Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, cook carrots, onion, and celery in chicken stock until tender, adding water if necessary. Add chicken. Season with salt and lemon pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Layer chicken, rice, broccoli, soup mixture, and cheese in a prepared casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with almonds, and return to oven for 10 minutes.
Robbie Shoults from Bear Creek Smokehouse returns to Good Day to make a family favorite -- cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole. The family-owned restaurant in Marshall, TX specializes in smoked meats.
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
4 carrots, cleaned and cut into 1/8 inch slices
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 chicken, cooked, deboned and cut into bite-size pieces
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
16 ounces sour cream
20 ounces frozen chopped broccoli
8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 cups cooked rice
Serve immediately. Great served with warm cornbread and butter.