Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole

Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole – seriously THE BEST!!! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds – even our picky eaters!!! Chicken, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, onion powder, garlic powder, water, milk, instant rice and parmesan cheese. This has quickly become a family favorite! We make it at least once a month. SO good!!

Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole - seriously THE BEST!!! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds - even our picky eaters!!! Chicken, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, onion powder, garlic powder, water, milk, instant rice and parmesan cheese. This has quickly become a family favorite! We make it at least once a month. SO good!!

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This Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole is seriously delicious! We absolutely LOVED this casserole. We ate it for lunch and leftover for a couple of days afterward. SO good! This casserole is super easy to make. It was ready to go in the oven in minutes. This makes a TON. Next time I might split it between two pans and freeze one for later.

I used a whole rotisserie chicken in this casserole. If you don’t have a rotisserie chicken, you will need about 4 cups of cooked chicken for the casserole. This recipe uses three cans of Cream of Whatever soup. I always buy the 98% fat-free or Healthy Choice to cut down on fat and sodium. Our favorite part of the casserole was all the yummy parmesan cheese on top! YUM! This was a huge hit in our house. Chicken Legs has already requested this again for dinner. I can’t wait!

Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole - seriously THE BEST!!! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds - even our picky eaters!!! Chicken, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, onion powder, garlic powder, water, milk, instant rice and parmesan cheese. This has quickly become a family favorite! We make it at least once a month. SO good!!

Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole – seriously THE BEST!!! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds – even our picky eaters!!! Chicken, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, onion powder, garlic powder, water, milk, instant rice and parmesan cheese. This has quickly become a family favorite! We make it at least once a month. SO good!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken (4 cups cooked chopped chicken)
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups instant rice, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, fresh or green can

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Remove skin from rotisserie chicken and discard. Remove chicken meat from bones and chop.
  • In a large bowl, combine, chopped chicken, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, cream of mushroom soup, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, water, milk and instant rice. Pour into prepared pan. Top with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 40 to 50 minutes.

Notes:

Can use reduced-fat or healthy choice soup.
Can use low-fat or fat-free milk.

Steph

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  1. For those wondering about substituting the instant rice with regular rice, I made this last night using 2 cups of uncooked Carolina jasmine rice and it worked out beautifully. No other substitutions or adjustments, except for breadcrumbs sprinkled on top.

  2. This is so delicious, picked up rotisserie chicken on the way home from church and had a yummy no fuss lunch! Love your recipes, thanks for sharing them!

      1. What I love most about this recipe, is that it’s basic. Being basic allows people to build on it, how they like. Some nights when I’m especially lazy, we have this as written and other nights I add or change ingredients. Family loves it however I make and are always throwing out suggestions for next time. Thank you for a great simple meal that can easily be dressed up.

        1. SO glad you enjoyed it! We keep all of the recipes pretty basic just for this reason. I like to let people add what they enjoy to each recipe.

  3. Making this tonight. Started before I read the recipe! Lol I had 3 boiled cooked chicken breasts and I made the instant rice in a large skillet. Chopped the breasts while the rice cooked. Added 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1 cup milk and 1/2 # of velvets cheese., few pats of butter and 1/2 cup of water. I just put it in the oven for 30 minutes.

  4. I made your version of chicken & rice it is in the oven as I’m writing this. It is spring in NE pA & my chives are up so I’m going to top the dish with chives. I’m using raw chicken thighs. It looks like a very good recipe

  5. Made as written and it was fantastic, which is saying something because I am a very fussy eater, worse than a two-year-old. 🙂
    Now that I have tried it as above I might make a few adjustments, I will probably add chicken broth instead of water, skip the celery soup as I am not a big fan, though it does go well with this dish, and add some salt and pepper.
    I am not sure why people change recipes then complain they didn’t care for it, how can they tell if they don’t try the original dish first?

  6. I make a similar dish using whole prices of chicken but I think I would like this better and the addition of a packet of dry onion soup mix

  7. How saucy does this turn out after baking? We do like stuff like this extra creamy. Was thinking of adding 1/2 cup more milk or chicken stock. Has anyone tried this? Thanks!

  8. I made this tonight and it was heaven in my mouth! I didn’t have onion powder so I used onion flakes and I added a can of mushrooms. (I’m a mushroom lover 10xs over) Thanks for posting! Everyone cleaned their plates and almost licked them clean!

  9. I made this and put it in the fridge to bake tonight. Just realized I forgot to spray the glass pan with Pam! Will it be okay?

  10. This is a great recipe! I tweaked it just a little though. I sauté onions, bell pepper, and celery first. Then mix that in with everything. I also sub chicken broth for water. And add crushed up Ritz crackers on top instead of Parm. Tastes delicious!!!

  11. InstAnt rice is basically ric3 that has been cooked and then dehydrated. So using long cooking rice, I would partially cook and then add less water and milk. That is what I will be doing tonight. I’ll let everyone know how it turns out. I did notice tiny green flecks in the photo of the finished casserole. Was that from the seasoning found on a rotisserie chicken, or did you sprinkle in a little dried parsley?

  12. Great recipe! I added Frozen green beans and Ritz crackers on top! Delicious! It’s a keeper!

  13. Made this today. Looked really good but wanted to jazz it up a little. Added sautéed onion, garlic, celery, and mushroom to it along with about 3/4 cup sour cream. Added raw broccoli to it as well. Broccoli cooked as it baked. Added maybe 1/2 cup more rice to account for the sour cream. Also used whole milk and half and half for total of one cup of the dairy. And next time, I’ll use chicken broth instead of water. Topped it with crushed cracker/butter/Parmesan cheese topping. Used Town House crackers that I had on hand. Ingredients I added were not measured. Eye balled it to taste. Little parsley on top after it came out and sat for about 5-10 minutes. WOW. Husband loved it. He looked like that cartoon dog that floats up in the air 😂

  14. I added fresh asparagus, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese to the recipe. I also increased the amount of spices to 1/2 tps each. I like a lot of flavor with my foods, this one was still kind of bland for me. It turned out great though! Husband liked it and will be making again.

