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


  • 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 cups: 357 calories, 21g fat (3g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 491mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein.


  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 13x9-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

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Melissa_in_NJ User ID: 3330930 267512
Reviewed May. 30, 2017

"This was bland the first time and did NOT freeze well, especially the water chestnuts. Don't even THINK about freezing with the almonds, that won't work. It needs flavor, like some cayenne pepper or something. I have no idea why everyone thinks it's so flavorful -- celery soup and mayo? Not sure what I was thinking."

mrsgreenjeens User ID: 7207135 208852
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"my hubby, who is extremely picky, really liked this dish. Will definitely be making it again. I used leftover turkey rather than chicken, but in future would use whichever I have on hand. We discussed next time perhaps using a large red pepper or two rather than pimentos, since, oddly, we couldn't really taste the pimentos. Still a great tasting, very easy to make dish! Oh, another thing, we are Miracle Whip people, but for this dish I did use Mayonnaise, and we did NOT find it overpowering at all. I wonder if the folks who thought the taste was too strong were using Miracle Whip?"

lmaniscalco User ID: 7600891 125447
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"Husband loved this! We will eat it again!"

HBcook User ID: 2966570 165077
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."

littleav8r User ID: 7512752 165053
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."

peapiesmom User ID: 3788420 95414
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."

motomom706 User ID: 7257472 208851
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!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 151830
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"Super good!"

Shessnottthere User ID: 7167148 208850
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Very filling and tastes pretty great! I am looking forward to trying it again and making personal tweaks. :)"

DonnaTMann1 User ID: 1635451 166777
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"Great recipe and should be enjoyed throughout the year!"

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