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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole
  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 1 hr 15 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 455 1 serving

Why should you make Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole?  Because it's cooking magic!  All the ingredients go in uncooked, even the rice.  There's no prep involved- just assemble and bake!  The soup mixture melts into a creamy sauce that not only keeps the chicken moist, but is absorbed into the rice for maximum flavor.  Already creamy and delicious, it's sprinkled with shredded cheese when it's hot from the oven- we like Cheddar but feel free to use your favorite!  In fact, there are lots of ways to customize this Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole- see the tips below for how!

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $8.51

  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup or 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup or Healthy Request® Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, corn, peas) (about 9 ounces)
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (4 small or 2 large cut in half lengthwise for thinner pieces)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)

Instructions

  • Tips

    • Try this Alfredo version! Substitute broccoli florets for the vegetables and substitute 1/4 cup grated Parmesan for the Cheddar cheese. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese with the soup. Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
    • Try this Mexican version! In place of the onion powder use 1 teaspoon chili powder. Substitute Mexican cheese blend for the Cheddar.
    • Try this Italian version! In place of the onion powder use 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed. Substitute 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan for the Cheddar.
    • To make on the stove, increase the rice to 1 cup and the water to 1 1/2 cups.  Brown the chicken in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet.  Remove the chicken and add the soup, water, onion powder and rice to the skillet.  Heat to a boil then reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.  Stir in the vegetables and top with the chicken.  Sprinkle with the cheese, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is done.  Season to taste.
  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 375°F. While the oven is heating, stir the soup, water, rice, onion powder and vegetables in an 11x8x2-inch baking dish.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Top the rice mixture with the chicken.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Cover the baking dish.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 50 minutes or until the chicken is done and the rice is tender.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the cheese.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  Stir the rice mixture and season to taste before serving.

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    Tareva S.
    January 9, 2017

    Do yourself a favor and use instant rice...it will cook much faster! Also I agree with others using additional seasoning...I like Mccormick rotisserie chicken or they have another chicken seasoning. I still use the onion powder and black pepper. I season the chicken before mixing it in then sprinkle addtional seasoning on top of the mixture.

  • With a few tweaks, this rocks

    EvoSeanzie
    November 7, 2015

    I like to add chicken Bouillon cube to the water, or use chicken broth in place of the water.

    I also cut the chicken it's small chunks, and season with Cajun Seasoning for an extra kick! This recipe definitely rocks.

    Extra Cheese, please ;-)

  • Good...

    Melissa L.
    January 28, 2020

    I have to say, this recipe was incredibly easy - that was the biggest pro for this dish. I used raw chicken and uncooked white rice, and everything cooked perfectly in the time and temperature they recommended. I had to add more vegetables - I felt like there wasn't enough (or maybe you could do another veggie side dish to serve with it). On the downside, this dish had very little flavor - I will make it again, but I will definitely be adding more seasoning... With a flavor boost it might reach a 5 star, just for the ease of making it.

  • Rice isn't cooking

    Gabrielle P.
    July 5, 2019

    Still in the oven at the 80 minute mark now and the rice is still crunchy. I didn't read the reviews beforehand. Definitely cook the rice in a rice cooker first or use minute rice. Not sure how long this going to take.

  • BEST MEAL I'VE EVER MADE!

    Mandi W.
    July 20, 2020

    So I found this recipe and changed some things based off what I like and I ended up creating the most delicious meal I've ever cooked. I followed the recipe but added so much more seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and most importantly curry powder! I add all of the seasoning in the rice mixture and on top. Put more than you would think, trust me. I also switched out the water for chicken broth. And finally I switched out the veggie mixture for broccoli. Try it! You won't regret it!

    • Campbell Soup Company
      August 28, 2020

      We just love your creativity with this recipe! Thank you for the great tips. The recipe is a terrific base recipe that you can customize with your own special touches, and we are so happy you were able to create such a great meal!

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    Calories 455
    Total Fat 14 g
    Sat. Fat 4.9 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 94 mg
    Sodium 722 mg
    Total Carb 45 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 31 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 12 %DV
    Iron 9 %DV
    Potassium 13 %DV
    Calories 377
    Total Fat 8 g
    Sat. Fat 3.7 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 88 mg
    Sodium 199 mg
    Total Carb 40 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 30 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 15 %DV
    Iron 8 %DV
    Potassium 13 %DV
    Calories 419
    Total Fat 10 g
    Sat. Fat 4.0 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 91 mg
    Sodium 445 mg
    Total Carb 45 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 31 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 16 %DV
    Iron 9 %DV
    Potassium 13 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.