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Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

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. 1
    Amanda :) says:

    Oh good heavens girl, that looks incredible!! 🙂 I know what I’ll be making this week! 🙂

  2. 2

    That looks so good! I am definitely going to add it to dinner one night this week – pretty simple too!

  3. 3

    Anything with cheese and rice can never be a bad thing. My son would eat this up in about 2 seconds!! Love it!!

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    Cheri says:

    I am bookmarking this right now! Love how colorful and comforting it looks. We are big rice fans so I’m sure it will be a hit.

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    Skye says:

    OMG this looks DELICIOUS! I think I will make it for Bible study tomorrow night! YUM!

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    Maria says:

    Perfect fall casserole!

  7. 7

    This looks like true comfort food! Yum!

  8. 8

    the best part is i have every ingredient! can’t wait to try this this week!

  9. 9

    Yum! My kids might even eat this! 🙂

  10. 10
    Helen says:

    This looks DELISH, already have dinner planned for tonight, but this will be on tomorrow’s menu 😀

  11. 11

    This is the perfect fall recipe! It’s on my menu for the week! Thanks!

  12. 12
    Eliana says:

    This looks so incredibly delicious. Can’t wait to make this for one of my dinners one day.

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    Tracy says:

    Looks delicious and chock full of veggies! Yum!

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    My mom used to make something like this for us when we were kids and I always LOVED it!!!!! Totally going to make this for her next time she in in town 🙂

  16. 16

    What a great dinner- everyone here would love this. I like to keep some of the pre-cooked rice on hand for those days when I’m short on time. Thanks!

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    Beth D. says:

    Yummo! Will be making this tomorrow night…sadly our nearest TJ’s is 50 minutes away, and no time to run there tomorrow, so will be cooking the brown rice from scratch…:)

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    Heather says:

    This looks so yummy Jenny! I can’t wait to try it. I think my little ones would love it.
    Love the photo’s!

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    Jenny, this casserole looks amazing. It is the perfect one pot meal. Love that there are veggies in it too. The cheese sauce makes it a simple sell for the kids 🙂 xo

  21. 21

    This looks like a delicious casserole! I love the combo of cheese and rice…you can never go wrong with this flavor combo!

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    Julie says:

    Looks delish, I can kinda picture it stuffed into an acorn squash too.

  23. 23

    I adore Trader Joe’s, that recipe looks delicious! I may need to make a trip there this weekend and whip that up 🙂 Gotta love Fall comfort food!

  24. 24

    This looks like such a comforting (and quick!) meal for autumn. There is nothing better than a one-pot meal that kids will gobble up.

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    renee-ashley says:

    girl this look amazing im planning n making this, but my dad is allergic to onion is there a substitute i can use or is the onion just for a little taste

  26. 26

    SO glad I stumbled over this recipe! I have leftover chicken and have been trying to find something new to do with it. Jackpot! I can just taste it now… mmmmm!

  27. 27
    Deborah says:

    I have some leftover chicken from a roast chicken, and I’m betting this would be a great way to use it up!

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    Kim in MD says:

    This looks fantastic, Jenny! What a fabulous, Fall dish. I love that Trader Joe’s sells cooked wild rice- I will have to look for it! I also love the tip about cooking chicken breasts in the crockpot with some chicken broth. I have never done that before but will definately try it! Thanks!

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    Jill says:

    I made this tonight and it was incredible. Perfect for fall weather here in North Dakota! Everyone loved it and I have a ton left over!

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    Rebecca says:

    This recipe looks delicious! I headed to TJ”s today and bought the wild rice, but forgot to get white rice… do you think it would be okay to add extra wild rice instead of the white rice? Also, do you prepare the wild rice as directed on the package, or just add straight from the package since you will be eventually cooking it?
    I love your blog and all the wonderful recipes. Keep ’em coming.

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    Melissa says:

    I’m planning to make this tonight for me and the boy — I anticipate half of it will be gone the way he eats 😉 I’m going to do all brown rice (reduced to 3 cups) and add a cup of broccoli. So excited about cooking this dinner!

