Easy, Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

When the winter winds start to blow and bring chilling rain or mountains of snow, you’ll love this easy-to-make dish that not only warms the house as it bakes but will warm your insides and lift your spirits.

Chicken and rice casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole
Chicken and Rice Casserole

If you love baked mac and cheese but always have to add side dishes to make it a complete meal, you’ll adore this recipe.

It’s an all in one dish that’s a step away from the mundane and my family thinks it’s even better than mac n’ cheese—which amazed me because they absolutely love it.

chicken rice casserole

You can make some substitutions with the vegetables, the ones in the recipe make the combination my family loves. I’ve tried it with cauliflower as one of the veggies to replace the broccoli, but it simply didn’t look as appetizing or taste as good.

Since I’m a stickler on appearance and color, I really like the combo of two colors of green from vegetables, the orange of the carrots, white of the rice and yellow and brown from the cheese.

chicken and rice casserole

baked chicken and rice

It just looks more appetizing and you don’t have to serve a side salad if you don’t want to do it.

When you’re on a budget, this dish gives you a two-fer. You not only get an easy-to-make dinner, but you also warm your home at the same time. I try to do all baking and roasting in the winter—even though sometimes I can’t help but make a baked dish in the summer months.

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It keeps the house warm and welcoming with the scent of baked foods in the air. Baked rice dishes have become extremely popular.

cheesy chicken and rice casserole

In fact, in many of the larger cities where Asian restaurants abound, you’ll find a baked cheesy rice dish in every one of them. They’re also becoming more popular in more upscale non-Asian establishments as an alternative meal that’s also a great comfort food.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian, Asian, American

Nothing is more comforting than digging into this cheesy chicken and rice casserole in a cold, chilly weather.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Ingredients

1 hour, 20 minutes
8
452.0 kcal
  1. 2 cups uncooked rice
  2. 1 can (14.5 oz) Chicken Broth
  3. 1/2 cup of Shiitake mushroom soaked water
  4. 1 lb chicken Fillet (cubes)
  5. 2 tbsp olive oil
  6. 4 cloves of minced garlic
  7. 12 pcs dried Shiitake mushrooms (soaked 5 hours or overnight)
  8. 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (sweet pea, green beans, corn & carrots)
  9. 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper
  10. 1 tsp garlic powder
  11. 1 tsp Adobo seasoning
  12. 2 cans Cream of Mushroom
  13. 1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
  14. 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

Prep
10 minutes
Cook
1 hour, 10 minutes
Ready in
1 hour, 20 minutes
  1. Preheat oven at 400 F.
  2. Rinse and drained the uncooked rice. Set aside for later use.
  3. In a saucepan, add the olive oil. Once the saucepan is heated, add garlic, then the mixed vegetables and bell pepper.
  4. Followed by sliced Shiitake mushroom then the chicken pieces. Stir-fry over medium-low heat until the chicken is semi-cooked with a white surface.
  5. Add the washed uncooked rice and continue frying and tossing. Season the mixture with garlic powder and adobo seasoning. Making sure that the mixture is well-stirred.
  6. Transfer the fried rice into a rice cooker and add the chicken broth and the Shiitake mushroom soaked water to cook the rice.
  7. Once the rice is cooked, portion the content into your casserole dishes or baking pan (I made this into 2 dish pan).
  8. Pour 1 can Cream of Mushroom (or Cream of Chicken) over the top of the rice. Spread the sauce evenly across the surface.
  9. Top the sauce with a layer of shredded Mexican Blend Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese.
  10. Bake in the oven for 10 -15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and give a golden brown crust at the top of the baked rice. Serve hot.

Nutrition information

Calories per serving: 452.0 kcal
Fat per serving: 19.2 g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.88 g
Carbs per serving: 49.85 g
Protein per serving: 18.97 g
Fiber per serving: 1.63 g
Sugar per serving: 0.93 g
Sodium per serving: 722.31 mg
Trans fat per serving: 0.05 g
Cholesterol per serving: 55.4 mg
Nutrition label for Chicken and Rice Casserole
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11 thoughts on “Easy, Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole”

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  2. Yummy! I love a good casserole and cannot wait to give this a try! All those mushrooms and peppers sound so good!

  3. Yum, this looks tasty! And I totally hear you about being a stickler on color – I joke that I don’t really like serving monochromatic meals – except it’s not really a joke. 😉 Those peppers are just the thing!

  4. Oh my gosh, I’ve been dreaming about baked mac and cheese for ages! This casserole looks so cozy and comforting! The photo of that spoonful is just irresistible!

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