is tender and the water has absorbed, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the turkey and blanched broccoli and set aside.

Add remaining 2 Tbsp butter to the pot used to cook the broccoli and melt over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the remaining 2 teaspoons Grillville spice, flour and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes until flour has thickened. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the milk and broth.

Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes more. Remove from the heat and whisk in ½ cup shredded cheese until melted.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 ½ cups of cheese and panko. Set aside. 

Add the rice mixture to a large casserole dish or oven-safe skillet and pour over the cheese sauce. Mix to combine. Top with the cheese/breadcrumb mixture. Bake until the sauce is bubbling and the top is beginning to brown, about 10-15 minutes. If desired, turn your oven to broil and broil on the upper oven rack until the top is golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes more. Serve warm!

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