Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Every home cook needs a deliciously cozy casserole recipe and this Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole takes the prize!
A combination of wild rice, mushrooms, and chicken is baked in a quick, creamy, cheesy sauce for a dish everyone will love!
I have partnered with Reynolds Wrap® to bring you this delicious chicken casserole recipe.
Time Saving Tips
A budget friendly crowd-pleaser, this recipe is very versatile!
- The shortcut sauce requires no roux or slurry making it quick to stir together.
- To save cleanup time, line the pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil before adding the casserole ingredients. I like using Heavy Duty Foil in this recipe as it’s extra strong and durable.
- Use leftover rice, meat, or veggies!
Ingredients and Variations
RICE: Wild rice mixtures can vary in both the types of rice in the mixture and the cooking time. For this reason, the rice is pre-cooked to ensure a perfect casserole every time.
CHICKEN: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are quickly browned before adding to the mixture. If you have leftover rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breasts (or shredded chicken), those can be used too.
MUSHROOMS: We love the savory earthy flavor mushrooms add, we prefer brown or cremini mushrooms in this recipe. Mushrooms can be replaced with steamed broccoli.
SAUCE: The sauce in this recipe is simple and just needs to be stirred together. So easy! Swap out the cheddar for swiss or your own favorite cheese.
How to Make Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
- Saute onions & mushrooms. Add the rice and cook according to package directions.
- While the rice is cooking, brown the chicken breasts.
- Combine rice, sauce ingredients, and chicken in the prepared pan.
- Cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil and bake.
It is important that this casserole rests for at least 10 minutes before serving to thicken.
Cooking Tip: Covering the casserole with foil as it bakes helps it cook a bit faster and more evenly and keeps the top from drying out.
To Make Ahead of Time
Chicken and wild rice casserole is easy to make ahead!
Prepare the casserole up to 24 hours in advance, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. Set the casserole out while the oven preheats.
A casserole from the fridge is chilled throughout and will need extra time to cook. Keep it covered with foil while it bakes.
To Make This a Freezer Meal
This wild rice casserole freezes perfectly. Line the casserole dish with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
Assemble the casserole and cover tightly with the foil. Freeze casserole and then lift it from the casserole dish and wrap the casserole tightly with the heavy duty foil to help keep it safe from freezer burn.
To bake, remove the casserole from the freezer and place it back into the casserole dish. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake as directed below adding 15 minutes to the cook time.
What to Serve With Chicken Casserole
- Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- To reheat on the stovetop, simply stir in a little milk.
- To reheat in the oven, bake at 350°F for about 18-22 minutes (depending on the quantity leftover).
- Freeze as directed above.
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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Chicken & wild rice casserole is a creamy & cheesy casserole that everyone loves.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9×13 qt baking dish with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
Cook onion and mushrooms in a small saucepan over over medium heat until slightly softened.
Add rice to the saucepan along with the water required on the package and cook according to package directions.
While the rice is cooking, toss chicken with basil, thyme, and salt & pepper to taste. Brown chicken over medium heat until all sides are browned and chicken is almost cooked through.
Add mushroom soup, sour cream, chicken broth, and cheddar cheese to the chicken/mushroom mixture. Toss well to combine.
Spread into the prepared pan and cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil. Bake 20 minutes.
Remove foil and top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
Rest 10 minutes before serving.
This casserole must rest 10 minutes before serving to thicken up.
Some brands of wild rice mixture come with a separate seasoning packet. This adds both flavor and salt to the dish. It can be used or left out based on personal preference.
Wild rice can be substituted for any kind of cooked rice.
Calories: 299, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 496mg, Potassium: 755mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 428IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 279mg, Iron: 1mg
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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Course Casserole, Chicken, Dinner, Main Course