Chicken and Rice Casserole

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (6-ounce) box long-grain wild rice, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • Pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.

Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined.

Pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

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Great casserole ! I would've liked it as it was written, but I had to modify it quite a bit to satisfy my families tastes. :) I sauteed the onion in butter, then added a small can of mushrooms, the cooked rice and the pre cooked chicken in the skillet. I turned off the heat and then proceeded to add the rest of my ingredients in the same skillet for easy clean up. I substituted corn for the green beans, but only added a 11 oz can. I also substituted the cream of celery for cream of chicken instead. I omitted the pimentos and the water chestnuts. Also I did cut the recipe in half and it was still plenty to add to the 13x9 baking dish. Before putting it in the oven, I added a little bit more shredded cheddar cheese on top of the casserole , and also topped it with seasoned panko. Baked for 20 minutes. The cheese was melted and the panko was slighty crispy. LOVED this casserole ( well my version anyway) ,, so creamy and yummy !! A must try ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For this I left out the pimentos and replace them with mushrooms and my family adored it! Next time I am going to try asparagus instead of green beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love It! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! Made more than a few times. Used cream of mushroom soup and cream of chicken and sub peas for green beans. Great recipe - Thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this looks like a great base dish you just need to add some TLC to! For those of you saying that this is a bad dish because of blandness... I say the opposite! This dish is just a blank slate waiting for you and you're taste buds to take to a whole new level. Cooking would never have come so far without tweaking recipes and new innovative ideas. Its all about perceptive! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good my whole family ate it. I put in bacon and used cream of chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Paula's cookin' but this is bland city; try fresh beans and add a little soy sauce and thai pepper sauce to take this dish East and put some jewelry on this pig. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just love this casserole! The mayo adds a bit of tang and extra flavor. I have also made it with frozen chopped broccoli instead of the green beans and it's just as good! Some reviews said they left out the water chestnuts, but I can't imagine it without that wonderful crunch. I've also at times added sliced mushrooms. This has become one of our favorites! Thank you for sharing, Paula - you are the queen of good taste. (I have used the low fat mayo and it works fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful blend of flavors. I added some ground pepper and sea salt to decrease sodium. I did not have the water chestnuts but if I have them next time it would have made a good crunch. I crushed some saltines on top individual portions and added a litt extra cheese. It was a sinch to make and I am greatful to Paula for sharing her recipes with all of us. Being a mom and even a busy mom and having picky kids that you can sneak stuff in is great. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful dish! For those that rated this below a 4-star, you must have not followed the recipe. I have fixed this casserole many times and each time it came out perfect. I added Fried Onions to the top of the casserole that provided for a crunchy and tasty topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perspective* would make a little bit more sense probably? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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