French Onion Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole

French Onion Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole Recipe– creamy chicken and rice casserole loaded with tons of great flavor! Super easy to make and tastes fantastic!! Can make it ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for a quick meal later! Chicken Rice-A-Roni, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, french onion dip, garlic, cheddar cheese, and french fried onions. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds!

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Easy Chicken & Rice Casserole

This French Onion Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole has quickly become a favorite at our house. It is super easy to make and tastes great! Chicken, french fried onions, french onion dip, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, and rice-a-roni. One bite and you will be blown away! This is super easy to make. It is perfect for a hectic weeknight or potluck. Add this to your menu. It is sure to become a family favorite!

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How to Make French Onion Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole

This French Onion Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Cook Rice-a-Roni according to the package directions. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pasta and vermicelli mix to the skillet and cook until golden brown. Add water and rice-a-roni seasoning packet. Bring contents to a near boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.

While the rice-a-roni cooks, combine french onion dip and cream of chicken soup in a large bowl. Stir in french fried onions, shredded cheese, garlic powder, and chopped chicken. Stir the cooked rice and pasta mix into the soup mixture. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired. Spread the mixture into a sprayed baking dish. Top the casserole with more french fried onions. Place pan in a preheated oven and bake.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Chicken Rice-a-Ronihttps://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-chicken-rice-roni/
  • I use a whole rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and discard. Depending on the size of your chicken, you should get four cups chicken.
  • Make sure to use a sour cream based french onion dip in this recipe.
    • If you can’t find sour cream french onion dip, you can substitute sour cream mixed with some onion soup mix.
    • You can use low-fat sour cream or fat-free sour cream.
  • You can use any flavor of condensed cream soups in this recipe.
  • What can I add to the casserole? Feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables. Broccoli, bell pepper, peas, or celery. Anything goes!
  • I use cheddar cheese. Feel free to use your favorite flavor or grated cheese.
  • Can Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the baking dish with tin foil. Refrigerate overnight. 
    • You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking the casserole straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can 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.
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What to Serve with Rice A Roni Chicken Casserole

We ate this casserole for dinner and had the leftovers for lunch during the week. The leftovers were just as good, if not better reheated! We usually serve this with some green beans, carrots, 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 chicken casserole:

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French Onion Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
French Onion Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole Recipe– creamy chicken and rice casserole loaded with tons of great flavor! Super easy to make and tastes fantastic!! Can make it ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for a quick meal later! Chicken Rice-A-Roni, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, french onion dip, garlic, cheddar cheese, and french fried onions. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chicken flavor Rice-A-Roni
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup refrigerated sour cream based French Onion Dip
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (6-oz) can French fried onions, divided

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, french onion dip, garlic, chicken, cheese, and half of the fried onions. Stir to combine.
  • Spread rice mixture into prepared pan. Top rice with the remaining 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 use a whole rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole. Remove the skin and bones and discard. Depending on the size of your chicken, you should get four cups chicken.
  • Make sure to use a sour cream based french onion dip in this recipe.
    • If you can’t find sour cream french onion dip, you can substitute sour cream mixed with some onion soup mix.
    • You can use low-fat sour cream or fat-free sour cream.
  • You can use any flavor of condensed cream soups in this recipe.
    • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/
  • What can I add to the casserole? Feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables. Broccoli, bell pepper, peas, or celery. Anything goes!
  • I use cheddar cheese. Feel free to use your favorite flavor or grated cheese.
  • Can Chicken Rice-a-Roni Casserole be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the baking dish with tin foil. Refrigerate overnight. 
    • You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking the casserole straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can 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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