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30 Minute Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole is pure comfort food. Chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese come together perfectly in this tasty homemade casserole.

creamy chicken and rice casserole

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Easy Chicken and Rice

This recipe came from a card I got in the mail, over 20 years ago (at least…)  

I have made it many times, it is so creamy and comforting.  Even my picky eater will have a few bites without too many complaints. (As long as I remove the broccoli from his serving, lol.)

chicken and rice casserole

You’ll love how easy this Chicken and Rice Recipe is to make.

It’s creamy comforting and takes only the tiniest amount of prep before tossing the creamy chicken and rice casserole in the oven.

I’ve used canned chicken today, but you can use frozen chicken or quickly sauté some raw diced chicken breasts to use. (3/4 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts should equal about 2 cups of cubed cooked chicken.)

creamy chicken and rice casserole

Want to give this creamy chicken and rice recipe a try? These are the ingredients to add to your shopping list:

Ingredients + Tips

(Ingredients at a glance, print full ingredient list and instruction card found at the bottom of the post.)

  • Cream of Mushroom soup | You can also use cream of chicken.
  • Milk
  • Mayonnaise
  • Better Than Bullion Chicken | The Better than Bullion brand is my secret flavor ingredient in almost all my recipes. You could use regular bullion but the Better than Bullion has no added MSG, and 1/3 less salt most bouillons.
  • 2 cups pre cooked chopped chicken | Use whatever chicken you have that is precooked. Leftover, rotisserie, canned, etc… (Canned chicken tastes better if rinsed.) If you decide to use raw chicken, dice it in to small pieces and g ahead and sauté it with salt, pepper and the onions and peppers.
  • Frozen broccoli | You could substitute peas or mixed veggies.
  • Onion | yellow would be best as they are less pungent than white and these onions are not sautéed first. (If sensitive to onions, you might consider cutting the amount in half.)
  • Red bell pepper | Mainly for color. You could use green or leave it out.
  • Cooked white rice | I have recently discovered frozen precooked rice at the grocery store – ready in 3 minutes, this stuff is the bomb when it comes to quick dinners.
  • Shredded cheese | My preference on the cheese is the cheddar/Monterey/Colby Jack blend – but use whatever cheese you like.

How to make this Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend soup, milk, mayo, better than bullion, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  
  3. Combine chicken, onion, broccoli, bell pepper and rice in a large bowl; mix gently.
  4. Gently fold soup mixture into the chicken mixture to combine, fold in half the cheddar cheese. how to make chicken and rice casserole
  5. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.  Spoon in chicken mixture.
  6. Sprinkle top of casserole with remaining cheese.easy chicken and rice casserole
  7. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Variations:

  • Replace peas for broccoli.
  • Add jalapenos or a drained can of diced green chiles.
  • Use cream of chicken instead of cream of mushroom.
  • Sprinkle top with fried onions, crushed Ritz crackers or bread crumbs.

 

chicken rice and broccoli casserole

Can I make this recipe in the microwave?

Yes, you can! To prepare in the microwave, proceed as recipe directs through step 4 but do not add the remaining cheese.  Microwave on medium for 10 minutes: add remaining cheese. Microwave 10 more minutes til heated through.

Can this Chicken and Rice Casserole be Frozen

This casserole can be made ahead and frozen or stored in fridge until ready to bake. (If frozen, defrost in fridge, then bring to room temp. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through.)

Enjoy!

easy chicken and rice

More Comfort Food Recipes to Enjoy:

What are your favorite easy dinner recipes? Sound off in the comments below and as always, if you end up making this dish, be sure to come back and let us know what you think!

 

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chicken and rice casserole

Chicken Rice and Broccoli Casserole

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 1 tbsp better than chicken bullion
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • 2 cups chopped chicken (If using canned chicken, rinse it first)
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli (You could substitute peas.)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion (if sensitive to onion, you might cut this in half)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend soup, milk, mayo, better than bullion, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Combine chicken, onion, broccoli, bell pepper and rice in a large bowl; mix gently.
  3. Gently fold soup mixture into the chicken mixture to combine, fold in half the cheddar cheese.
  4. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.  Spoon in chicken mixture.
  5. Sprinkle top of casserole with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you so much! I also lost mine a long time ago! So happy to find this! 🙂

  2. This is my family favorte they always want me to make it such a hit.

  3. I added a can of green chilies. It was so good, thanks.

  4. This is so cool. I too got this recipe in the mail (and I subscribed to the entire box of recipes). The majority of them are easy to make and tasty! This is a great meal to make ahead and freeze-the texture changes a little bit but it's barely noticeable.

    1. I was so excited to find this recipe. I lost mine and have tried others, nothing compares to this recipe. It’s my family favorite.

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