Kathy's Easy Chile Chicken and Rice Recipe
There's nothing complicated about this chicken and rice casserole. It is easy and delicious! A perfect dish for a busy week night in Autumn.
This was great - with changes! You need twice the amount of liquid as rice when you cook it, and all the liquid in the recipe was one cup of milk. So......I added one can of low sodium chicken broth, and one half cup of milk along with the can of cream of chicken soup. I did add about two to four more tablespoons of rice since I'd added quite bit more liquid. I thawed the cup of peas in a collander under warm running water, mixed them in with the other ingredients, and added some low sodium taco seasoning - about one half of a packet , and I stirred in the chicken chunks as well instead of just placing them on top. (I think I might like adding more of the seasoning next time.) I covered it and baked it for one hour and ten minutes; it was done when I checked it, then I sprinkled on the cheese, (probably close to two cups), and put it back in the oven, uncovered, for a few minutes until the cheese melted. It was YUMMY and I' ll be making it again for sure!!
Great idea and so versatile! I used leftover cooked chicken, so to get more liquid I did not drain the chilies, and I added an (undrained) can of RoTel as well. Like others, I added a packet of taco seasoning, and we're big fans of corn in Mexican style dishes so I added a cup of frozen corn to the mixture at the start and left out the peas. With the RoTel I have to say it was not an appealing mixture in the bowl - looked a little "pre-eaten" so to speak, but once in the baking dish and covered with cheese (mixture of cheddar and Monterey jack) it looked OK. Tightly covered with foil, 1 hour at 350 degrees and 10 minutes of "stand" time was perfect. I like some of the other suggestions, like crushed chips on the top and using it as a burrito filling too. All in all one of the best uses I've found for leftover chicken.
Made it exactly as described, but needed to bake a little longer to fully cook the rice. Turned out delicious!
This chicken casserole with rice is the ultimate comfort food with a creamy cheese sauce and a buttery bread crumb topping--it's sure to become a family favorite.
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