Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe
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Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe

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Warm up your kitchen and delight your taste buds with this comforting Chicken and Rice Casserole! Tender pieces of chicken, nestled in a bed of fluffy rice, mixed with savory vegetables, all baked in a creamy sauce until golden brown and bubbly. This timeless classic is a family favorite that’s perfect for cozy weeknight dinners or potluck gatherings, providing a hearty and satisfying meal that’s sure to bring everyone back for seconds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (such as peas, carrots, and corn)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Cook the Rice: In a medium saucepan, combine the uncooked rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Prepare the Chicken Mixture: In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the mixed vegetables and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  4. Make the Sauce: Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable mixture and stir to combine, cooking for 1-2 minutes to cook off the raw flour taste. Gradually pour in the milk, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes creamy. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Assemble the Casserole: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked chicken, cooked rice, and creamy vegetable sauce. Stir until evenly combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread it out into an even layer.
  6. Bake the Casserole: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through and the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  7. Serve: Remove the Chicken and Rice Casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, before serving.

Enjoy the comforting flavors of this Chicken and Rice Casserole, a timeless favorite that’s sure to become a staple in your family’s meal rotation!

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