Creamy Chicken Rice Casserole Recipe

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We love rice, so I serve it at almost every meal. This is a stand-by in our home.—Donna Tyler, Riverdale, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-3/4 hours Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-3/4 hours Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 525 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 1223 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. Place the chicken, water, salt, garlic and thyme in a large kettle or Dutch oven. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, about 1-1/4 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from broth; cool. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and cut meat into chunks. Set aside. Skim fat from broth. Place 3-1/2 cups broth in a bowl (save remaining broth for another use); add chicken and remaining ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until rice is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Rice Casserole in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p44

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Sorry, but we didn't enjoy this. The rice came out quite dry, and there was much too much of it in proportion to the other ingredients. It was pretty onion-y, and I also wasn't crazy about the canned soup taste--it was overwhelming, even though I had added some fresh thyme to the mix. I might try a variation of this, cutting the rice back to 2 1/2 cups or less, and maybe replacing some of the stock with wine for flavor."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2009

"Love this recipe, used without the mushroom soup but still was great. This is a good base recipe to add your own touch."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"I really love this! Perfect flavor and consistency - kids eat it too! Thanks."

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