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    Katie says:

    I made this last night and wow is it delish! I used a brown and wild rice mix and it worked really well! I’m excited to have the leftovers for lunch. 🙂

    This is my go-to site when I’m searching for recipes. They are all fabulous! THANK YOU for sharing!

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    zestycook says:

    I made this tonight minus a few things as we were low on groceries but it was awesome!!! One picky palate picked off the cheese but overall the crowd loved it!


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    Jason says:

    Great looking recipe. Nice twist on the classic chicken and rice casserole. Bet it was full of flavor!

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    Pam says:

    Ummm! Love that cheese sauce with it. Love casseroles like this!

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    megan says:

    Thanks for tip on the precooked wold rice. I’ll have to check that out. The casserole looks delish!

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    Sandy says:

    This looks awesome, I can’t wait to try it! Any idea if I could double the recipe and freeze the second casserole for a future meal?

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    Linzie says:

    I made this last night for dinner and my picky little 20 month old even loved it. Thanks for cooking and sharing!

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    Doni says:

    I was on a health food kick a while ago, and purchased Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice, in Brown and Wild Rice. But I never found any reason to use it until last night when I made this casserole! 🙂 I barely had enough left to put in a Tupperware to bring to work today! Thanks for your super family-friendly recipes!

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    Amanda says:

    I can never reply to your SU shares, it always gives me a message of “too many shares” :-/ Anyway, this looks wonderful!

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    Grace says:

    This would make an amazing take along dish. My kids would probably have the same reaction to the wild rice. I usually pick up a couple of roasted chickens at Costco for sandwiches and stuff during the week, this dish would be perfect to utilize the chickens as well.
    Thank you for sharing. Btw your pics are amazing!

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    Jamie says:

    This looks seriously so good. I love comfort food and this fits the bill.

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    Janet says:

    I am sitting here, eating this very recipe as I type… It is SO SO GOOD! I subbed Trader Joe’s brown rice in a pouch for the white rice but otherwise followed it. Yum!

    My husband keeps going back for seconds, and second seconds… Always the mark of a good recipe!

    Thank you!

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    AmandaK says:

    This was GREAT! and smelled fantastic cooking…

  46. 46

    Jenny, this looks delicious. Hope your kids got over the “black rice.” Made me think of my own rice story: My mother liked to tell about the day I came home from second grade and announced that I had to take my lunch the next day because they were serving porcupine meatballs. She could not convince me that it was just ground beef and rice and NOT porcupine meat. I wasn’t taking a chance, though.

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    Shelli says:

    I made this last night for dinner . . . we loved it! Used TJ’s frozen organic brown rice in lieu of the white rice and it was fab! Thanks especially for the “heads-up” on the prepared wild rice – such a huge timesaver during the busy week.

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    Newlyyoung says:

    Awesome recipe! Can’t wait to try it! So glad I found you. As a die-hard food blog junkie, I think I have found my new favorite fix!

    One thing I thought you might want to note: “Veggies” is plural form. “Veggi’s” uses the possessive apostrophe s, which would only be appropriate if you were talking about a veggie’s taste, for example. If you were refering in plural possessive, it would be the “veggies’ color”, for example. 🙂

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    cheree says:

    Made this a couple of nights ago. Amazing. The cheese sauce really made the dish. It tastes even better as leftovers.

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    Annie says:

    Made this last night and it was wonderful. We had so much I’m sending some over to my mom otherwise we would be eating this for a week (not that it is a bad thing).

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    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!

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    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!

  74. 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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    Erin Abbott says:

    You can purchase already cooked wild rice in any grocery store with the brand name of Canoe.

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    Silvia says:

    wonderful! I saw it on Pinterest, it was not easy to found your site, a lot of pins for coming to the source!! thank you for this recipe

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    Kathy says:

    This sounds so yummy! I can hardly wait to try it!

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    Krista says:


    Just a question for a picky eater, does the chopped celery, onion and carrots soften when this is cooked? Thanks!

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    Jane says:

    This is an amazing recipe. My husband absolutely loved it. I added a little worstershire and red-hot to the sauce. Very flavorful.

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    Kirsten says:

    Just to make sure I understand, you cook both rices before adding to the veggies?

