Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole

Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole – dirty rice loaded with chicken, smoked sausage, and parmesan cheese. SO good and SUPER easy to make! Zatarain’s Dirty Rice, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, parmesan cheese, cooked chicken, smoked sausage, and french fried onions. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. A great dish for your Mardi Gras parties! #cajun #mardigras #casserole #rice #freezermeal #chicken #smokedsausage

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Easy Casserole for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is in full swing. I’ve been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and it is a sight to be seen! SO crazy! I don’t have any plans to head down to the Big Easy this year, so we will be celebrating at home this year with this AMAZING Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole. This casserole is SO good! Dirty rice loaded with chicken, smoked sausage, parmesan cheese, and french fried onions. YUM! We had this for lunch last week and are making it again this weekend. We just love it!

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How to Make Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole with Chicken & Smoked Sausage

This Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole is super easy to make. The base of the recipe is a box of Zatarain’s Dirty Rice. Cook the rice according to the package directions. Once the rice is done, mix in some sour cream, a can of cream of chicken soup, parmesan cheese, chopped chicken and chopped smoked sausage. Top the casserole with some french fried onions and bake. I garnished the casserole with some dried parsley.

Can You Freeze Rice Casserole?

This Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole is a great make-ahead recipe. The rice takes a while to cook, so I like to make this the day before we eat it. I assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for later.

I usually freeze the casserole unbaked, but you can freeze the baked casserole also. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below. To reheat the frozen casserole, thaw completely, cover with foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes, until heated through.

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What to Serve with Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole

This casserole was a HUGE hit at our house. I cannot wait to make this again. I absolutely LOVED all the flavors in this casserole. We served this casserole with some green beans. We finished the meal off with some King Cake! YUM! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this delicious casserole:

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Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cajun Dirty Rice Casserole – dirty rice loaded with chicken, smoked sausage, and parmesan cheese. SO good and SUPER easy to make! Zatarain’s Dirty Rice, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, parmesan cheese, cooked chicken, smoked sausage, and french fried onions. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. A great dish for your Mardi Gras parties! #cajun #mardigras #casserole #rice #freezermeal #chicken #smokedsausage

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz) box Zatarain’s Dirty Rice
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 (2.8-oz) can French fried onions

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, cook smoked sausage until starting to brown. Add dirty rice mix and water called for on the package. Prepare dirty rice according to package directions.
  • Remove dirty rice and sausage from heat. Stir in cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and parmesan cheese.
  • Spread rice mixture into prepared baking dish. Top casserole with onions.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes:

Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.
Can use turkey smoked sausage.

Steph

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