Satisfy hearty appetites with this comforting recipe. Baked to golden brown perfection, this rich and flavorful Chicken and Rice Casserole is one of the most popular meals and is sure to become a family favorite. Prepare in advance and store in the freezer for an easy weeknight dinner.
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 1/2 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast meat
- 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
- 1 tablespoon diced jalapeños (optional)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole dish.
COMBINE rice, cheese, chicken, evaporated milk, onion, eggs, cilantro, butter and jalapeños in prepared dish; stir well.
BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
FOR FREEZE AHEAD:
PREPARE as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Uncover. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Review This Recipe
Little bit runny, but taste great
best for supper with family when weather is cold.
VERY VERY BLAND. Please use chicken broth when you make the rice and GOSH, add salt and pepper!! Consensus with two adults and two kids that it was so plain it was not bad... But just NO taste. My 16yr old said "It has so many ingredients in it, did they just cancel each other out?" I made it EXACTLY per recipe but added salt and pepper. This recipe is not bad, just needs LOTS of flavor, the jalapeno, cilantro, onion and cheese flavors where all "lost." Very Bland.
love it - very good and easy to prepare.
This is delicious! A great family-pleaser!
A family Favorite
I substitute thyme for the cilantro (1/4 teaspoon) and skip the onions. It's as good as Stouffers "Grandma's Bake" and my family loves it.
Chicken and Rice Casserole
I did not enjoy this recipe,but my husband did.The onion was a little crunchy and I didn't like the consistency of the casserole.The cheese seemed to disappear.If I make it again I will grate the onion so it cooks better and sprinkle on extra cheese when I plate it.I would like it better if it were more creamy
Chicken & Rice
This is a wonderful dish. Easy recipe and great taste. I put jalapenos on my husband's portion only. Too hot for the rest of the family.
chicken and rice
We took off the peppers and added cooked bacon to the top. MMM MMM MMM. The best thing about that, is it is great for breakfast the next day
My husband likes the spicy recipe and I don't, but I love it without the peppers and cilantro, so when I make it, I make it first without these and put about 1/3 of it in one pan and then I add the left out ingredients and put the rest in an other pan and cook them both at the same time. That way we both get to enjoy this tasty meal.
I love this receipe and I always cook it for my family
chicken and rice casserole
Very good! Kids and husband loved it!
The family didnt really like this. It seemed bland, like it was missing something.
Hubby is not much on casseroles; however, he did like this & with a side salad, cornbread biscuits, and mixed fruit for dessert it was great.
Needs a KICK
Great recipe, but we gave it a kick with a small can of corn, diced tomatoes, green chiles, and an extra jalepeno with seeds. Also made it more colorful and attractive on the plate.
this was a great and easy recipe. comfort food
This was a great dish! I cut the fat in this dish though because my husband is trying to loose weight. So I used low-fat cheese and egg-beaters. It turned out really great. We love it.
This is ok, but needs some zip... some ham... something. I thought it needed some more flavor. It was also very dry....
I made this recipe yesterday. It was good but a little bland. I will make it again but next time I will make sure that I season my rice and cook the rice in chicken broth.
chicken & rice casserole
My daughter doesnt like rice but the rest of my family loves it. She loved the dish and even had seconds
My husband and I love this dish! The first time I made it I followed the recipe but didn't add the jalapeños. We still liked it but thought it was a little dry, so the next time I made it I added an extra small can of evap milk and cooked my rice in the chicken broth after boiling the chicken. Turned out wonderful and we have this often! Makes great left overs!
OMG! Protein/flavorful like crazy
It sounded great- but, I modified it and added chopped up bacon, ham, and sausage. Then added red and yellow onion. Then I added parmasian and other cheeses (incl. crumbled feta), put a splash of ranch and caesar dressing, and it was a hit! They loved it, AND... my son that decided to bulk up on proteins for soccer said it was a great recipe and asked me to print it for his teams' mothers. Kudos to 'Chicken & Rice Casserole'!