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    Keri says:

    YUM! Thanks for sharing. We had it for dinner and it was so good. Had a great flavor and was so filling. I wouldn’t change anything about it. Thanks again!!

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    Gina says:

    I made this casserole tonight, and it was quite good. But here’s an idea: I was wandering through the kitchen hours later, and I decided I wanted a second helping. On a whim, I put a couple of scoops of the casserole into a bowl, then thinned it to a desirable consistency with some leftover chicken broth (from poaching the chicken) and popped it in the microwave to reheat. When it was hot, I added a big splash of half and half and some extra salt and pepper, and it had magically tranformed into the yummiest cheesy chicken and rice soup! This casserole recipe makes SO MUCH, that this is one way to transform the dish and compel your family to keep eating it–or to take it for lunches during the week. 🙂

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    I just made this tonight but made it more like a chicken bake (without the rice). It was delish!

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    Diana Keller says:

    I take it I have to cook my own wild Rice? No Joes around here.

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    Tami says:

    I loved loved loved this dish! I have no complaints and my hubby ate it all up but I will warn you that it takes quite a bit of prep time. I had all 4 of my burners going…One for the plain rice, one for the wild rice, one for the vegetables and one for the cheese sauce! It was a rush to the finish line but well worth it. It looks like a very simple and easy recipe, which it is, it just requires a lot of multitasking! Thank you for such a delish recipe! I will make this again on a non-work day as its too much for me after a long day of work!

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    Christine Kasten says:

    This turned out amazing! I used the leftovers from a baked chicken the night before. Mostly dark meat left. Threw it in the crock pot with some water and let it cook all morning and after noon. Peeled the meat off and used a couple cups of the chicken stock left. Followed the recipe as is except I left out the celery because I didn’t have any in the fridge. Oh, and I used brown rice instead. Turned out delicious! This would make a great pot luck dish. Thank you for a now stand by recipe!

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    Summer says:

    This was delicious. My 4-year old turned up her nose when she saw it but gobbled it up once she tried it. I have had wild rice in my cupboard forever and was happy to get to use it in such a yummy way. I used Costco rotisserie chicken breast for the shredded chicken. If I calculate based on 8 servings, this has 470 calories and 28 grams of fat per serving so I definitely wouldn’t consider it “healthy” food per say, but the wild rice, veggies, and lean chicken certainly make for a balanced meal 🙂

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    Kathryn says:

    One of the best chicken casseroles I’ve ever made!!! Love it!!!

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    Sara says:

    Found this recipe via Pinterest and made it last night! It was delicious!! I don’t even have a Trader Joe’s within 300 miles of me, so I decided to try something else. I used Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown and Wild Rice with Broccoli and Carrots (very healthy and low in fat). It was out of this WORLD good with the cheese sauce, esp. since cheese is so good with broccoli! Plus I didn’t have to cook the other veggies. I recommend others try this if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s or any other type of wild rice available! YUM!!!

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    ashlee says:

    Hey, this recipe looks awesome but I found it on where it was labeled as gluten-free… ? Do you have a flour substitution that you use but isn’t listed?

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    Jen says:

    Made this for the first time… WOW! Kids loved it, husband loved it! We have a winner! Thanks!

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    Karla says:

    I made this tonight for supper. It was Fantastic!

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    Amy says:

    Made this tonight after finding it on Pinterest! Perfect use for my extra Beer Crockpot Chicken! So delicious!

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    Robin says:

    I made this for dinner tonight, and received rave reviews from the family! Thanks so much!

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    I printed it and will making it tomorrow!! Thanx!

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    Jen says:

    Do you think I could sub turkey? I just made one and was looking for recipes I could use.

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    Adrienne says:

    I made this last night for my was delicious. I would like to say that I found the “cheese sauce” to be abit dry so I added alittle extra broth, as well as the wild rice cooking liquid before it was totally absorbed into the rice. I only used one box of wild rice and one cup of steamed white rice and that was plenty. I couldn’t imagine what 32 oz of rice would be like, unless I am misunderstanding the quantity of rice this recipe is calling for. Overall, I would make this again, and again…it was that good! Thank you!! :o)
    P.S. for those who are not onion lovers, I grate my onion so that I don’t have the visual or texture issue, but still have the flavor!

