December 20, 2011

A busy day Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

It had been a busy day and in between cleaning and doing the school run, I had been baking holiday goodies and had been in the kitchen.  I went online to check email and read the news and relax when I looked at the clock. My husband would be home from work in about 45 minutes.  My daughter and I weren't really hungry, nothing sounded good and frankly?  After making holiday treats all afternoon and cleaning up the kitchen, the last place I wanted to be back in was the kitchen.

What could I throw together quickly, put into the oven and forget about?  My husband is not a casserole guy.  Actually, no one in our family is.  Most pasta dishes and casseroles just aren't loved in this family so it gets tricky.  But, once in a while I can pull one off, and this is one of them.

Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken - almost any style
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
1 box long grain wild rice with seasoning packet
*optional - fresh sliced mushrooms (about 1/2 cup)
salt and pepper or favorite seasoning

The chicken you use depends on what you have on hand.  Raw, boneless, skinless chicken is great.  Whole or sliced into long pieces.  Chicken tenders.  Cubed and cut up chicken.  You can even make it with precooked chicken or turkey left over from another meal or if you are one to buy canned chicken, you could even use that.  Pour the rice into a greased baking dish or casserole dish.  Sprinkle on the flavor package.  Add the can of soup.  Fill the soup can with water and mix into the rice.  Place the chicken on top (as much or little as you wish - I usually use about 3 chicken breasts).   Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper to taste or you can use a seasoned topping like lemon pepper, Mrs. Dash or whatever you like.  Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes or until chicken is completely done and the rice is golden brown around the edges.

Fix it and forget it!  A five minute meal to mix and then you are done until it's time to set the table.Print Friendly and PDF