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Chicken Rice Casserole

close-up photo of a spoonful of Chicken Rice CasseroleWith the weather cooling down, casseroles have been on my mind. Today, I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious chicken rice casserole. This post is sponsored by RiceSelect and Blogher.photo of a Chicken Rice CasseroleI made this casserole as part of RiceSelect’s “Rethink Rice” program. The goal is to redefine rice by creating dishes where rice is the hero of the dish rather than just a plain side or something to lay your entree on. Coming from an Asian background, rice has definitely been more than just a side and has been an integral part of many of my favorite dishes, like sushi, fried rice, rice pudding and risotto.

close-up photo of Chicken Rice Casserole

For this campaign, I was given RiceSelect’s Arborio Blend™ with Mushrooms to try. I love, love mushrooms, so I was really excited to try this out. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free! All RiceSelect products are grown, milled, and packaged in the USA and are produced from non-GMO proprietary seed. There is also an Arborio Blend™ with Jalapeño that I will need to try on a later date.

The rice blend has pieces of dried mushrooms mixed in. It has an earthy taste, with a touch of garlic and onions.

photo collage of a package of arborio blend rice and a close-up of a spoonful of rice

After tasting the rice, my immediate thought was to make a homey rice casserole. I wanted to add chicken because chicken goes so well in casseroles. And then I began to think what would pair well with chicken and mushrooms. My next thought was green beans. And before I knew it, my casserole was turning out a lot like an upgraded version of a green bean casserole. To boost the mushroom flavor, I added some cream of mushroom soup. And since this was looking so much like a popular Thanksgiving green bean casserole, I also went ahead and topped it with cheddar cheese and crunchy fried onions.

I was really pleased with how this turned out, and so was Mr. K. The dish had a warm, comforting appeal, and I imagine we’ll be making it again for future dinners this Fall and Winter.

close-up photo of the casserole

The dish is relatively stress-free, and you can make a large batch and have leftovers for future nights too. If you like this recipe, you might like my Enchilada Rice Casserole, too.

Chicken Rice Casserole

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
This cozy casserole with chicken and green beans is a step-up from a traditional green bean casserole often served as a Thanksgiving dinner side dish. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast cubed
  • 1 (10-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 cup  Arborio Blend™ with Mushrooms
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup fried onions
  • tbsp chopped parsley optional, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot, add rice and water and turn stove temperature to high until water begins to boil. Lower temperature and cook until rice is done and most of water has evaporated, stirring occasionally so rice does not stick to bottom, about 15-20 minutes. In a separate pan, sauté chicken and green beans until just done.
  • Add chicken, beans, and mushroom soup into rice, stirring until mixed.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Add rice mixture into a large casserole dish, spreading evenly across. Sprinkle surface with cheddar cheese. Cook for 15-20 minutes until everything is heated and bubbling. Top with fried onions and parsley (if using) before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25of recipe, Calories: 547kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 880mg, Potassium: 626mg, Fiber: 2g, Vitamin A: 650IU, Vitamin C: 6.8mg, Calcium: 227mg, Iron: 3.9mg, Net Carbs: 52g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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151 comments on “Chicken Rice Casserole”

  1. My fav rice dish is Salsa chicken and Rice in my crockpot.

    1 large onion, chopped
    1 green pepper, chopped
    1 orange or yellow pepper, chopped
    1 red pepper, chopped
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or
    6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    1 jar any kind you like salsa

    Pace veggies in bottom of crockpot.  Top with chicken, then pour entire jar of salsa on top of it all.  High for 5hrs or low 8hrs.  Take chicken out and shred and put back in crock and stir.
    Make a batch of brown rice and serve salsa chicken atop rice.  
    My kids like to mix theirs all up before eating and top it with shredded cheese. 
    My Hubby like his with guacamole and sour cream.  
    i like mine topped with everything!

  2. My fav is chicken and wild rice soup

  3. My favorite rice dish of the moment is a baked risotto.

  4. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/526167387297419264

  5. My favorite rice recipe is “nasi tim”

  6. My favorite rice recipe is fried rice.

  7. The easy paella recipe looks scrumptious!

  8. My favorite rice recipe is a beet and goat cheese risotto. 

  9. my favorite rice recipe is for sure chicken teriyaki with veggies. I make it all the time, probably because I LOVE Teriyaki sauce!!

  10. I love my chicken and rice soup recipe.

  11. I call it green rice.  I add sauteed garlic and a lot of fresh minced herbs to hot, cooked rice.  Easy and delicious.

  12. tweeted – https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/527553286757310464

  13. Chicken fried rice

  14. My go-to recipe is rice pilaf with lots of herbs and seasonings.  It goes with almost everything.

  15. Tweet  https://twitter.com/clc408/status/527793885276151810

  16. Oh our favorite is Spaghetti Rice Stuffed Green Peppers!  I cook the rice and hamburger.  I mix the rice, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese together and stuff the peppers.  I put a little leftover sauce on top of each one. I put in a 8×8 glass dish with a little water on the bottom to get the peppers nice and soft.  I cover with foil and bake 45 minutes at 350.  I then pull off the foil put a little cheese on top of each one and bake another 10-15 minutes.  One of our families favorites!

  17. My favorite recipe is a chicken and rice casserole similar to this!

  18. Rice pudding has always been my favorite rice dish! I could eat it all day!

  19. Beef tips and rice is an easy recipe that the whole family likes.

  20. I like to make rice with chicken.

  21. my favorite rice dish is brocolli rice casserole 

  22. i love rice and corn with cheese 

  23. My favorite is fried rice. It’s so easy to use left over meat from one of my other meals, chicken is great as also pork.

  24. I also make a No-Peek chicken andd rice casserole but mine doesn’t have cheese in it

  25. My favorite is pork fried rice.

  26. I love rice pilaf!

  27. My favorite recipe is chicken and rice soup

  28. tweeted -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/529352137952612352

  29. I like rice with smoked sausage

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  30. I love making my Grandma’s recipe for rice pudding.

  31. My favorite rice recipe is Cajun Jambalaya. 

  32. My favorite rice recipe is making chicken burritos with white rice and black beans.

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