  15. I’m sorry, I’m not much of a cook and I know this is going to sound stupid but what exactly is instant rice? I just don’t understand, is it a boxed rice? Does it say instant on it? How do you know it’s instant?

  16. I have made this recipe a few times and we love it! The problem is I'm trying to use less cream of soup as it's not the healthiest. Any suggestions?

  17. This is an EXCELLENT recipe and it Taste even better! We LOVED it and hubbie is asking me to make it again! *puts all those soups on my grocery list*… thank you for this recipe! It's a keeper.

    1. This recipe is specifically for instant rice. It will need to be reworked for regular rice. The liquid content and baking time won’t be the same.

  18. Going to the store today after work and picking up the ingredients. Having this for dinner, and brussel sprouts on the grill..sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe…

    1. I only have 2 cans of soup & can’t get to the store. Is there something else I can use to substitute that 1 can? Thank you!

      I’ve made this before and it’s excellent! My husband & son do not like casseroles but they both love this!

  19. Wondering if I would be able to put this all together the night before or the morning of, so we just have to put it in the oven when we get home from work?

    1. I haven’t made this and refrigerated it unbaked. I’m not sure how the rice would do soaking all day. ??? You can certainly give it a try. You could also prep everything but the rice and refrigerate it and stir in the rice when you get home and bake.

  20. My husband just asked me why this is the first time I have made this. He said why did we have to wait so long ? I substituted brown jnstand rice and it was super tasty.

  21. I have this in the oven as we speake and followed recipe to the tee. Serving with a side of roasted asparagus/zucchini. It smells great. Will report back after my food critics eat. Thank you!

  22. All soups were fat free, and I used cooked rice because we don't like the taste of instant rice, and just did 1/2 of milk and 1/2 of water. AMAZING!!!!!

  23. This turned out perfectly! Followed it perfectly as you suggested (used full fat on everything :-)) and it was a hit -creamy, flavorful goodness! Love your recipes! Keep them coming! Best!

  24. Whelp. I just realized I thought it said COOKED rice after I put it in the oven. I'm probably gonna have a watery mess, boo. Oh well I bet it will still taste good! Ill update!

  25. I always use Frosted Flakes instead of the parm. It gives it a sweet and crunchy taste to it. I add it after 30 mins then cook it for another 10. My family LOVES it.

  26. I always top it with Frosted Flakes. It gives it a little sweet crunchy taste. I add it on top after 30 mins then cook it for another 10. My family LOVES it

  27. Made this today. It was incredible! I used two bags of Success rice and 1/2 & 1/2 instead of milk, cuz that's what I had. I added a can of mushrooms and a small jar of pimento. Oh, and I used a large,(very large) can of canned chicken. A perfect whipped together meal in a hurry that made the house smell fabulous!

  28. Can I use raw chicken tenderloins, regular rice and put it all in the oven to bake? Or would that not taste or cook the same?

        1. I have used long grain rice and cooked it prior then just mixed everything and it was sooo good!!

    1. I’m trying it with regular, long grain rice, and chicken breast, I will post how it turns out, it’s just guessing on the water and milk, I plan to make the rice al- dente.

      1. You may need to adjust the liquid content and the cooking time will be different also. Brown rice is not an equal substitute to white rice.

  29. I'm not crazy about Cream of Celery soup, but Cream of Onion is wonderful. Some frozen veggies and maybe some French Fried Onion Rings on top wouldn't hurt either. Sounds like a keeper :o)

    1. I put in two containers, cook one and freeze other {Uncooked] then when I want to cook it, thaw in fridge over night and cook for next meal

      1. The directions say 9×13 but the video shows an 8×8..which are the measurements for? I halved the recipe and put it in an 8×8 pan, it is in the oven currently and looks a little off..just watched the video and noticed. So just curious for the future.. Thanks!

  30. OMG, this is the best. I tried it today and I added peas & carrots a little sour cream. This will definitely be a go to. Will be taking to church Saturday for Father's Day potluck.

  31. OMG, I tried this today and it is the best. I add peas & carrots and a little sour cream. Out of this world. Thank you for sharing this. It will definitely be a go to meal.

    1. I have made this many times and it’s a favorite in our household. I want to make it tonight but couldn’t find instant rice due to everyone hoarding groceries. If I were to use regular rice would I need to cook it first?

      1. I’ve only made this as written. The raw to cooked rice ratio will be different, as the liquid and cook times. Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  32. Could you add broccoli or some other vegetable or would that throw off the liquid amount for the rice to bake?

    1. I think broccoli would be fine. If you use frozen, make sure it is already thawed and drained.

  33. I'm not sure that I can get cream of celery soup where I am. I don't recall seeing it. Can I use 2 cream of chicken?

  34. Any way to adapt this recipe using regular rice (we don't like the texture of instant rice)?
    Sounds delish.

    1. I just made this fantastic dish with regular rice. I used 4 cups of cooked rice and I then reduced the liquid(milk and water) by half. This allowed the cooked rice to still absorb some liquid, not dry out, without being all soupy.

    2. Shall, Minute Rice Brand has a Premium Long Grain version (different than the regular!) That actually has the texture of regular rice with the convenience of Minute Rice. I use it all the time. It's harder to find in stores but SOOO much better.

    3. Yes… use uncooked chicken and uncooked regular rice and the same ingredients. That is the recipe my family has used for years…this current recipe is just faster! Have a great day and enjoy

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