Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole

May 15, 2019
Looking for a main dish casserole the whole family will love?  This Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole's got you covered!  With its creamy deliciousness and how easy it is to make, it's a hit with both kids and grown-ups alike.  Take advantage of a store-made rotisserie chicken to make prep even that much easier!

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Sometimes I struggle to find main dish casseroles our whole family enjoys.  Our 9-year-old daughter is a plain-meat lover, so casseroles can sometimes be a challenge with her.

But me?  Casseroles are my favorite.  Especially the creamy, cheesy comfort-food kind.

Growing up, my Mom made a lot of casseroles for dinner so it just became my favorite way to eat.  I especially loved her Beef Stroganoff Casserole ~ so much so, I would often request it as my birthday dinner.

Our daughter, however, did not get this same love for casseroles as me - much preferring a dinner of plain meat and a vegetable.  The casserole struggle with her is real, my friends.

With its creamy deliciousness and how easy it is to make, it's a hit with both kids and grown-ups alike.

So the other night when I made this Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole for dinner, I placed it on the table with a little trepidation, of course.  Would she like it? Would she just push it around her plate to make it look like she'd eaten it?  Would I get the disgusted face followed by the infamous, "Mommmmmy, I don't like it," whine??

I was hoping not.

Well my friends, I'm happy to report - she liked it!

Yes, this Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole is a casserole I can actually add to our regular dinner rotation.  Which is great ... because it's super easy to make.

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This truly is a pretty simplistic casserole in its make-up - The base is just a simple mix of rice, chicken, and sauteed celery and onion.

It then gets its comfort-food creaminess from cream of chicken soup, a touch of chicken broth, and a little bit of cheese.  Not an over abundance of cheese - just enough to make it extra good.

Take advantage of a store-made rotisserie chicken to make prep even that much easier!

Taking advantage of a store-made rotisserie chicken makes this casserole's prep even that much easier.  Just remove the meat from the chicken and give it a quick chop.

But you can certainly use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, if you'd like.  Just cook those up and chop them into bite-sized pieces.  I recommend seasoning the chicken generously with salt and pepper before cooking since they won't have the rich flavor of a store-made rotisserie chicken.

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Once the casserole base is mixed all together, just spoon it into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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Then top the chicken-rice mixture with some shredded cheese, and bake it all up.

Since all the ingredients are fully cooked and already warm when spooned into the baking pan, the casserole doesn't need a whole ton of time in the oven.

Bake it for about 30 or 40 minutes or so until everything is heated through and it's bubbly around the edges.  I like the cheese to get a little bit puffy on the top, so I usually leave the casserole in the oven closer to the 40 minute mark.  But it's good and ready after just 30 minutes if you want to get it on the table then!

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And there you have it - one Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole the whole family will love.  Pretty quick, pretty easy, and quite tasty, indeed.

Oh, and if you've got leftover turkey around?  This a great way to enjoy those turkey leftovers, too.  Chop the turkey up, and turn this into Creamy Turkey Rice Casserole instead!

Chicken ... turkey ... either way, with its creamy deliciousness and how easy it is to make, it's a hit with both the kids and grown-ups alike.

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Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole
(Print recipe)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and cut into pieces*
  • 1 c. finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped onion
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 chicken flavored bouillon cube
  • 1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 3 c. cooked rice
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • About 1/4 tsp. salt & 1/8 tsp. pepper, or to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Saute the celery and onion until softened, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chicken broth and bouillon cube, breaking the bouillon cube up with a spoon and stirring until dissolved. Stir in the cream of chicken soup.
  3. Add chopped chicken, rice, and 1 ½ cups of the shredded cheese. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top.
  5. Bake at 375℉ for 30-40 minutes until heated through and bubbly along the edges.
* Or, about 1 & 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs, cooked and chopped.  Season the meat with salt and pepper before cooking.  You can substitute about 3 cups chopped leftover cooked turkey, as well.

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  1. I've been craving a good chicken and rice casserole. Can't wait to give this one a try!

  2. This recipe is full of comfort and great flavor! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Can I use boxed chicken flavored rice our would that be too strong of a flavor with the bouillon and soup?

    1. I would leave the bouillon out. Part of the fun in cooking is tweaking recipes to our own taste. Please come back and let us know how it turns out.

  4. How many cups of chicken do you think this is? My mother will not eat dark meat so I am afraid I would have to buy 2 chickens. Also, I have chicken buillon granules. How many teaspoons of granules do you think?


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