Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole

50 reviews / 4.3 average

Forgotten Chicken. Remember that?

That was not a joke. Forgotten chicken is a real thing and I’m asking you if you seriously remember it. I don’t, but Bjork does. And he mentioned it the other day, how much he ironically remembered and loved and missed having Forgotten Chicken as a kid.

I thought I should do a nice wife thing and make it for him. It was also a nice self thing:

  1. There was enough for every meal all week. NO MORE COOKING! I mean, woops. I mostly do like to cook.
  2. It forced me to make my own homemade condensed cream of chicken soup, which was easy and wonderful and I’ll do it again, possibly forever.
  3. It was so customizable. I could have even added vegetables. Could. Have.
  4. It was intensely cozy and comforting.
Chicken and rice casserole in a baking dish.

Raw chicken shot? Doin’ it.

And now you know how to do the complex step of laying the chicken breasts over the rice mixture and lightly sprinkling them with your favorite seasoning, preferably southwest hickory or chipotle flavored. Like I said, com-plex.

Chicken and rice casserole in a baking dish with a wooden spoon.

One thing to know. This yummy chicken and rice casserole needs to bake for a loooong time.

That’s sort of sad if you live in the Philippines, but really happy if you live anywhere else. Except, like, Mexico or something.

It’s worth the wait. Go watch TV. Read a book. Put your feet up and dream about making salted maple pecan pie bars again, for the fifth time this month. As in it’s like, December 5th. And if you DO live in the Philippines or Mexico or any other warm-ish place, just turn your fans to Level Three. You’ll soon be lost in a big bowl of this goodness so don’t even worry about it.

You’re probably wondering if it’s worth venturing into the hot oven around 00:45:00 to remove the foil, even though your face will start dripping off and you will probably burn your hand? Yes, it is. Oh wait, you guys use real potholders instead of dishtowels? SMART.

Anyways, take that foil offa there because the top gets crunchy and browned and crispy when it’s left uncovered. And I’m telling you, I couldn’t love that golden browned crispified top layer more.

Chicken and rice casserole on a plate with a spoon.

And then, like a true casserole lover, smother it with cheese or sour cream or something really bad for you.

No, it doesn’t have to be bad for you.

But actually yes it does, because it’s delicious.

Chicken and rice casserole on a plate with a fork.

I inlcluded the instructions for yesterday’s homemade condensed cream of chicken soup in this recipe, so if you follow these instructions you’ll already be making your own! If you want to use canned cream of chicken soup, there is a note about that in the ingredient list, too.

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chicken and rice casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 90 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This chicken and rice casserole is frequently requested by my husband who grew up calling it “Forgotten Chicken.” Simple and satisfying!


Ingredients

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For the sauce:

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I used 2 cans)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning mix (or 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. parsley)

(You can sub 2 cans of cream of chicken soup for the homemade sauce.)

For the casserole

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked brown rice, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons seasoning mix of your choice for the flavor of the casserole – my favorite was a smoked hickory southwestern seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce: combine the chicken broth and 1/2 cup of the milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the flour and seasonings into the milk until a smooth, thick mixture forms. Pour the flour and milk mixture into the saucepan over low heat and stir continuously, whisking as the mixture simmers. Continue to simmer and stir/whisk until the mixture is smooth and thick, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a 9-inch square baking dish – it really sticks to the sides.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the uncooked rice, condensed soup from step 1, 1 tablespoon seasoning, and water. Pour into prepared dish.
  4. Arrange chicken pieces over the top and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of seasoning.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake for an additional 30-45 minutes or until rice and chicken are cooked through and top is slightly browned. Allow to cool for 15 minutes; shred chicken into small pieces and stir to combine with the rice. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese.

Notes

A few commenters mentioned their rice not cooking all the way through, so you might want to just add a little extra liquid (about 1/2 cup) and keep the pan covered with foil for the entire baking time. Be aware that covering the dish helps it cook faster, while leaving it uncovered gets that nice browned texture on the chicken. I used a combination of both as mentioned.

Add water or milk as you reheat it to bring it bake to its original creaminess. Nutrition information is for 8 servings.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken and rice casserole, chicken casserole, rice casserole, casserole recipe

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Have I made this in the Crockpot yet?  Sadly, no. Only 23 times in the oven.

But it seems like a very wise thing to do.

I’ll keep you posted.

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    Lizabeth K.

    Your writing literally makes me laugh out loud. 🙂 This is a FAVORITE childhood winter meal – I should definitely make it sometime soon.

