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Wild Rice Chicken Dinner Recipe
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Wild Rice Chicken Dinner Recipe

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With chicken, green beans and the nice crunch of water chestnuts and almonds, this casserole has everything you need. Using ready-to-serve wild rice makes putting it together a breeze. —Lorraine Hanson, Independence, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8.8 ounces each) ready-to-serve long grain and wild rice
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen French-style green beans, thawed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 jars (4 ounces each) sliced pimientos, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup equals 357 calories, 21 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Directions

  1. Heat rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the green beans, soup, water chestnuts, onion, pimientos, mayonnaise, milk and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and rice; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until chicken is heated through.
  2. Transfer half of the mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with 1/2 cup almonds. Serve immediately. Pour the remaining mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; cool. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (6-8 servings each).
Originally published as Wild Rice Chicken Dinner in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p42

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup equals 357 calories, 21 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

Husband loved this! We will eat it again!

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

This sounded so good but it was just okay. I added a small jar of sliced mushrooms. It isn't easy to heat up and there is no point in doing it in 2 steps. It was quite thick and I don't think the mayo is the right ingredient for this dish. Maybe light sour cream. The 'saucy' part of this recipe should be mixed before adding all the other stuff to make it easier to blend. I would omit the water chestnuts or coarsely chop next time.

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

We call this dish Chicken Spectacular. I have been cooking this recipe for years and my family loves it. I add mushrooms and I sprinkle Cheddar Cheese on the top approx 15 min before it is done just so the cheese can melt and brown. You can also add the Fried onions rings on the top of the casserole if you like.

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

This recipe is easy and delicious! Everyone that tries it likes it and wants the recipe. It is comfort food with lots of flavor.

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Reviewed May. 9, 2013

1st time to try so i halved the recipe b/c there's only 3 of us and i didn't want too many left overs. my guys gobbled it up but said "it's nothing special". i liked it but thought it needed something else. i ate it w/tortilla chips instead of using sliced almonds. i don't like pimientos but used them anyway - VERY GOOD FLAVORS, will try it again w/some changes. i went easy on the mayo but added some sour cream (2 TBL) thanks for the recipe!

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