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Chicken Rice Casserole

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Chicken Rice Casserole is a quick and easy family favorite. Rice is mixed with cream of mushroom, cream of celery, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth and topped with shredded chicken. 

A casserole made with chicken and rice on a dish

I don’t know about you but, with school back in session and the leaves beginning to turn, I’ve been dreaming of yummy comfort foods!

Simple down home comfort foods! The kind you want to scoop into a bowl, sneak over to your favorite corner of the couch, snuggled in a soft blanket, turn on your favorite guilty pleasure TV show, and just SNARF … and go “Mmmmm” with every mouthful! (That is just pure mommy bliss right there!)

So in honor of that craving, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite comfort food dishes! Chicken Rice Casserole! It’s not fancy. It doesn’t have any highfalutin ingredients. It’s not complicated to make, in fact you can have it whipped up in no time! Your youngest to your oldest will love this one! My kids still L.O.V.E. this dish! (Get Ready… Pick out that spot on the sofa and grab your blanket !)

Chicken Rice Casserole served with fresh salad

How To Make Easy Chicken Rice Casserole

You will need to have on hand 3 – 4 cups of shredded chicken.

TIP: You can make this chicken rice casserole easily and use a store-bought Rotisserie chicken and just pick the meat off the bones. That is perfectly fine. You can also boil a whole chicken, bone it, and freeze all that wonderful chicken broth for your holiday stuffing! Which ever you prefer. No judgment here folks! We do what works best for us and our families!

To make this super-duper easy you are going to mix it all together in the same pan it’s going to cook in. (I know, I know, I’m awesome like that! Lol) You can mix it in a separate bowl if you like. I just don’t like doing more dishes than I have to.

Easy Steps to making Chicken Rice Casserole…

In a 9 x 13 casserole dish pour 1 and 1/4 cup of long grain white rice.

Chicken Rice Casserole Rice

Add one can each of Cream of Chicken Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and Cream of Celery Soup.

TIP: If you boiled your chicken, you can add one cup of chicken broth. If you didn’t, that’s okay, just add one cup of water. (I know, not so purty but, hang in there with me…you’ll be thanking me later!)

Chicken Rice Casserole Prep 1

Grab your handy wire whisk and carefully, so as not to splash all that icky soup water on you, mix that all together really well. You can use a spoon but, it won’t work nearly as well. You want a nice creamy mixture.

Chicken Rice Casserole Mixed

Once it’s all blended it should look like this. (See… “creamy mixture!” That’s a high-tech cooking term!)

Chicken Rice Casserole after mixing

Add the shredded chicken!

You are going to place it all over the top of the soup/rice mixture. (Remember this is not a pretentious dish!) I love mine loaded with chicken.

TIP: I usually cook up a Costco whole raw chicken. They are so big! I can get two separate dishes out of one chicken. You can use half now and bag the other half and freeze it for later. It makes life easier the next time you need chicken for another dish. (Who doesn’t like to make life easier?)

Chicken Rice Casserole adding chicken

The last step, before we pop it into the oven, is to sprinkle it with paprika for a little color.

Right now it’s kind of a homely plain Jane “comfort food” dish. We need to kick it up just a little bit. Paprika will do the trick! (You gotta admit…that looks better!)

Chicken Rice casserole add paprika

Baking Chicken Rice Casserole

Now cover it tightly with aluminum foil. You want it to hold in all the steam from the soups and broth so that the rice will get nice and soft, and fluffy. Place it in a 350-degree oven for one hour and 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 15- 20 minutes BEFORE removing foil. Once it is done the rice will be perfectly cooked and the soup mixture will be bubbling up in between the nooks and crannies of the chicken. Hooray!  It’s time to go grab that bowl!

Chicken Rice Casserole Baked

This casserole is pure deliciousness!

Seriously… delicious! It’s creamy and flavorful. The chicken is tender and juicy. This is one of those simple yummy family dishes that is perfect after a long day at work or school. It’s warm and inviting! Pure perfection! It’s “home” in a casserole dish.

The house smells AMAZING when this is cooking! You will feel like Super Mom or Super Comfort Chef! The best things in life are the simple things! This is one of those simple things!

chicken rice casserole after baking

The great part of this dish? Besides how yummy and easy it is, are the leftovers!

If you are lucky enough to have any, which I will be surprised if you do, but if you do, the leftovers make for a wonderful lunch the next day.

There may be a little fighting that has been known to go on over the leftovers at this Nest with this particular casserole!

Chicken Rice Casserole

I served mine with a simple lettuce salad with tomato slices and some cut up watermelon. It’s not fancy! It’s not putting on “airs” for anyone, so I like to keep my side dishes simple. I wouldn’t want them to feel out-of-place! (wink, wink)

There you have it! One of my all-time favorite comfort foods! Chicken Rice Casserole.

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Have a GREAT day! Thanks for popping by! You bring JOY to my life! 

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Happy Nesting!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken Rice Casserole

Chicken Rice Casserole

Down Home Pure and Simple Comfort food is what this Chicken Rice Casserole offers your family! It is one of our "Nests" favorite dishes and the left overs make a wonderful lunch the next day...if you're lucky enough to have any!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 3- 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 1/4 cups traditional uncooked white long grain rice
  • 1 can Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can Campbell's Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth or Water
  • Paprika for topping


  1. In a large bowl mix together the rice, soups and chicken broth or water with a wire whisk. Mix until well blended. (You can just mix this directly in the casserole dish)
  2. Pour into a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  3. Place the shredded chicken on top of the rice/soup mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with Paprika for color.
  5. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour and 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven. Keep covered. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 682mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 54g

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Friday 23rd of February 2024

Dear Norine,

The Easy Chicken Casserole is in deed just that, EASY!! I love to use this recipe to those who are in need of a meal when sick or just "because". It is truly is deliciousness!

Keep the wonderful recipes coming my way.


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Love this casserole! Was wondering if I needed to adjust the time if you double the recipe?

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Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Hi Geneva! I wouldn't think so. I never have. Hope this helps...such a wonderful comfort dish and one of my all time favorites! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy! Norine


Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Excited to make this for dinner! I’m going to try adding some French fried onions after it cooks for a little crunch.

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Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Hi Christina! Sounds like a great addition to me. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by and visiting today. Come back soon. Happy Nesting! Norine


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Making this for dinner tonight. I’ve made stovetop chicken and rice, but I love a casserole. I used Carolina Gold Rice, and a Hat h Chile rotisserie chicken (‘tis the season!), so I’m excited to see how this one turns out!

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Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Hi Marcus! I'm excited to see how this turns out! Especially with that Hatch Chile Chicken! That ought to kick things up in this casserole...and I love casseroles too. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. Let me know how it turns out. Have a great week! Norine

Chrissy Hadlock

Friday 29th of November 2019

We have made this before and we love it! We are making it again tonight but with left over Turkey!

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Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Hi Chrissy!

I LOVE this casserole with Turkey! I think a lot of people forget that you can substitute Turkey into chicken casseroles beautifully! This is one of those recipes. I hope you enjoyed it...I know this is my favorite casserole. Just so simple and comforting. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

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