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Chicken and Rice Casserole

A delicious recipe for a chicken and rice casserole that doesn't use any canned soup!
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best recipes, casserole, chicken, chicken recipes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Cindy Hopper


  • Large pot
  • Wooden or bamboo spoon
  • Whisk
  • 9" x 13" casserole dish


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 3 ½ cups whole milk don't hesitate to add a bit more once it is cooked if you want it creamier. I will typically add at least 1/2 cup more especially if I know I am freezing it
  • 1 ½ cups long-grain rice uncooked
  • 3 cups cooked chicken cubed (I use chicken from 1 Rotisserie Chicken)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 sleeve Ritz style crackers finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat and cook onions until translucent.
  • Add garlic, seasoned salt, pepper.
  • Add flour and mix well. Cook until starting to color.
  • Stir milk and stock into flour mixture. Turn heat to medium-high and continue to whisk as the mixture comes to a simmer.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Add rice and lower heat to medium-low.
  • Cook until the rice absorbs most of the liquid and is tender, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add chicken to the rice and sauce mixture and mix well.
  • Pour mixture into a 9 x 13-inch casserole, or two 8x8 inch casseroles.
  • Combine cracker crumbs and cheeses and sprinkle evenly over top of the casserole.
  • Place in a hot oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until topping is browned and casserole is bubbling.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1094mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 1mg