Million Dollar Chicken & Rice Casserole

Million Dollar Chicken & Rice Casserole – This is our go-to chicken casserole! SO easy to make and tastes like a million bucks! Chicken, rice, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, onion, garlic, cream of chicken soup, topped with crushed Ritz crackers and butter. Can make this casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole #ritzcrackers

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Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe

New favorite alert! This chicken & rice casserole is comfort food at its best! So creamy and it tastes like a million bucks! Chicken, rice, cheese, sour cream, and Ritz crackers. How could this not be good? YUM! I used a rotisserie chicken and this came together in a snap. I love easy weeknight meals like this one!

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How to Make Chicken & Rice Casserole

This casserole is very easy to make. Start with cooking some rice. You can use any type of cooked rice that you prefer – white, jasmine, brown. Whatever you like is fine. Once the rice is cooked, simply combine it with some cooked chicken, cottage, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, garlic, and onion powder. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and top with some crushed Ritz crackers. Pop the casserole in the oven and that is it!

Feel free to add some mixed vegetables, broccoli or mushrooms to the casserole mixture. This is a great recipe to sneak in some veggies!

If you want to make this casserole gluten-free, you can skip the cracker topping or try crushed up pork rinds. Just a note, Walmart sells gluten-free cream of chicken soup now.

Can Chicken & Rice Casserole be Frozen?

This casserole makes a great freezer meal! You can make the casserole in advance and refrigerate it overnight for freeze unbaked for later. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.

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What to Serve with Chicken & Rice Casserole

We absolutely LOVED this yummy chicken & rice casserole. It has quickly become a favorite at our house. It checks all the boxes – quick, easy, and delicious! We like to serve this with some green beans and asparagus or a side salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this Million Dollar Chicken & Rice Casserole:

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Million Dollar Chicken & Rice Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Million Dollar Chicken & Rice Casserole – This is our go-to chicken casserole! SO easy to make and tastes like a million bucks! Chicken, rice, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, onion, garlic, cream of chicken soup, topped with crushed Ritz crackers and butter. Can make this casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole #ritzcrackers

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 4- oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried onion powder
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers crushed
  • 5 Tbsp butter melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine chicken, cooked rice, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and cream of chicken soup. Spread into prepared pan.
  • Combine crushed crackers and butter, sprinkle over chicken mixture.
  • Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes.

Notes:

Use a rotisserie chicken for quick prep of the cooked chicken.
Can prepare through step 3 and refrigerate or freeze for later.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.

Steph

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  1. Made this for dinner tonight. Super easy and delicious. Added a small bag of frozen broccoli. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  2. Thank you so much for giving us the ability to scale down – or up! – recipes! I can divide just fine, honest! But it makes it so simple to use your “scaler”.
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