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Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

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I LOVE Fall cooking and baking, so much delicious comfort food right?!  Wait until you try this fabulous Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole.  It is comfort food at it’s best and the kids LOVED it.  Despite my 2 stinkers being nervous about the  “black looking” rice,  they took one bite and gobbled it down in no time.  With the kids back to school, it’s nice to have some hearty weeknight dinners….this one is delish!

I will say, go find yourself some wild rice like the one I found at Trader Joes.  It’s fully cooked and ready to be eaten once it’s warmed.  I use it for soups and a zillion other recipes.  If you don’t have Trader Joes near by, check your grocery store it’s absolutely worth it!  Worse case scenario…..use all white steamed rice 🙂

Here’s your line up 🙂

Dice your veggi’s

Get them ready to saute…

…..saute in a nice big pot.

add in both rices, seasonings and chicken.

Time to make the cheese sauce…melt your butter, add the flour, seasonings then whisk like crazy while stirring in your chicken broth 🙂

Add your cheese to the sauce then once melted pour into rice mixture….mmmm!

Transfer it all to a nice baking dish 🙂  xoxox Emile Henry.

Add some cheese on top and it’s time to bake!

Here is the gorgeous masterpiece you will find when your timer goes off 🙂  Enjoy!


Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 Cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
2 Cups steamed white rice
16 oz prepared wild rice (I get mine at Trader Joes, LOVE it)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt



4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
Top with 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat oil into a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat.  Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in chicken, both rices, salt, pepper and garlic salt.  Reduce heat to low.

2.  To prepare cheese sauce melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously.  Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted.  Pour cheese sauce into cooked rice mixture then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through.  Serve.

8-10 servings

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  1. 51
    Jennifer says:

    This is amazing!! I needed a dish to make for a family who deserves a break…saw this and decided to try it out (and made one for our family at the same time!!). Will definitely use as my “gift” dish from now on!! They loved it and so did my family. I just found my mandolin blades (moved 6 months ago!) and made the carrots crinkle cut and the celery zig zag cut…it is so pretty!! Next time I will use the broccoli suggestion…good way to add in some more veggies. Thank you so much. I really enjoy following your blog.

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    Amy McKillip says:

    Just finally made this tonight (rainy, blustery, dreary day) and all I can say is it smells AMAZING! THANK YOU for sharing this! I’ll be making this many more times!

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    Julie B. says:

    We had this last night and 4 out of 5 of us loved it, though we’ll reduce salt and cheese next time. We were able to find a precooked wild rice that was canned (perhaps the reason for the saltiness) made by Canoe. Will try TJ’s next time. Thanks!

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    Kimberly says:

    Just made this tonight, it was very yummy. Next time I think I’ll add broccoli to it. Thanks so much for the recipe. Looking forward to trying more 🙂

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    Annie B. says:

    I am looking for easy meals to make for after our little baby girl is born! And this looks yummy ! I am scheduled wed to be induced ! I am 41 weeks this saturday !

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    rachael says:

    is the rice yall use that instant rice or do you just pre cook regular rice? this meal looks awesome!

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    Thanks for the recipe! For those of us counting calories, do you happen to have the nutritional info for this dish?


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    anna says:

    How many cups is the 16oz of cooked wild rice?

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    Susan says:

    I made this and it is seriously good. I think I liked it better before it all went in the oven because everything was a wee little firmer, but it is very yummy. I also added some chopped sauteed mushrooms.

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    Melissa says:

    Do you happen to have the nutritional information on this yummy looking casserole? Thanks.

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    Shannon says:

    Hi there! I just found this recipe on Pinterest yesterday and knew I had to try it immediately! Let me tell you, I just finished eating my second helping of it and all I can say is oh my word, it’s good!
    Thanks for a fabulous recipe. I’ll most definitely be making it again!

  23. 73
    Ashley` says:

    Found your recipe on Pintrest and it looked great. My family is vegan so I made a vegan version of it and it was fantastic. I’ll be posting my vegan version on my blog and will link back to your original recipe. Thank you for the inspiration!

  24. 74

    I’ve seen this multiple times on pinterest! Excited to try it for dinner tonight!

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    Jennifer Cook says:

    I made this for my family tonight. It was labor intensive (about an hour of prep), but we are a family of four and we only ate a quarter of it. My two year old ate hers and the rest of her sister’s. Hubby had seconds. Definitely a winner. I can see making this for a new mom or grieving family. We’re eating it again tomorrow and freezing the other half. I think it will reheat well. Thanks for the recipe!!!! 🙂

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    Coley says:

    Just made it tonight for my family and we all gobbled it up! Thanks for the recipe. (I came across it on Pinterest).

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    Krysta N. says:

    I’m wanting to make this tomorrow night but have a quick question. I have uncooked wild rice in abundance, but I’m guessing the weight is different between uncooked and cooked (and I don’t have a kitchen scale anyway). SO, do you have a rough amount in cups of how much cooked rice to use? I scanned the comments on this page and aside from someone mentioning using brown rice and reducing the amount to 3 cups I really don’t have a good jumping off point to estimate it…I’ll make something work, but I’d appreciate a response from someone who’s made it before I try tomorrow if possible. 🙂

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    Laurie says:

    I’m thinking of freezing it and didn’t see how any one else was going to freeze it in the comments—would you freeze it before you added the cheese to the top or does it not matter? I’m having a baby in a few months and want to stock up the freezer! This recipe looks great!

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    jamie says:

    hello! this recipe sounds delicious! i was just wondering if i could sub the white rice with brown or what was the reasoning for using white? will it throw off the flavor? can’t wait to try this! thank you!

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    Kelly says:

    Made this tonight. It’s really good! I accidentally bought the uncooked wild rice from TJs, so that added some cook time! Made the rices and chicken the night before and everything else the day of. Something to note, it takes a while for it to cool off.

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    jessica says:

    I made this for my kids and then my husband gobbled it all up. Everyone loved it!

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    Jennifer says:

    Made this for dinner after seeing it on pinterest. YUMMY!!!!

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    Theresa says:

    I made this today for the first time. Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s no longer carries the precooked wild rice. But, I used their brown rice medley and basmati rice medley. I cooked the rice the day before so that it wouldn’t be too gummy and to save time. Waiting for it to come out of the oven. Thanks for a great recipe.

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    Jamie says:

    I have no TJs… sad but true… If I am making sense of the recipe, I would need about 2C. wild rice? Same amt as white?? Thanks!

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    Lauri says:

    I just made this a few nights ago and it was delicious! My family really liked it. I added a can of black beans, but otherwise followed the recipe. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe

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    Vicki says:

    I wanted to make this tonight but unfortunately, my Trader Joe’s discontinued the cooked wild rice…………….

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    Mary G. says:

    Says carrots in cooking directions but how many? Guess I can add 3 (like celery)?

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    mrsblocko says:

    I made this and wrote about it here. What a scrumptious recipe! Thank you for sharing it.

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    Michelle Lubbers says:

    I had something like this at a potluck on Sunday with the addition of mushrooms, looking forward to trying it. It would be nice if I could master this rice cooking thing too {smile}.

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    Holly says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on this yet, but I wanted to let you know how much me and my family LOVE this recipe. My daughter is going to be 2 in August and she DEVOURS this casserole. It’s so delicious! I’ve also made it for a few friends who have babies recently and it’s a huge hit. So thank you!

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