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    Stacy says:

    Couldn’t find the wild rice at any of our Trader Joe’s here in KS/MO. Guess I’ll have to substitute.

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    Aggie says:

    Hey friend, hope you & that precious little one are doing ok…
    Saw this on Pinterest & it’s exactly something I’ve been looking for. So happy when I clicked over to your site 🙂


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    Sarah says:

    This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to make it! I was wondering if you need to cook the wild rice before you add it in or if you can add it in raw? Thanks for your help!

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    kimberly says:

    I have made this a few times and it gets rave reviews. Everyone loves it!!

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    Maureen says:

    I just popped it in the oven, looking forward to trying it!

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    Shelley says:

    Husbands gone, Mom and Sisters coming for sleep over. Serving this, salad and breadsticks after a day of shopping.. can’t wait!

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    I found this recipe on pinterest and just loved it. I loved it so much I blogged about it. Come by and check it out when you have time.

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    miranda says:

    I’m a little confused. You only list 2 cups chicken broth under the cheese sauce, but it also says in the directions to add broth to the veggies when you add the rice and chicken.

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    mary jo says:

    This is wonderful…a go to comfort food. Could this be made ahead of time…say in the morning…cooked later for dinner?

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    Grant says:

    My wife and I cooked this meal last night and it was GREAT!! We actually had it again today for lunch!

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    Nana Felecia says:

    Sounds wonderful BUT 3 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese sounds like a lot of cheese!

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    Brianne says:

    Was your measurement of wild rice cooked, or dry? I bought 4 oz boxes of dry, but it says it makes 2 1/2 cups once cooked. Is the ratio of cooked white rice to cooked wild rice about 50/50?

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    Taylor says:

    Is there a way to make this without flour? I can’t have gluten but this sounds amazing!

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    Ellen says:

    I made this last week and am making it again tonight to have for the week. My husband and I both LOVED it!
    A few changes: 1) I used a combo of dry wild rice and brown rice in a rice cooker in order to make it a bit healthier than using white rice– about a cup and a quarter of wild rice and a cup of brown rice (with roughly 4 cups of water to cook). 2) I did not use onion (and we didn’t even miss it) 3) added a bag of frozen broccoli- chopped it first 4) did not add the cheese to the top of the casserole, as the 16 oz in the cheese sauce was plenty of cheese for the casserole. Turned out PERFECTLY DELICIOUS!

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    Heather Brown says:

    My son is a picky eater AND newly diagnosed celiac! Going to try making this recipe gluten-free and I’ll post the results.

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    Heather Brown says:

    Just tried this gluten-free!! I used brown rice flour instead of regular flour and it was great! I have picky eaters, and they did notice the veggies, but they ate some anyway. My husband and I thought it was great!

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    Robin Ingram says:

    Made this tonite and it was a big hit! I used less cheese in the sauce and I used a pre cut mix of onion and celery with thanksgiving herbs which made it smell and taste like thanksgiving! Deliscious. Thanks for posting!

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    Samantha says:

    I made this last night for dinner and my husband is OBSESSED with it! He’s talked about it non stop and just made himself a “snack” of it…at 11:30pm! Even my little one who won’t eat anything love this. Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper!

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    Kristina says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I just baked a couple chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and pepper while the rice was cooking. We loved the texture of the wild rice, and I was pleasantly surprised that, despite the sauce, it wasn’t too cheesy (it was just right). Kudos on a great recipe!

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    Amy says:

    If you don’t have a Trader Joes or can’t find it, wild rice is super easy to make and freezes wonderfully. I saute onion and celery then add chicken broth. Bring it to a boil then add rinsed, raw, wild rice. Cover and simmer for 45 to 50 min. I always make a lot and freeze some in usable portions, just thaw and warm it up and use it however you want. Delish!

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    Leah Toth says:

    Yum yum. That’s what for our dinner tonight. However I am replacing wild rice to jasmine rice. As for veggies I’m replacing onions, celery and carrot with broccoli. I’m sure kids will love it! We are cutting down on high salt in food. This one look perfect! Dish!

