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Chicken and Rice Casserole

A delicious recipe for a chicken and rice casserole that doesn't use any canned soup!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best recipes, casserole, chicken, chicken recipes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 425 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 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


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat and cook onions until translucent.

  2. Add garlic, seasoned salt, pepper.

  3. Add flour and mix well. Cook until starting to color.

  4. Stir milk and stock into flour mixture. Turn heat to medium-high and continue to whisk as the mixture comes to a simmer.

  5. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  6. Add rice and lower heat to medium-low.

  7. Cook until the rice absorbs most of the liquid and is tender, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.

  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  9. Add chicken to the rice and sauce mixture and mix well.

  10. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13-inch casserole, or two 8x8 inch casseroles.

  11. Combine cracker crumbs and cheeses and sprinkle evenly over top of the casserole.

  12. Place in a hot oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until topping is browned and casserole is bubbling.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 1094mg48%
Potassium 356mg10%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 472IU9%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 267mg27%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.