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 !
    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.
    Love It!
    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!!
    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!
    Perspective* would make a little bit more sense probably?
    Pretty good my whole family ate it. I put in bacon and used cream of chicken.  
    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.
    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. 
    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.
    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.
    this was disgusting! This is something to make when you've just given up on yourself. It tasted like one bad casserole. ew.
    This dish was just okay. Added a teaspoon of curry and topped with french fried onions as suggested by another reviewer otherwise the dish would have been very bland. I will not make this dish again.
    It was good at first but the more we ate the taste got a lil more strange. Not making again. 
    This is an excellent dish! I doubled the recipe because of the size of my family and it worked very well. I used Oscan Mayer "Deli Fresh" grilled chicken breast which comes precooked and ready for use (97% fat free. I followed the recipe to the letter. I served this with garlic bread and a salad. Delicish!
    Delicious!!! You can easily double the rice and stretch it further!
    made this for the first time!. i did not use the jar pimentos and the water chestnuts and the casserole still tasted fantastic!..i will be making this more oftern : thanks paula you are a genious!
    I added tony chacheres and left out the water chestnuts and used miracle whip, family loves this dish.
    this recipe was delicious! My family loved it, including my picky 19month old son. I cut the green beans up it small bite size pieces and also saved some of the cheese and sprinkled it over the top of the mixture before putting it in the oven. *delicious*
    Very good and easy recipe. I use chicken that I have marinated in italian dressing and then grilled. It gives this dish a great smokey flavor.
    I thought this was really good, but made some changes. Used cream of chicken instead of cream of celery, halved the mayo, omitted the water chestnuts and pimientos, and added french fried onions on top before putting in the oven. Turned out really good.
    I read many reviews and made the following changes: 
    1 tablespoon mayo 
    4 ounces sour cream 
    2 tablespoons diced water chestnuts 
    2 tablespoons pimentos 
    Organic mushroom soup instead of celery soup 
    Fresh green beans cooked in chicken broth for an hour 
    Uncle Ben's Rice Pilaf mixed with Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild (didn't use it all  
    I used a whole lemon pepper rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I cooked the green beans and de-boned the chicken the day before. I used exactly a cup of grated cheddar mixed in, and then lightly sprinkled just a little more on the top.  
    The taste is AWESOME! Do not overdo the cheese. A lot of the taste comes from the flavor packs that come with the Uncle Ben's rice, which is why I diluted the UB's Long Grain and WIld flavor with a package of UB's Rice Pilaf and its flavor pack. I did not add any butter to the rice, and I used spray canola to grease the casserole dish.  
    My husband, who doesn't like chicken, loves this casserole. I make it with a rotisserie chicken, double the cheese, and I substitute cream of chicken for cream of celery. I also omit the pimientos. It's definitely not health food, but it's a good winter meal.
    I don't like mayonnaise or cream of celery soup so instead I subbed sour cream for mayonnaise, cream of chicken for cream of celery and broccoli for green beans. LOL! Yeah I almost completely changed it but trust me it's a good shell of a recipe it just needed some tweaking.
    I LOVED how quick and easy this was to make! Also great to make and bring to someone. Thought it could use a little more crunch though...I'm thinking of adding crushed corn flakes to the top next time. Also, making it with light mayo and 98% fat free condensed soup, it isn't half bad for you!
    This Was Easy, & Tastes Great.
    A real winner! I grilled 3 chicken breasts with plenty of salt and pepper until almost done, and cubed. I used a 1 poumd bag of frozed french-cut green beans, cooked, roasted red peppers, a lot of cayenne pepper (our family likes it spicy and cheese on the top when baking.
     We had guests over and served this with a salad and garlic bread.
     I will be making this recipe again!
    I gave this recipe 2 stars only because it was edible. I didn't like it at all. I cooked it exactly as the recipe said, but just did not think the flavors mixed well together.
    This is soo good! Simple and easy comfort food. The entire family loves it!
    VERY GOOD dinner I made it for the first time and instead of mayo i used cream of mushroom and I used cream of chicken soup instead of cream of celery since i read the reviews and people were saying it was bland. I also seasoned chicken and cooked it in grape seed oil and I used broccoli instead of green beans. I used a jar of roasted re peppers because pimentos were expensive. It made a lot and everybody liked it even my incredibly picky 15 yr old son who only likes steak and spaghetti! I will make this again and again!
    Ok...I have some revisions, to make on my need for more mayo, because the extra chz which has oil too,is enough. Also make sure your green beans and rice and chicken are well dried. Add season salt to chicken.
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