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    Jennifer says:

    Made this tonight for dinner, thank you so much! It was awesome!!!!

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    shae says:

    Have uncooked wild rice. Is there any difference if I pre-cook this up … to the pre-cooked rice at Trader Joes? We don’t have Trader Joes here.

    Looks like a very nice casserole.

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    Lori says:

    I was thinking of trying to make this with a package of frozen mixed veggies (peas, green beans, corn). Have you ever tried doing something like that? Just to cut down prep time a little?

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    Jessica says:

    This was great! We cut back on the rice a little since there were just two of us but we will definitely make this again. I cut the butter down to 2 Tbsps for the sauce and it was still delicious. I have already shared this with friends!

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    leslie says:

    I have a bunch of food allergies gluten included, I can use everything but the flour. Any suggestions there. I am also allergic to corn, soy, wheat and a few others.

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    Nicole says:

    Looks delicious, but I’m terrible at making sauces. Any suggestions for an alternate way to incorporate the cheese, besides just sprinkling it on (which is what I’ll probably do). Also, any idea how this could be converted to a crockpot recipe? Thanks for sharing!

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    Christine says:

    I’m cooking this recipe right now for dinner. I went to Trader Joe’s today and the clerk there said the pre-cooked wild rice has been discontinued!! BUMMER!! I’m trying it with a long grain/wild rice blend that I’m making. I’m sure it will be delish!!

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    Tiffany says:

    This was very good…even my picky 3 year old liked it! This is a new fav!

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    Ashley says:

    This is delicious! My changes were to use all Jasmine rice b/c I could not find wild rice at our grocery store and add in a little chopped fresh parsley + orange rind zest. I made it for a friend who is gluten-free, so I omitted the flour & subbed with 1 T gelatin. I cooked the chicken breasts in the crockpot with some water, sliced onion, himalayan sea salt, pepper & Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt & then shredded. It is seriously yummy; thank you so much!! 🙂

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    Kim Wilson says:

    Hi, I made this tonight and realized that I made have made too much wild rice? Is it supposed to be 16 oz. dry wild rice, or 16 oz. wild rice that has been cooked? It was a little confusing. It’s in the oven right now. I hope I didn’t mess it up!

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    brittany says:

    Hi i’ve never cooked with wild rice before, what does it mean to prepare it? does that mean cook it first then add it or put it in uncooked? sorry, thank you 🙂 Looks so yummy and cant wait to make it

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    Dana says:

    Maybe a dumb question but are both rices. Wild, and steamed prepared (cooked) before adding to pot?

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    Kylee says:

    Just made this for dinner & it is PHENOMENAL! This will definitely be a go-to recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    I love that all your ingredients are from TJ! I cannot wait to try this recipe. Thank you for the step by step and the gorgeous images.

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    Jessie says:

    This is my FAV pinterest find! Made it even better with a WISCONSIN twist, substitute in the cheese sauce substitute 1 cup broth with 1 cup beer! YUM! It’s like beer-cheese soup!

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    Kelly says:

    Could this recipe be frozen then re-cooked? Also, can it be prepared ahead of time or is it best cooked right away?

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    Peggy says:

    This was fantastic! I used half the amount of butter and substituted light butter with canola oil. I also used half regular cheddar cheese and half 2% fat cheddar cheese. I doubled the recipe and will definitely make it again! Thank you!

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    Dee says:

    If making this as a “make ahead meal”, would it be best to wait and add the cheese the day of cooking?

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    Lisa says:

    This is wonderful! It’s become a family favorite. We use brown rice instead of white and it still tastes great! Thank you!

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    Lisa says:

    This was really good, I used Monterey Jack since I was out of cheddar. YUM!

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    Jamie says:

    Tastes great, but there is a lot a prep. Totally worth it!

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    We love this recipe . Thanks for sharing it.

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    Chelsea says:

    I just made this tonight for dinner and my husband and I LOVED it!!! It is so delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Already shared it on Facebook. 😉

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    Jill says:

    If I’m making my own wild rice, how much dry rice do I measure out to equal 16 oz prepared?

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    I made your recipe for my blog today. It was absolutely amazing! I linked my readers to your site, so I hope they get as much pleasure from this recipe as my family did. Thanks!

