Sharing our favorite chicken and rice casserole today!  Wait until you try this fabulous Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole. It is comfort food at it’s best and the kids LOVE it.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

This chicken and rice casserole has been a family favorite recipe for years!  I am having a blast sharing some of my favorite Picky Palate recipes this summer. This one is from September 2010 and is a reader favorite. It is one of my most pinned Picky Palate recipes and works great as a freezer meal!  Note, you can used steamed white rice in place of the wild rice.  Works just fine!

Try my Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole too!  Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

Chicken Rice Casserole

Dice your vegetables.

Get them ready to saute…

…..saute in a nice big pot.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

add in both rices, seasonings and chicken. Prepare your cheese sauce then stir it into the rice.

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

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

Best Chicken and Rice Casserole


Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 8
Calories: 534 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups steamed white rice
  • 16 ounces cooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Cheese Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese to top over rice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 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 2 cups cheese until melted. Pour cheese sauce into cooked rice mixture then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with additional 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 958mg42%
Potassium 300mg9%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 4690IU94%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 525mg53%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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