Chicken Rice Casserole

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

You will need to have on hand 3 – 4 cups of shredded chicken. You can make it easy 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 judgement 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.

Here we go…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. 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. 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

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. It’s one of those simple yummy family dishes that is perfect after a long day at work or school. It’s warm and inviting! It’s perfect! 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. I have more comfort foods coming up this week! I’m also going to share those wedding photo’s with you! I’m so excited about that!  I’ve included a printable for this recipe. I think you’ll want to add this one to your family recipe book! It’s a keeper!

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

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Chicken Rice Casserole
Chicken Rice Casserole
Norine Rogers

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!


  • 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.

Prep Time: 15 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes ; Yield: 6-8 servings
Serving Size: 1 and 1/2 cups or one large scoop.
https://www.norinesnest.com/chicken-rice-casserole/

27 COMMENTS

  1. Susan Tuckett | 18th Aug 16

    Oh boy! I can’t wait for this one! I love comfort, EASY food. This is another one for the books. Thank you for sharing :.)

  2. Cindy | 8th Sep 16

    Can this be made in the crockpot?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 8th Sep 16

      Hi Cindy! To be honest I have never made it in a crock pot. I think the rice might get a little mushy but,it would be worth a try. I’ll have to try and let you know! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  3. Omer | 11th Oct 16

    Have you ever tried this recipe with raw chicken instead of pre-cooked?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 11th Oct 16

      I have not tried it with raw chicken. I know I have seen other chicken and rice recipes that say you can use raw chicken, this is not one I have tried that with. I’d be a little worried about how tender the chicken would be. If you try it and works let me know! I’d love to hear back from you. Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

  4. Krystal | 23rd Oct 16

    I used to have this growing up but I never knew the exact recipe…and I made this last night and it is the exact recipe!!! For years I have been precooking the rice and mixing it with the soups and cooking in the oven for like half an hour. You wouldn’t think that such a small tweak in how you cook with the same ingredients can make a difference. I thank you….my husband thanks you!!! lol

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 24th Oct 16

      Krystal you are SO welcome! I’m so happy you found this recipe and it was the exact same one you had growing up! It is amazing how just one little thing in a recipe can change everything. (Guess it really is science…and I failed that subject horribly! lol) Thank you so much for your comments and for stopping by and visiting my Nest! I love making new friends! 😉

  5. Michelle | 27th Dec 16

    I made this last night and it was very bland. I followed the recipe exactly. It needs salt and maybe some garlic.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 28th Dec 16

      Hi Michelle. Thanks for your feedback! I sincerely appreciate it. All of the flavor is coming from the soups in this recipe. Without additional seasoning and spices I could see where you would find it bland. I don’t add extra salt because of the sodium content in the soups and the chicken broth but you could certainly add it before baking. Maybe some pepper and garlic. I was also thinking if you prefer more flavor you could add some sauteed onions. My family has always liked this casserole the way it is, although I do sprinkle some salt on my serving…but I’m a bit of a salt addict! lol 😉 I think “flavor” is a lot like “art”. It’s about personal taste. Example some people love curry, peppermint, hot and spicy. I’m not a curry fan. Peppermint..eh. Hot and Spicy…find me a fire hose…FAST! However, I do L.O.V.E. the flavors of cumin, oregano, garlic (I have a friend who hates garlic!??? How is that even possible? lol) I also think if you were to use a rotisserie chicken that could kick it up a notch or two. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it. I try to hit a spectrum of varying tastes. It’s always been one of my favorite comfort foods but I could see where you might find it bland. Thanks for stopping by! Don’t give up on me! I’ve got lots of recipes PACKED full of flavor! 😉 Have a Great Day. 🙂

  6. Carol | 29th Dec 16

    I love comfort food and my son favors rice, so your chicken and rice casserole will surely be a hit. Thank you.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th Dec 16

      Me too Carol! I love comfort foods…maybe a little too much! 😉 I know this has always been a huge favorite with my kids. Let me know how your son likes it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a GREAT New Year! 🙂

  7. Samantha | 3rd Feb 17

    Could I make this recipe with brown rice instead? Love your recipes. Thank you so much!

