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Chicken Rice Casserole

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A casserole made with chicken and rice on a dish

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. 

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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 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.

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

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.

Great Family Favorite Casserole Recipes

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

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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:

Yield:

8

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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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!

norine@norinesnest.com

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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Lisa Gallegos

Monday 18th of June 2018

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

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

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

Sam

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

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

Thursday 8th of March 2018

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

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