Chicken & Rice Casserole

Chicken & Rice Casserole
Makes:
6
servings
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
60
minutes
based on 560 reviews
106

Dietary Considerations:

Low Sodium
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.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

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.


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Chicken & Rice

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Patricia Crowder from TX

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.

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    Dinner

    Amy Gold from CA

    Little bit runny, but taste great

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    Best

    Khomotso Seerane from Hoedspruit,Limpopo

    best for supper with family when weather is cold.

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    BLAND

    Laura Goodwin from ATX

    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.

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    home cook

    Patricia Gillian from Prattville, Alabama

    love it - very good and easy to prepare.

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    Delicious!

    GINA DIVITO from Winfield, IL

    This is delicious! A great family-pleaser!

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    A family Favorite

    Karla Lang from ,

    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.

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    Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Eileen Koenig from

    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

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    Chicken & Rice

    Patricia Crowder from TX

    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.

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    chicken and rice

    Angie Goodman from Everett, WA

    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

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    Family split

    Melody Adams from Lakewood, WA

    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.

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    easy

    linda pena from Pasadena, TX

    I love this receipe and I always cook it for my family

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    chicken and rice casserole

    Kimberlee Shane from Berea, OH

    Very good! Kids and husband loved it!

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    just ok

    LYNN HUGHBANKS from Carbon, IN

    The family didnt really like this. It seemed bland, like it was missing something.

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    Great supper!

    Jan Wilkins from Blytheville, AR

    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.

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    Needs a KICK

    Heather Richard from Virginia

    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.

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    great

    Kimberly Napier from LIMA, OH

    this was a great and easy recipe. comfort food

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    Great!

    Wendy McCoy from WINDSOR, CO

    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.

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    Eh....

    Krys from Springdale, AR

    This is ok, but needs some zip... some ham... something. I thought it needed some more flavor. It was also very dry....

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    Interesting Recipe

    Cynthia Dutil from Augusta, ME

    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.

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    chicken & rice casserole

    Sheila Koerselman from Sioux Falls, SD

    My daughter doesnt like rice but the rest of my family loves it. She loved the dish and even had seconds

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    Great

    Shana from Laramie, WY

    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!

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    OMG! Protein/flavorful like crazy

    Dirty Kneez Nursery from Biloxi, MS.

    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'! Regards, Michelle Preston Dirty Kneez Nursery- (228) 861-6862 Trees, flowers, plants, bulbs, and seeds. http://www.freewebs.com/dk_nursery/ http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=38759449

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    awesome

    KARLA BROWN from CLINTON, ME

    I put small pieces of ham with the chicken family loves it

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    Very Dry

    Chris from

    This was missing something very bland and dry. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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    Perfect!

    Lou from Michigan

    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.

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    Delicious

    DENISE JONES from CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

    I added mushrooms and it came out wonderful. This recipe is definitely a family favorite!

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    pleasantly surprised

    lynn mullens from ROYAL, AR

    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

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    chicken casserole

    Laura Stover from COLUMBUS, OH

    it was so easy and my family loved it

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    Easy, and Quite Good!

    Anne Bailey from SULLIVAN, ME

    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!!

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    New Twist

    MARY TUNNELL from ODESSA, MO

    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.

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    TRY OUT

    WASEELA SHAIKH from DURBAN, NM

    HI I WIL LIKE TO TRY THIS RECIPE , BUT WHAT IS cilantro AND CAN I USE AN ALTERNATIVE , SINCE I ONLY USE HALAAL STUF

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    Recipe for growth!

    Jay McMullen from STUART, FL

    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.

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    New and different and YUMMY!

    Amy Beck from LEHI, UT

    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!

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    Chicken & Rice Casserole - WOW!

    Doris Budnick from HOUSTON, TX

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Great!

    Amie Martien from Amelia, OH

    This recipe turned out great. The whole family loved it. Thanks!

  •  Star(s)

    pretty good

    Kimberlee Culbertson from NAMPA, ID

    My family enjoyed it. It was pretty good but nothing to rave about.

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    OK Chicken & Rice

    Irene O'Brien from ANCHORAGE, AK

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Very easy and good

    Carla Hughes from SIMI VALLEY, CA

    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

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    A bit dry

    KARI BROWN from GARNER, IA

    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.

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    Chicken & Rice Casserole

    Sandra Lindley from San Jose, CA

    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

  •  Star(s)

    My family loves this meal!

    Brandy from Keller, TX

    This meal is definitely one of my favorites. It is easy to prepare and always a hit with my family! We love it!

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    Cheesy Rise

    joan pond from NEW MILFORD, CT

    Love the combo of ingredients.

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    1st time for everything!

    Justina Clark from ROCKDALE, TX

    So I finally got up and made this, There was not enough to go around! It was great I recommend this to anyone!!!!

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    Yum!

    Amy Crawford from SAN JOSE, CA

    I have switched this around with basil and mozzarella (with the chicken) and it is really good!

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    Fast and East

    June McGreevy from SANTEE, CA

    This was great for a brunch potluck.

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    Great weekday meat

    LYNN MCGEE from HUBERT, NC

    This recipe was so good and easy. I made it in no time after work, and we all enjoyed the taste of it.

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    Easy dish

    Fay McKeehan from O BRIEN, FL

    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.

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    Easy and Fast

    Heather Hayes from Colorado Springs, Co

    Kids and adults enjoy this easy meal. I substituted a small can of green chilis for the jalepenos .

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    GREAT CHICKEN DISH!!

    Debbie Teague from TAYLORSVILLE, NC

    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.

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    Good addition to recipe box

    Rosanne Morrison from ROCKFORD, IL

    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

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 420
  • Calories from Fat: 200
  • Total Fat: 22g (34% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 14g (68% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 165mg (55% of DV)
  • Sodium: 340mg (14% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 25g (8% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (2% of DV)
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Vitamin A: 10% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 2% of DV
  • Calcium: 45% of DV
  • Iron: 10% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Chicken & Rice Casserole

Ingredients

  • 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)

 

Directions

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.

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