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    I love comforting casseroles like this one. Yea, they’re not the most healthy, but who cares? They’re delicious, and perfect when you want to feel warm, cozy, and loved. Can’t wait to try this one!

    I can’t imagine Christmas someplace warm. I love the cold weather and snow too much!

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    Monkling

    Any casserole recipe where you don’t have to cook the chicken first is well worth the extra cooking time! (I’m incredibly lazy.)

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine

    Oh yum! I unfortunately do not remember this from childhood either but I WILL remember it from my adulthood 🙂 Totally making this next week.

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Only, should I be worried about putting raw chicken atop dry rice? It seems like the sort of thing Chef Ramsay would yell at you for, though I can’t say why, exactly.

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        Vee

        Well it’s July 22nd and hot as HECK here in FL, but I made this dish tonight! Added broccoli and cheese per the kids request and they LOVED it. 🙂

        Thanks for the recipe!






  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks like the perfect weeknight meal with leftovers! I am always looking for a dish I can make and eat in my lunch at work or on a busy night. I like that it doesn’t use any condensed soup! Delicious.

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    M

    It’s 8:45 in the morning and I am already looking forward to making this for dinner tonight! As long as Target sells brown rice, I’m making this tonight!!!!!! EXCITED!!!!

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    brighteyedbaker

    Oh my gosh Lindsay… this seriously looks amazing! I’m already dreaming of eating it. I have no idea what forgotten chicken is, but I’m so glad you guys remembered it so that this would be created!!

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      Liz

      How did it turn out in the crockpot? I made it once in the oven and loved it, but using a crockpot would definitely make my life a lot easier!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I actually have heard of Forgotten Chicken before, but I’ve never made it. Seems like a good recipe to have on hand for a busy mom like myself. I do not eat chicken, but my kids are huge fans of both chicken and rice, so this would be perfect for them.

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    Sarah Johnston

    I made this last night… So yummy and comforting! As the snow falls, at least about 7 inches so far, it is nice to know we’ll be heating this up! It is actually looking quite like a “winter wonderland” !
    Sarah

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      I heard there was lots of snow coming to MN! I miss it!! Hope you can get out and enjoy it a little bit (and then come in and warm up with something yummy)! By the way, guess what I found at a little store here in Cebu? B.T. Mcelrath Salty Dog Chocolate Bars!!!!!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this for my kids last night, halving the recipe. They ate the entire pan! I used a homemade seasoning blend and canned cream of chicken soup. All three said it was delicious. One added cheese, one added sour cream and one ate it plain. Guess it’s great anyway you choose! Thanks for the super quick and easy, one pan dinner Lindsay. I even mixed the soup and rice in the casserole dish, less to clean up!






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      Elizabeth

      Hi,

      I made it the exact same way you describe (canned soup, mix in casserole dish)….and it tasted delicious, but not all of the rice cooked :(, so it was a bit….crunchy. I even made it again a few weeks later, but the same thing happened. I think the only thing i neglected in the recipe was rinsing the rice…..could that be it? Most of the rice ended up cooked but there was definitely some uncooked pieces in every bite.

      Any suggestions? I’d love to make it again, with fully cooked rice 🙂

      -Elizabeth

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Yes, I would suggest adding more liquid, like another 1/2 cup of water or broth before you start baking it. It does take a really long time to bake, so maybe baking it a little longer to give the rice more time to cook would help. Did you cover it with foil while baking? I would suggest that, too. And I usually do rinse my rice although I’m not sure if that would have made the difference or not. Bottom line: more liquid! 🙂 Good luck!

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        Beth

        Mine usually sticks to the bottom too – I think it’s an oven thing – so I stir mine halfway through making sure to scrape the bottom. There was definitely enough liquid. Great recipe! I love that the “cream of” recipe didn’t call for any butter (mine calls for a stick) so I will be using this for other casseroles to make them more healthy! Thank you!






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    Sharon P

    This sounds RIDICULOUSLY delicious! It’s definitely a recipe I want to try soon. One question though. What other seasonings do you recommend for the casserole? I’m not used to using store bought seasonings… Maybe something with an Asian or creole flair? Or just something spicier?






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        Kathy

        I have never heard of or had ‘Forgotten Chicken’ but your recipe sounds delicious! I like the idea of the casserole seasoning being the recipe you linked to for Homemade Onion Soup Mix. If I use this as the casserole seasoning would you suggest using the entire amount which equals one packet of dry onion soup mix? The Homemade Onion Soup Mix appears to make over 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix.