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Chicken and Rice Casserole

Everyone loves this dish—I consider it the best chicken and rice casserole recipe because it's a tasty combination of hearty and crunchy ingredients mixed in a creamy sauce. It's a time-tested classic. —Myrtle Matthews, Marietta, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked white rice or a combination of wild and white rice
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips
  • Paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, combine first 7 ingredients. In a large bowl, combine soups, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt. Pour over chicken mixture and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with potato chips and paprika. Bake until heated through, about 1 hour.



Test Kitchen Tips
  • This is a great recipe for using up leftover chicken or even a rotisserie chicken!
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 439 calories, 26g fat (5g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 804mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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    • Nancy
      Jul 21, 2020

      This was totally gross. I find it hard to believe that people even liked it. I took two bites and went an opened a can of soup for dinner. My hubby had 3 bites and went and popped some popcorn. Very dissapointing.

    • Debglass11
      Apr 29, 2020

      Delicious! A great casserole for a potluck or weeknight dinner. I used brown rice and omitted the almonds, simply because I didn't have any on hand. Everything else remained the same. We loved the hint of lemon....next time I might add just a bit more. This dish is creamy and total comfort food. Will definitely make again!

    • Jeanne
      Jan 24, 2020

      Soooo good! Husband loved it!! Very different version of chicken and rice ... Will make that again for our friends that are coming for diner! Don't leave bad reviews if you don't like the ingredients.. I made this per the recipe. I cooked the chicken in my instant pot and seasoned it with chicken bouillon while cooking. I used instant rice and I topped half with chips and half with dried onions. The major change was that I used 2 cans of cream of mushroom instead of the other suggested soups. The peas and the celery just made it! It's a winner!

    • pjcalhoun
      Oct 27, 2019

      Does anyone know how to make this without canned cream of soup? Love the thickness of them, not the salt level. Thanks.

    • susnan
      Aug 1, 2019

      Anyone know how this casserole freezes? Sounds good but it makes too much for my family.

    • Cathie
      May 31, 2019

      No flavor. Should have stuck with the classic cream of mushroom soup combo.

    • Marcia
      Mar 12, 2018

      This was good and it made a ton. I mixed white rice with a combo package of white, brown, and rice wild. About half and half. It gave it more flavor than just white rice. It definitely needed some added seasonings. And it isn't, or at least for me, was not a 15 min prep time. Took at least 20-30 plus clean up time because of quite a few measuring cups, etc. Will make it again.

    • koppkidsmom
      Feb 19, 2017

      Excellent...this is the third recipe that I have made from this website this week, and again a great one!!! Only thing I did different was add some Parmesan cheese. Will be making again!

    • RebeccaSmKev
      Jan 5, 2017

      Great recipe--I had a ton of leftover rice and this was a great way to use it up. It reminded me of a recipe that my mother-in-law made--very 1950s. I am not a fan of cream of celery soup so I substituted fat-free cream of mushroom soup. It was great--my husband loved it.

    • szhenson
      Aug 18, 2016

      family favorite and feeds a hoard, Good too with broccoli vs peas and 1 tsp cumin mixed with soups, whole new taste. I layer mine, chicken, broccoli, rice and spread soup over top. Can't beat this recipe.