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I put small pieces of ham with the chicken family loves it
This was missing something very bland and dry. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Tried this once and my family loved it! I put on some jalapenos and my 4 yr-old daughter even ate it. I doubled the recipe so we had leftover and it was even more delicious after a day or 2. I'm making this again tonight for the 2nd time.
I added mushrooms and it came out wonderful. This recipe is definitely a family favorite!
my dauhgter doesnt like rice but she got to help make this,then she has to try what she helps cook,this helps her try new foods as she learns.She will now eat rice this way.She says it is very good
it was so easy and my family loved it
Easy, and Quite Good!
I left out the jalapeno (we don't like things too spicy) and the cilanto (no access to fresh herbs here in rural Maine in the winter), and added some dried tarragon instead. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!
I always tweak my recipes. I seasoned the rice, tossed in some red, green and yellow peppers (adds color), used sweet onion and canned chicken. I omitted the jalapenos. Came out perfect and was quick to prepare.
HI I WIL LIKE TO TRY THIS RECIPE , BUT WHAT IS cilantro AND CAN I USE AN ALTERNATIVE , SINCE I ONLY USE HALAAL STUF
Recipe for growth!
worked very well - I added one full-size smoked sausage and one red onion (plus a little extra chicken) had enough left over for lunch on 3 days! Well worth the effort and tasty with some help.
New and different and YUMMY!
My family loved this dish. And it's so easy to make, which is important with a family of 6. I've already made it a part of our dinner menu!
Chicken & Rice Casserole - WOW!
I loved this recipe because the ingredients REALLY give it FLAVOR! You can spice it up or down according to your liking by how much spiciness you like.
This recipe turned out great. The whole family loved it. Thanks!
My family enjoyed it. It was pretty good but nothing to rave about.
OK Chicken & Rice
I liked this Chicken & Rice casserole, but my kids were luke warm about it.
I didn't have left over rice, so to speed things up, I par-boiled the rice & water in a large microwave dish for 5 minutes on high while I cut the chicken, etc.... for the casserole. The rice wasn't done, but it had fluffed up enough to use as directed in the recipie, and still took only 45 minutes of baking time.
Very easy and good
I made this for the first time last week-end. I left out the Jalepenos and cilantro,my family is not big on spicy. It was a big hit with my family. I will make it again
A bit dry
This tasted good and my whole family liked it, but it was pretty dry. The second night when we were eating the leftovers, we added a can of cheese soup over the top and baked for a few minutes. It was a big hit that way.
Chicken & Rice Casserole
Used this for a pot luck dinner. Used Store bought roasted chicken and pepper jack cheese for ease. Added frozen brocolli and seasoned the rice with brooth and spices. Very good and easy
My family loves this meal!
This meal is definitely one of my favorites. It is easy to prepare and always a hit with my family! We love it!
Love the combo of ingredients.
1st time for everything!
So I finally got up and made this, There was not enough to go around! It was great I recommend this to anyone!!!!
I have switched this around with basil and mozzarella (with the chicken) and it is really good!
Fast and East
This was great for a brunch potluck.
Great weekday meat
This recipe was so good and easy. I made it in no time after work, and we all enjoyed the taste of it.
We have a very active family through school activities and sports. This recipe is easy and loved by all. Great flavor, to the point of almost a comfort food for our family. I get request from the kids at least twice a month for this dish.
Easy and Fast
Kids and adults enjoy this easy meal.
I substituted a small can of green chilis for the jalepenos .
GREAT CHICKEN DISH!!
This recipe was so easy and tasted so good!! My husband's not too crazy about chicken & rice dishes, but he really liked this one!! I added brocolli as someone had suggested in a review and I would recommend anyone to add the brocolli. My husband suggested after supper to NEXT time add some corn & I will next time! My almost 21 month old grandson also loved this dish, he ate it all!! I would never have thought to add the evorapted milk and I'll start adding it to other dishes as well!! I'm going to make this dish for a covered dish dinner at church tomorrow.
Good addition to recipe box
We tend to eat more beef and pork so this was a welcome additon to my recipe box. It was easier than I thought it would be. I left out the cilantro as it is flavor I don't care for but it was still excellent