    Samantha

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 3rd Feb 17

      Hi Samantha! Thank you for your sweet compliment. To answer your question…Yes you can. I would add a touch more chicken broth…probably about 1/3 cup more since it is a heartier rice and will absorb more liquid. Let me know how it turns out for you! Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

  8. Kristen | 15th Aug 17

    Can I make this ahead of time, refrigerate and then pop in the oven at dinner time?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 16th Aug 17

      Hi Kristen!
      Yes you can. My Mom used to make all three of my Chicken Casseroles on this site, on Saturday, and put them in the refrigerator to bake during the week. Working Mom’s come up with all kinds of time saving ideas. 😉 It should be just fine. I do not recommend freezing it because the rice absorbs all the that liquid and then it’s mush. 🙁 However, the refrigerator for a day is fine.
      Thanks for stopping by. Hope your family loves this casserole as much as mine does. Seriously my kids favorite. Not fancy but so comforting and good.
      ~Norine

  9. Adrienne Werwath | 15th Nov 17

    Looking forward to this, it is in the oven now. I added some garlic powder, sauteed diced onions , celery and a good couple of grinds of black pepper. Otherwise I followed recipe as written. Wondering if I might sprinkle a bit of panko crumbs mixed with some parmesean on top, after the taking off of the foil, then letting it brown just a few minutes. I love simple recipes, and this looks so good.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Nov 17

      Hi Adrienne!
      I love your additions! I’m not sure about the panko crumbs with Parmesan? Never have tried that. It sounds delicious. I always say when in doubt…try it. If you don’t like it…don’t do it next time. I’m thinking a meal could made just from that topping though! lol I hope you enjoy this casserole as much as we do. It is my kids very favorite…still to this day as grown adults they love this casserole. Thanks so much for visiting with me. I love hearing from my Nest Friends! It always brightens my day!

      ~Norine

  10. Tammy | 18th Dec 17

    I Love this recipe. My nephews ask for it every time they come over. Sometimes I add some broccoli and its amazing. Going to try your tamales next.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 18th Dec 17

      Hi Tammy!
      Thank you so much for sharing! My kids still love this casserole. (So do I…it’s my comfort food) I love the addition of broccoli! I’m going to try that next time I make it. I love when friends stop by and share with me. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Let me know how you like the tamales! They’re my favorite tamale on the planet.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  11. Jess | 20th Dec 17

    Just had to say thanks for this recipe; my husband and I just adore it! I’ve made it multiple times since first discovering it on your blog, and each time we have it for supper it’s like a warm, delicious bowl of happiness! 🙂

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 21st Dec 17

      Hi Jess!
      Thank you SO much for sharing with me. I think I’m going to let you start writing for me. I love your description of this casserole and I’m going to use it from now on. Fits perfectly! This is still our family favorite and I think one of the first casseroles my daughter made when she got married. I’m so happy you stopped by and shared this with me. Ya made my day!
      Have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

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  13. Sam | 6th Mar 18

    Hi! Two questions, do I need to butter dish before adding mixture? And, I’d like for it to be a little spicy, do you think I should add cajun seasoning/cayenne pepper to the mixture, or on top of chicken? I was thinking of dicing chicken and putting spice on the chicken and cooking separately, then putting diced chicken on top. What do you think.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 8th Mar 18

      Hi Sam!
      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I had a new grandbaby born this week and it’s been crazy around here. To answer your questions…no you don’t need to butter the dish. Second, I’d cook the chicken separately and add the spices to the chicken. I love that idea. I really think that is the best way to spice this dish up. Let me know if you try it. I’d love to hear how you liked it.
      Thanks for stopping by my Nest. I hope you have a great week.
      ~Norine

  14. Lisa Gallegos | 18th Jun 18

    Love this recipe!! I made it on the stovetop and made the rice in separate skillet. I used Leftover cooked chicken that I froze and stored in foodsaver bag. Also added some peppered bacon bits that I had frozen in foodsaver bag. Sautéed onions with chili peppers. Topped it with red chili pepper flakes. Most everything was precooked including the rice. That’s why I made it separate (don’t like soggy rice). DELICIOUS!! Thanks for the recipe.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 19th Jun 18

      Hi Lisa!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your changes with me. It all sounds so wonderful! Love that you made it on the stove top. What a great idea. YUM! Have a Great Day and thanks again for visiting with me.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

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