Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Crack Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Jan 4, 2012

Crack Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a roni and cream of chicken soup!



Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a


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Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a



Casseroles are the ultimate comfort food. They remind me so much of my childhood.

Growing up in Minnesota, we often referred to them as hotdish. This term is still popular here in the midwest and means a dish baked in one pan, served hot.

Makes complete sense to me. Let's just keep it simple, right? I'll share some of my favorite hotdish and casserole recipes below, but for now, let's chat about today's recipe.

The name of this recipe is very fitting. Once you take a bite, you'll want more and more.

I invited a friend of mine over for dinner, she loved it and took leftovers home with her. I also brought leftovers to work, and my co-worker went crazy and wanted to go home and make it for her family right away.



Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a


I'm not usually a fan of using cream soups and boxed meals, but sometimes, for comfort foods sake, you just have to use them.

This recipe takes less than an hour from start to finish, making it totally doable for a weeknight dinner, especially if you use leftover rotisserie chicken.

The leftovers are just as good too making it great for lunch throughout the week!

It's so easy to make it different, but still the same simple recipe. We also love trying different flavors of rice a roni instead of chicken. Our current favorite is rice pilaf flavor and pepper jack cheese!

I love that this recipe is affordable too! We buy our rotisserie chicken at Sam's Club, and use it for different recipes all the time.



What readers are saying about this recipe:

  • Stefani- Tasty! I added ranch seasoning and bacon
  • Adriana- Second time making! Gets better every time!
  • Jenni- Third time in two months I have made this heavenly meal! So easy and delicious!
  • Heather- This is YUMMERS!!! We ate it with salad and a delicious glass of white wine!


Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a



Other casserole and hotdish recipes you may like:






You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:

  • any flavor cream soup
  • pepper jack cheese
  • swiss cheese
  • frozen or fresh broccoli
  • cooked turkey
  • peas
  • minced garlic
  • top with French's Onions
  • any flavor rice a roni
  • top with crushed garlic croutons
  • celery
  • corn
  • fresh chopped parsley


Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a



Tips:


  • If you prefer to skip the boxed rice mix, cook white rice in chicken broth to equal three cups cooked rice and use as directed
  • This recipe can be prepped and frozen. Just remove from the freezer, then bake as directed adding additional cooking time,  about 20-30 minutes, or until heated through
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days
  • My carrots were very thinly sliced and cooked properly with the times listed. Some recipe testers had issues with the carrots being cooked through, so they suggested adding them in the last 10 minutes of cooking instead of five



Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a



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Crack Chicken and Rice Casserole

Crack Chicken and Rice Casserole

Yield: 6 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 1- 6.9 ounce box chicken rice a roni or any boxed rice and pasta mix
  • 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1- 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Cook the rice a roni according to package directions, adding the carrots, green pepper and onion in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  3. Stir in the cream soup, sour cream, chicken breast and black pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. Spread the rice mixture evenly in the baking dish. Cover with cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes then serve!

Notes:

My carrots were very thinly sliced and cooked properly with the times listed. Some recipe testers had issues with the carrots being cooked, so they suggested adding them in the last 10 minutes of cooking instead of five.


Dinner doesn't get much better than this delicious comfort food casserole! It's packed with carrots, green pepper and onion and uses easy ingredients like leftover rotisserie chicken, rice a



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37 comments:

  1. I have been making a recipe very similar to this for years, but have never added sour cream, so will definitely be giving this a try.

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    1. I've never done any freezer cooking before, but it seems like it might work! Let me know if you try it! :)

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    2. My boyfriend took some of this to work. It smelled so good, that everyone gathered around to take a bite! They all wanted the recipe. Thank you for this awesome recipe Sheena!

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    3. I'm making it again tonight. May need a double batch for all the coworkers!

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    4. You're SO welcome, Kim! It's been so long since I've made this and kind of forgot about it until you commented! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know :)

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  3. To make healthier, could the sour cream be substituted with Greek yogurt?

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  4. I've made a version of this for 40 years. We call it Shirley's Casserole since my roommate gave it to me. We put crushed potatoes chips on top. We also use only celery and no sour cream. We love it but now I want to try your way and add more veggies. Simple but delicious!

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  5. Do you cook the chicken before hand or raw chicken then bake it?

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  6. My husband is a picky eater and he loves this!! It’s the perfect meal for my family with a side salad!

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  8. Looks delicious! I’m going to try it this week. Thank you for the recipe and taking the time to post! :)

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    1. You're so welcome! We love this and have it at least once a month changing up veggies, cheese and rice a roni to make it different every time! Enjoy!

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  9. Delightful. I used 3 frozen chicken breasts, thawed and cooked in pan for a few mins each side. Then for the fun part. Cut up the chicken in my stoneware casserole dish and went to work on the filling. Using the same pan that I cooked the chicken in, put 3 cups of cooked rice, a ranch seasoning packet, can of cream of mushroom, can of cream of chicken, can of mixed vegetable minus the potatoes(saved them for another dish, to be determined)salt, pepper in a pan and mixed it up. Place that filling on top of my chicken. Layered french fried onions and put in 350 for 30 mins. Then sprinkled cheddar cheese on top and put back in for 15-20 mins for the cheese to brown. Oh my it was a medley of flavor and tender chicken. I'm looking forward to making this again next week.

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  10. Delightful. I used a can of mixed vegetables minus the potatoes, will use those in another dish. Added some french fried onions and cheddar cheese. I can't wait to make it again next week.

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  11. I made this a week ago, and I have been craving it ever since. So, I’m making it again this week. Has anyone substituted the sour cream with cream cheese?

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  12. Can this be made ahead of time, like earlier in the day, and then put in the fridge until ready to go in the oven?

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    1. Yes! Since it's cold, you may need to add an extra 10-15 minutes to the baking time to make sure it's warm all the way through.

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  13. I have made this multiple times and my family loves it! Do you have the nutritional information for this dish?

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    1. I'm sorry, I don't have it available now, but planning on adding all nutritional info to recipes soon. So glad you love it. It's definitely one of our favorites!

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  14. Could you substitute cauliflower rice?

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    1. Yes! You may need to additional herbs, spices or seasonings to add flavor since you won't be using the rice a roni with it's seasoning packet.

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  15. Can minute rice be used? I was thinking of making it using chicken broth instead of water and then adding it in before the oven like you do with the rice a roni

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    1. I have not tried freezing it, but many people have commented on Pinterest that they have. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Can you substitute regular chicken soup instead of creamed?

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    1. I haven't tried it before, but it should still turn out with the same size can.

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  18. Just made this with turkey breast. It's easy and delicious!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I'd love to try it with turkey sometime. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Could you use canned chicken?

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