Try This Delicious Chicken and Rice Casserole

Monday, September 23, 2019 Food

Looking for something to make with that chicken you have in the refrigerator? Do you like to make casseroles? Casseroles are great because sometimes you have left overs and that makes for a good lunch. Well do I have something for you,(Chicken and Rice Casserole)This is a easy recipe to follow and simple to make. So lets jump in.. 

                                       Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 Preheat oven to 375°F.

2 Brown the chicken: (I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut up like cubes or chunks) Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium high or high heat (hot enough to brown but not burn). Season the chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper.

Working in batches, brown the chicken pieces on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per batch. Add a little more olive oil if needed with every batch.

Remove chicken pieces and set aside in a bowl. The chicken does not have to be cooked through, only browned.

Browning Chicken Pieces for Cream of Mushroom Chicken and Rice Casserole

3 Sauté the onions and garlic: In the same sauté pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lower the heat to medium, add the onions, and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.

Add the garlic; cook 30 seconds more. Remove onions and garlic to a shallow 9×13 casserole dish.

chicken casserole

4 Sauté the mushrooms: Raise heat to medium high and add the sliced mushrooms. Dry sauté the mushrooms (don’t add butter or oil), allowing them to brown lightly and release some of their moisture. Add the mushrooms to the casserole dish.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

5 Make the sauce: Add 1/4 cup dry sherry or dry white wine to the pan to deglaze it, scraping off the browned bits from the bottom.

(At this point, if you are making ahead, reduce the sherry to 1 tablespoon and pour off into the casserole dish. Refrigerate cooked onions, garlic, mushrooms, and browned chicken pieces until you are ready to make the casserole.)

Let the sherry reduce to about 1 tablespoon, then add the chicken stock, and remove from heat. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, the cream, and the sour cream.

 

6 Assemble the casserole: Add the uncooked rice to the casserole dish. Then pour the stock, sherry, cream, and sour cream mixture over the rice.

Add the Italian and poultry seasonings (or fresh herbs) and paprika to the dish.

Stir the rice, onion, mushroom, and herb mixture so that they are evenly distributed in the casserole dish.

Place the chicken pieces on top of the rice mixture (in a single layer if you can, they will be crowded).

7 Bake:  Cover the casserole dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in a 375°F oven for 45 minutes and then remove foil.

If the casserole still has too much liquid, let it cook a few minutes more, uncovered, until the excess liquid has evaporated away.

chicken rice

8 Serve: Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

Hope You Enjoy !!