I know, I know, Chicken and Rice, really dude? Bear with me, mi amigos. Here I was sitting on the couch thinking about what terribly fancy thing to “more accessible” for my readers when I realized I didn’t want something fancy. I wanted comfort food. Even the most gourmet loving yuppie wants a good old casserole sometimes.
Being known for great casseroles is a sure fire way to get invited to the next group gathering. They are a crowd pleasing, and equally easy to make.
Even if you aren’t making a dish to take to a party, casseroles are a great dinner option. My wife loves when I make casseroles because she gets to take real food to work for the next two days instead of a frozen dinner. Having some tasty casserole dishes in your back pocket will save you the trouble of cooking for two hours after a long day’s work. I sure don’t want to cook Pan Seared Swordfish with a Pineapple Chutney and a Mint Glaze after I’ve been on my feet all day.
The whole point of this blog is to help you make food you actually want to make, so let’s dive right in.
This recipe is a chance to reuse left over rice and/or chicken from the previous night.
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
-9″x13″Casserole Dish (there abouts)-Small Stock Pot
-Mix’n Chop (A favorite tool from Pampered Chef, optional)
-Cutting Board (If you don’t have Mix’n Chop)
-Rice Cooker or Pot
-2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, boiled
-3 cups of cooked rice
-1 Steam Package of Frozen Peas and Carrots
-2 cans of cream of chicken condensed soup
-1 can of milk (used condensed soup can)
-1 medium yellow onion diced (or 1 Tbsp onion powder)
-1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tbsp salt
-black pepper, to taste
-Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
-Dice boiled chicken *pro tip: when boiling chicken add 1 tbsp of salt*
-Microwave steamer package of vegetables according to package
-Combine soup and milk together in mixing bowl
-Combine chicken, soup mixture, rice, veggies, 1 1/2 cups of cheddar, and seasonings in mixing bowl. Mix well
-Pour into casserole dish
-Top with remaining cheddar cheese and crushed Ritz crackers
-Bake at 375 degrees for twenty minutes or until cooking thermometer reaches 145 degrees
-Remove from oven.
Grab your drink of choice and dig in. I chose Shiner Bock because it pairs well with everything.
Leave me a comment to let me know how this recipe worked for you or if you made any awesome tweaks.