Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

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Looking for a chicken casserole recipe your kids will actually eat?  This cheesy chicken and rice casserole recipe is simple to make and uses only real ingredients instead of canned soups. 

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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole with Mixed Veggies 

Prepare Chicken and Rice Ahead of Time

 One of the best casserole tips I can give you is to prepare ingredients ahead of time.  On the weekend, make up some rice.  If you are cooking chicken on the grill, throw on a few more pieces and pick them off to store in the fridge.  Easy casseroles are at your fingertips if you do meal prep on the weekends.  

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Best Rice for Your Chicken and Rice Casserole

I typically use white rice for this easy casserole recipe because I am often in a hurry.  Can you substitute brown rice for white rice in a casserole? Yes, you can.  Just leave extra time or cook it on the weekend.  Other mixed rice blends will also work fairly well.  For added flavor and nutrition, cooking rice in stock is also a cook idea.  
 
cooked chicken on cutting board
 

How to Store Cooked Chicken for Casseroles

If you have a rotisserie chicken or any type of cooked chicken, don’t let it sit for more than 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.  Separate leftover chicken into smaller containers or bags, and keep them in the refrigerator or put it in the freezer for longer term storage.  You can also use leftover turkey (Thanksgiving leftovers anyone?) in place of the chicken.  This cheesy chicken and rice casserole recipe uses chicken breast, however, any type of leftover chicken would work. 
 
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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Skip the canned soup chicken casseroles and boxed foods and start with real ingredients.  Actual meat, rice, vegetables and cheese make the basis for this easy casserole and your kids will love it! Make this in a glass casserole dish and it can go right into the fridge if you have leftovers. 

 
Yield: 4 to 6

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Looking for a chicken casserole recipe your kids will actually eat?  This cheesy chicken and rice casserole is simple to make and uses only real ingredients instead of canned soups. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 large chicken breast (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 10 ounces of mixed frozen vegetables
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain low fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup or more of fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions (I use a steamer)
  2. While rice is steaming heat up a large skillet with a little olive oil and cook chicken
  3. When chicken is almost done, throw in diced onions and saute 2 to 3 minutes
  4. Add frozen veggies and cook til heated through (5 minutes?)
  5. Add in rice and mix thoroughly
  6. Add cheddar cheese, mayo and plain yogurt (you can substitute all mayo and skip the yogurt)
  7. Mix well and season with salt and pepper
  8. Throw in parsley at the last minute and mix.
  9. Serves 4 to 6 people

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 274mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 14g
Nutrition information is not always accurate

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for that recipe. It looks really good.
    With four children and a rather busy life, it is always nice to get some new ideas. i have a couple of healthy AND quick to make recipes on my blog too. (Label: Cooking tips)
    Sorry, forgot to say, I'm your newest follower, Kristine from Norway, blogging about my children, family life, photography, literature, art,crafts, travels etc. etc.
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    Take care, and have a wonderful day!
    Kristine

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