Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole is a classic comfort food dish that is both satisfying and easy to make. This dish is perfect for a family dinner or to serve at a potluck or gathering. The creamy sauce, tender chicken, and fluffy rice make this casserole a favorite among many.
➤ You’ll need:
- 3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 cups minute rice, uncooked
- 10 oz cream of chicken soup
- 2 ½ cups milk , (2% or whole preferred)
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 3 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded
- 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
➤ Method :
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Shred the rotisserie chicken and set aside.
Thaw the mixed vegetables in a colander or strainer and run it under warm water until the veggies are no longer frozen.
In a mixing bowl, combine shredded cooked chicken, thawed mixed vegetables, minute rice, cream of chicken soup, milk, and all spices.
Add in 1½ cups of shredded cheese and fold in gently.
Transfer to greased 9×13″ baking dish and spread smooth. Sprinkle on remaining 1½ cups of cheese. (see notes)
Bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Serve warm.
➤ Tips and Variations:
To save time, you can use rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own chicken. Simply shred the chicken and add it to the casserole.
You can also use other types of cooked rice, such as brown rice, quinoa, or wild rice, to add some variety to your casserole.
Feel free to add other vegetables to the casserole, such as carrots, peas, or broccoli. Just be sure to chop them finely so they cook evenly.
For a crunchy topping, mix together 1 cup of crushed cornflakes with 1/4 cup melted butter and sprinkle over the casserole before baking.
You can also make this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. Just be sure to add an extra 10-15 minutes to the baking time.
➤ Nutrition Information:
One serving of Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole (based on 8 servings) contains approximately:
Saturated Fat: 13g
While this casserole is not the healthiest option, it can still be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. To make it a bit healthier, you can use low-fat or fat-free sour cream and cheese, or use a homemade cream of mushroom soup that is lower in sodium and preservatives. You can also serve it with a side salad or some steamed vegetables to add some nutrients to your meal.
In conclusion, Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole is a delicious and satisfying meal that is easy to prepare and customize to your liking. Whether you are feeding your family or entertaining guests, this casserole is sure to be a hit. Give it a try and see for yourself!
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