Chicken and Rice Casserole makes a classic comforting dish. Made of chicken and rice cooked in a creamy, flavorful casserole, this is a family favorite!

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe - Chicken and Rice Casserole makes a classic comforting dish. Made of chicken and rice cooked in a creamy, flavorful casserole, this is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

Growing up, there were certain dishes that we could depend on having in the way of comfort food: chicken and dumplings when it was cold or rainy, chicken soup when we didn’t feel well, and chicken and rice casserole to carry to friends and neighbors when they needed a meal to celebrate the birth of a child or mourn the loss of a loved one and everything in between, it seems.

It is a comfort food classic in my family, and most likely in many others as well.

There are so many variations of this casserole dish, probably every family has their own version and then changes within the family as well. For my family, this flavorful version always hit the spot! 

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

For my chicken and rice casserole, I like to use tender chicken that I’ve cooked low and slow either in the slow cooker or on the stove. You could easily use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or a roasted chicken that you’ve made yourself. Either would work just fine. I also use my homemade cream of chicken soup, but again, for convenience, you could certainly use canned soup, if you like.

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Make-Ahead Instructions

This recipe makes a wonderful freezer or make-ahead meal.

You can simply combine everything, cover it tightly, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days in advance of baking or for longer in the freezer. I recommend allowing it to come to room temperature before baking or adjusting the length of baking time.

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe - Chicken and Rice Casserole makes a classic comforting dish. Made of chicken and rice cooked in a creamy, flavorful casserole, this is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family always does!

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Chicken and Rice Casserole makes a classic comforting dish. Made of chicken and rice cooked in a creamy, flavorful casserole, this is a family favorite!
4.91 from 30 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 8
Course Main Course
Calories: 183kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups homemade cream of chicken soup optional or 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup and 1 can condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Spray 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until casserole is lightly browned.

Notes

Due to requests for the original recipe:
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 medium onion, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 recipe homemade cream of chicken soup
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425º F. Spray 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add onion, celery, and garlic and saute until onion is tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to chicken, cream of chicken soup, chicken stock, rice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and over with foil.
Bake covered for 30-35 minutes or until the rice is tender. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 133mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe - Chicken and Rice Casserole makes a classic comforting dish. Made of chicken and rice cooked in a creamy, flavorful casserole, this is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally posted 2011.

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  1. I have to say this is one of the easiest chicken recipes ever, like just after some glances, we’re done and wait for a tasty creamy chicken rice casserole! I often cook this whenever I’m busy with my working. – Natalie

    1. Mary,
      I would not use Minute Rice to make this. As instructed in the recipe, just bake 30 to 35 minutes or til the long grain rice is tender. I have always found that the rice is perfectly tender when baked 30 to 35 minutes. Hope this helps!

  2. Question, is the rice to be cooked in advance?

    In the recipe is says cooked, but then in the comments someone says can they use instant bc they don’t think the rice will cook… The response is to cook til tender.

    I have never made a chicken and rice with already cooked rice…. So now I’m wondering if I need to add more baking time for mine as I didn’t add cooked rice?? Oye!!

    1. Hi Abbi,
      The rice is cooked in the current recipe but was uncooked in the original recipe that is included in the Notes section. I have never had a problem with the uncooked rice being thoroughly cooked in the casserole but some people were. I don’t recommend using instant rice in this recipe. Hope you enjoyed the casserole. Thanks!

    1. I used minute rice already cooked. Took out the celery items added a dash of garlic power. It’s a bit mushy but my 7 year old loved it so much he said he wants to have it every night.

      1. The reason I didn’t recommend making this with instant rice was can be sometimes a little mushy. But, it looks like your 7 year old knows better than me what is good! Ha! Thanks, Audria!

  3. Loved this recipe! Made it last night. Delicious! Was cold out and was a great comfort meal. Very easy to. Used a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken from Publix. I will definitely be making this one again. A keeper! Thanks!

  4. I made this tonight for dinner (The original recipe) and it was SO GOOD! My 8 year old loved it so much that she asked to take it to school for lunch tomorrow and said she would eat it cold!! My boyfriend, who does not care for onions one bit ate it and enjoyed it also. Thank you so much for sharing this one!

  5. So glad I found this recipe. This is the very recipe my mom use to make when I was younger & she gave the recipe to me.
    I myself have made this casserole many times thru the years but haven’t made it in quite some time. I lost the recipe & tho I mostly remembered what went into making this dish, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaving anything out.
    Then I found your recipe thankfully!!!
    This is one of my favorite chicken casserole dishes to make & it tastes so good …especially on a cold, rainy winter day.

    1. I’m so glad you found this recipe, Delilah. I love how recipes our moms made when we were young bring back such memories when we make them now. This was one of my favorite recipes my mom made when I was growing up.

  6. I lost my Mom’s recipe and yours looked similar. I did add broccoli, water chestnuts (for crunch), fresh parsley and a crushed corn flakes/butter topping. WOW!! Reminded me of Mom’s casserole. Thank you for your recipe.

  7. My first attempt with already cooked chicken breast and cooked rice ( long grain white) didn’t have mayonnaise or Greek yogurt! So trying sour cream. Added chicken broth while mixing to keep it from being dry. Also added cup of cheese. Looks and smells amazing. Will see how it tastes. It is oven and in Gods hand. For a friend that lost her younger sister to an unexpected heart attack. Thank you for this recipe.

  8. I haven’t tried your recipe yet, but of all the ones I’ve seen so far this looks like the one I grew up eating. I remember my dad would put crushed corn flakes mixed with melted butter that added a nice crunch. I will make it when I go pick up my mom next week! Thanks for sharing

  9. Robyn- I made this casserole (original recipe) the other night and all I can say is “Wow!” It was very tasty, easy to make and the results were amazing! Even better the next day! I followed your instructions to the letter!
    The only comment I have is that the celery was a tad stiff. I did saute the celery, onions, and garlic together, even cooking them longer than 5 minutes (about 8 minutes). Next time I will perhaps cook the celery separately for a bit, then saute all three together, that should soften it up enough.
    Otherwise, a keeper in our house! I used rotisserie chicken which made it even better! Thank you for an EXCELLENT recipe!

    1. Thanks, Mike. One of the things I like about this recipe is you can saute the vegetables to the level of softness you wish or not saute at all. So glad you liked it.

  10. Hey Robyn,
    I plan to try this recipe tonight. Quick question: In the original recipe above, it says “1 recipe homemade cream of chicken soup”. Does that indicate 4 cups of the homemade soup? And, if I wanted to substitute canned soup, what quantity would you recommend in the original recipe?
    Thanks,
    Chad

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