casserole with rice and chicken recipe

Chicken and Rice Casserole

5/5 (1)
1 hours 20 mins
Vadim Rachok
On this page:
Recipe Ingredients Video Nutrition
0.0 / 10
Health score
Egg free dishNut Free Dish

There’s nothing quite like a classic recipe straight from your grandma’s recipe box. And if you need proof, just try making Chicken and Rice Casserole – it’s the epitome of comfort food. This affordable, simple, and absolutely irresistible meal will warm you up from the inside out. Learn how to make, store, freeze, and serve this easy chicken and rice casserole with our step-by-step instructions.

Ah, the timeless Chicken and Rice Casserole! A dish that brings back memories of home-cooked meals and family gatherings. This recipe captures the essence of comfort food with its simple yet satisfying combination of tender chicken, fluffy rice, and creamy sauces. It's a dish that not only fills the belly but warms the soul. Prepare to be transported to a place of nostalgia with each delicious bite.

Chicken and Rice Casserole Ingredients

This recipe is packed with flavor but made using inexpensive ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut three boneless chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes for even cooking.
  • Liquid, such as water, is crucial for cooking rice as it needs something to absorb.
  • To make a chicken and rice casserole, you cannot skip the rice as it is one of the essential ingredients. This recipe requires instant white rice, which is cheap and easily available at any grocery store.
  • This Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe uses canned soups to create a rich and creamy texture, including Cream of Chicken Soup, Cream of Celery Soup, and Cream of Mushroom Soup.
  • Spice up Chicken and Rice Casserole with simple seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

casserole with rice and chicken

Doesn’t butter make everything better? “You can use less on top, of course,” says recipe creator Katiefbenham. “My mom and grandma always put the full stick on top (gotta love Southern ladies and their butter!)”

Variations and Substitutions

Chicken and Rice Casserole is a versatile dish that can be customized to your liking. Here are a few ideas to inspire your creativity:

To make things easier, use shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking and cubing chicken breasts.

Adding fresh or frozen broccoli florets can add color and flavor to your dish.

Shredded Cheddar cheese is an inexpensive and easy way to add creaminess. For a spicier option, consider using Pepper Jack.

casseroles with chicken and rice

How to Store Chicken and Rice Casserole

Recommend storing any leftovers in an airtight container and keeping them in the fridge for up to four days. When reheating any dish with rice, ensure it is thoroughly heated. Leftover rice can develop bacteria that cause foodborne illness, even when stored in the fridge.

To keep the rice moist, add a few drops of water. Then, reheat it in the oven or microwave until it reaches a piping hot temperature, or at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure that it has reached the proper temperature, use a food thermometer.

chicken casserole with rice and cheese

How to Freeze Chicken and Rice Casserole

This casserole is perfect for freezing and can be cooked in an aluminum pan. Once done, allow it to cool completely, and then cover it with a layer of storage wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil before storing it in the freezer for up to three months. To thaw, keep it in the fridge overnight, and then reheat it in the oven or microwave as desired.

Chicken and Rice Casserole
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
I grew up with this chicken and rice casserole recipe. My grandmother got it from a lady at church during a potluck many years ago. She passed it down to my mom, and it has always been a family favorite. It's quick and easy to make on school nights, and the leftovers are just as delicious. You can use less butter on top if you prefer - my mom and grandmother always used a full stick (gotta love Southern ladies and their butter!).
casserole with rice and chicken recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
6 servings
Ingredients you will need
3 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
2 cups water
2 cups instant white rice
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of celery soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
salt and ground black pepper to taste
½ cup butter, sliced into pats
Let’s start !

1 Make sure to collect all the necessary ingredients.


2 Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a casserole dish.


3 Combine chicken, rice, cream of chicken, celery, and mushroom soups, water, salt, and pepper in a casserole dish.


4 Spread the butter evenly on top of the chicken mixture.


5 Bake in preheated oven until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, for 1 hour to 75 minutes. Let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 441
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g32%
Saturated Fat 12g61%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 1211mg53%
Total Carbohydrate 37g13%
Dietary Fiber 1g3%
Total Sugars 2g 
Protein 17g 
Vitamin C 0mg1%
Calcium 49mg4%
Iron 4mg21%
Potassium 194mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Watch video
Watch How To Make It

When making Chicken and Rice Casserole, ensure the rice is cooked just right to avoid ending up with a mushy or dry texture. For perfect rice every time, use the recommended amount of liquid and follow the cooking instructions precisely. Additionally, let the casserole rest for a few minutes after baking to allow the flavors to meld together beautifully. This resting period will result in a casserole that is both flavorful and comforting.

Vadim Rachok
Vadim Rachok
Pro tip from chef
Looking for more?
Desserts, Appetizers
30 mins
Vadim Rachok
35 mins
Vadim Rachok
1 hour
Vadim Rachok
30 mins
Vadim Rachok
Side Dishes
35 mins
Vadim Rachok