Crack Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole

Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole – GREAT weeknight chicken casserole! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds!! Can make ahead and freezer for a quick meal later! Chicken Rice-A-Roni, cooked chicken, bacon, ranch, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, french fried onions. Great flavor and so easy to make! #chicken #chickencasserole #easycasserole #freezermeal

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Chicken & Rice Casserole with Cheddar, Bacon, and Ranch

New favorite alert! This Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole should come with a warning label. It is ridiculously good! Chicken, rice-a-roni, sour cream, cream of chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, and french fried onion. All of my favorites in one dish! We ate this for lunch and had the leftovers for dinner on the same day. We just couldn’t get enough of it! Give this a try the next time you need an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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How to Make Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni

This casserole is super easy to make. Start with preparing a box of Chicken Rice-a-Roni according to the package directions. Combine cooked rice with sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Stir in cooked bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, and cooked chicken. Spread the mixture into a baking dish. Top with french fried onions and bake.

  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Chicken Rice-a-Roni: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-chicken-rice-roni/
  • I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole.
  • Here is our recipe for Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken: https://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for the pork bacon in this recipe.
  • 3/4 cup of cooked chopped bacon is approximately 3/4 of a pound of raw bacon.
  • If you are sensitive to the ranch dressing mix, please adjust the amount to your personal preference.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking the casserole straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place the dish in the freezer and freeze. The casserole will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
scooping chicken and rice casserole from baking dish

What to Serve with Chicken Casserole

We really enjoyed this casserole. It is super easy to make and even easier to eat! We usually serve this with some green beans or broccoli. This is also great with a salad and a roll. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy casserole:

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plate of chicken and rice with bacon

Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole – GREAT weeknight chicken casserole! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds!! Can make ahead and freezer for a quick meal later! Chicken Rice-A-Roni, cooked chicken, bacon, ranch, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, french fried onions. Great flavor and so easy to make! #chicken #chickencasserole #easycasserole #freezermeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chicken flavor Rice-A-Roni
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • cup sour cream
  • 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • ¾ cup cooked chopped bacon
  • 2 Tbsp dry Ranch dressing mix
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (6-oz) can French fried onions

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Prepare Rice-A-Roni according to package directions. Add soup, sour cream, chicken, bacon, ranch, and cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Spread rice mixture into prepared pan. Top rice with fried onions.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Notes:

  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Chicken Rice-a-Roni: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-chicken-rice-roni/
  • I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole.
  • Here is our recipe for Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken: https://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for the pork bacon in this recipe.
  • 3/4 cup of cooked chopped bacon is approximately 3/4 of a pound of raw bacon.
  • If you are sensitive to the ranch dressing mix, please adjust the amount to your personal preference.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking the casserole straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Crack Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place the dish in the freezer and freeze. The casserole will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.

Steph

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  1. Took a chance and made this shortly after it was posted. I was afraid it would be too salty with all the boxed/prepared items, but it was okay. Easy to prep ahead on a busy day and bake when ready. Leftovers the next day were also a hit.

  2. Thank you so much for the recipe for ranch dressing mix. I recently found out I can’t have soy in my diet, everything has soy in it. Cooking from scratch is going to be the only way to avoid.
    Love all your recipes, I’m old school print them out and keep them in a notebook.

  3. Hi Steph,
    My family loves all your recipes ! I bought 2 deep freezers for when my families visit. We have 14 grandchildren and they lick their plates when they finish eating your delicious recipes. I don’t know if you are a COSTCO fan, but I just wanted to mention to you, and your fans, that COSTCO now has hand pulled rotisserie chicken in vacumn sealed bags . The bags are available in the section of the store where they have ready made trays with shrimp and wraps etc. THIS MAKES YOUR RECIPES SO MUCH EASIER TO MAKE, BECAUSE YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO PULL APART A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN. THE WORK IS DONE FOR YOU. Thank you for all your creative casserole and other recipes. I don’t ever need to look at a Cook Book again. All I need now is to continue to print out your recipes. You are a treasure beyone measure. Thank you ~ Anna Goonella and Family.

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