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    Delicious and hearty, this easy chicken and rice casserole recipe is one tasty family dinner. Simple to prep before it’s baked in the oven, this creamy vegetable and chicken recipe is wonderfully comforting and filling.

    easy chicken and rice bake

    Casseroles are always a great go-to weeknight meal after a busy day. With minimal prep and hands-off cooking time, this is one effortless dinner that the whole family will love.

    If you a stuck in a dinner rut, this vegetable, chicken and rice casserole is one tasty way to break out of it. It’s been on my weekly meal rotation for quite a while as it’s so tasty and super easy to make.

    Be sure to try my Broccoli Rice Casserole and Breakfast Sausage Casserole too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Hearty: This chicken and rice bake recipe won’t leave you wanting more! Filling and hearty with protein, veggies, and rice, this is sure to satisfy hungry mouths!
    • Hands off cooking: I love making casseroles, they require little hands on cooking and when baking in the oven you are free to get on with other things.
    • Family friendly: This is a great family dish that even your picky eaters will love!
    easy chicken and rice casserole

    Ingredients for chicken and rice casserole

    • Vegetables: Mushrooms, onion, carrots, garlic, and frozen peas.
    • White wine: Used to deglaze the pan and add flavor. Sherry also works, or use stock if you prefer.
    • Stock: Chicken stock or chicken broth is best for this recipe, but vegetable or turkey stock will also work well.
    • Cream: We use sour cream and heavy whipping cream to create a delicious and creamy sauce for this casserole with chicken and rice. You don’t need any cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup.
    • Seasonings and herbs: Salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and poultry seasoning. Optional spices: thyme, rosemary, basil, and fresh parsley for garnish.
    • White rice: You can use medium or long grain white rice for this recipe.
    • Chicken breasts: You can use chicken thighs or breasts in this recipe. You could also use leftover shredded chicken.
    chicken and rice casserole ingredients

    How to make chicken and rice casserole

    • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
    • Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet and add mushrooms. Brown the mushrooms over high heat, allowing them to brown lightly and release some of their moisture. Add the mushrooms to a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
    • In the same sauté pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lower the heat to medium, add the onions, and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Transfer onions, carrots, and garlic to to the baking dish.
    • Add 1/4 cup dry sherry or dry white wine to the pan to deglaze it, scraping off the browned bits from the bottom. Let the white wine reduce to about 1 tablespoon, then add the chicken stock, and remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and heavy cream, salt, black pepper, Italian and poultry seasoning.
    • Add the uncooked rice, thawed green peas and chicken pieces to the casserole dish. Then pour the stock, wine, cream, and sour cream mixture over the rice. Stir the rice, vegetable, and chicken mixture so that they are evenly distributed in the casserole dish.
    • Cover the casserole dish tightly with aluminium foil. Bake in a 375°F oven for 45 minutes and then remove foil.
    • If the casserole still has too much liquid, let it cook a few minutes more, uncovered, until the excess liquid has evaporated away.
    • Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.
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    Can you make this recipe with brown rice?

    The timings for this recipe are for white rice. Brown rice or wild rice can be used, but you may need to bake the casserole for an extra 10 minutes to make sure that it is tender and cooked through. The rice bakes in the oven, there’s no need to cook it first.

    Can you make it ahead of time?

    The leftovers from this easy chicken and rice casserole bake will keep well covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Let it cool completely before storing. You can reheat the casserole in the oven at 360F for 15 to 20 minutes till warmed through. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil when reheating so that the top doesn’t burn.

    vegetables rice and chicken bake with a spoon in casserole dish

    What do you serve it with?

    Loaded with fresh veggies and chicken, this healthy chicken and rice casserole is a hearty and filling meal all by itself, but you can easily serve it alongside some additional veggies if you like. Try it with:

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips for the Best Chicken and Rice Bake

    • You can easily add other veggies to this dish. Bell peppers, broccoli, or green beans would make a great addition.
    • You can also use shredded letfover chicken to make this creamy chicken and rice oven bake.
    • You can also make this dish with beef steak if you prefer.
    • For best results, use whipping cream, but you can use half and half for a lighter dish.
    • Brown rice will require longer cooking time.
    chicken and rice bake served on a plate

    More Chicken Recipes

    If you liked this recipe for baked chicken and rice casserole from scratch, be sure to check out my other easy chicken recipes:

    Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Delicious and hearty, this easy chicken and rice casserole recipe is one tasty family dinner. Simple to prep before it's baked in the oven, this creamy vegetable and chicken recipe is wonderfully comforting and filling.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 681kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
    • Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet and add mushrooms. Brown the mushrooms over high heat, allowing them to brown lightly and release some of their moisture. Add the mushrooms to the casserole dish.
    • In the same sauté pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lower the heat to medium, add the onions, and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Transfer onions, carrots, and garlic to a 9×13 casserole dish.
    • Add 1/4 cup dry sherry or dry white wine to the pan to deglaze it, scraping off the browned bits from the bottom. Let the white wine reduce to about 1 tablespoon, then add the chicken stock, and remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and heavy cream, salt, black pepper, Italian and poultry seasoning.
    • Add the uncooked rice, thawed green peas and chicken pieces to the casserole dish. Then pour the stock, wine, cream, and sour cream mixture over the rice. Stir the rice, vegetable, and chicken mixture so that they are evenly distributed in the casserole dish.
    • Cover the casserole dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in a 375°F oven for 45 minutes and then remove foil.
    • If the casserole still has too much liquid, let it cook a few minutes more, uncovered, until the excess liquid has evaporated away.
    • Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • You can easily add other veggies to this dish. Bell peppers or green beans would make a great addition.
    • You can also make this dish with beef steak if you prefer.
    • For best results, use whipping cream, but you can use half and half for a lighter dish.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1260mg | Potassium: 1286mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6268IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 3mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword mushroom chicken and rice casserole, rice casserole with chicken, vegetable and chicken rice casserole
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