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    Becky turner says:

    This dish had too many steps and dishes – lacked flavor – I would use bell pepper instead of carrots – to time consuming

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    Laura says:

    DIVINE! I made this for the first time tonight. I had to substitute a few different kinds of rice, but it was YUMMY anyway. How can you go wrong with that much cheese? Thanks for another winner!

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    daisy says:

    This reminds me of the Marie Calendar’s Savory Chicken & Rice bake…which is the most delicious thing I have ever microwaved! lol…I was hoping one day I would find a REAL recipe that came close to it…so glad I stumbled upon this on pinterest! 🙂

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    Jessica says:

    We make this recipe all of the time. Sooo delicious! I actually omit the butter from the cheese sauce and it is still awesome. . If my husband had his way, we would eat this every week.

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    Erica says:

    I bet this would be a good way to use leftover turkey after thanksgiving too!!! I made it with a rotisserie chicken and it was so good my husband had me make it again 2 days later!!!

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    Eloisa Bautista says:

    This look so yummy, I will try this tonigh,,, tnx gor this look delicious
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    Pete says:

    That rice looks like paddy rice, not real wild rice. You should buy real Ojibwa wild rice, the flavor is so much better!!

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    Marcia says:

    This has become one of my favorite dishes to make. Its fairly easy to make and its so yummy.

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    Donna says:

    Is the wild rice plain or a
    In a box with the seasoning you add?

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    Cindy says:

    Love this dish! I want to freeze it this time for freezer meals. Would you freeze after putting it together but before adding cheese topping and cooking?? Thanks so much!

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    Melanie says:

    This is mine and my families favorite freezer meal to make!!! I can’t find the wild rice at TJ’s. Any idea in cups how much it would be?

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    Megan says:

    Made this for supper last night – delicious! All I added were peas and corn. 🙂

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    Lori Bagley says:

    I make a casserole much like this. I use bell pepper instead of the carrots and add toasted slivered almonds to the top for a little crunch. I also use cooked shrimp or duck meat in place of the chicken. It’s one of those that you take to a pot-luck and don’t bring any home. Delish!

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    Kelley says:

    Do you know how the cheese sauce would be with reduced fat cheese. Not sure if it would melt properly, but I’m tying to cut back on fat in my cooking. This llooks like something my husband would enjoy and I look forward to tying it out reduced fat cheese or not.

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    Kelsey Crofoot says:

    About to try this recipe… However I was confused if the Wild Rice goes into the recipe totally cooked or not? I realize the white rice is supposed to be done, but wasn’t sure about WIld. Thanks!!

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    Emili says:

    My family loves this recipe, and it’s a great freezer meal too. Thank you for posting it.

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    julie says:

    This is soooo good! we could eat it every night.

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    Allie says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s one of our favorites of all time! Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this website for people you may never meet. Bless you!! – Allie 🙂

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    Khali says:

    This was very easy and yummy. I used uncle ben’s long grain and wild rice mix.

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    daisy says:

    I loved making this recipe! Would this be a good freezer meal? Would you freeze it after everything is cooked & cooled? Or would you do any steps differently? I don’t do freezer meals a lot but I’m needing to stockpile my freezer for my 2nd baby due soon and I absolutely love this recipe! Any advice/suggestions? 🙂

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    Ashley says:

    Yummy, comfort food. Although I did cut the oil, butter, salt and cheese by 1/2! It still tasted great!

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    This is more of a general comment. Why do almost all of the turkey recipes have cheese in them? Unless you’re making tacos, pizza or macaroni and cheese, I see little use for any cheese. Just make the dishes w/o it and they will come out just as good if not better. Turkey and cheese doesn’t even sound good.

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    Linda says:

    Just found this recipe, looks like perhaps it is about 4 1/2 years old. Looks great and I will make it, sadly our Trader Joe’s no longer stocks the precooked wild rice. I will make up the rices ahead of time so I can make this. Love the non-processed ingredients.

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    Alicia says:

    I made only a couple basic modifications. Used Wild Rice Medley from Trader Joe’s and added mushrooms. This recipe is amazing though. Everyone LOVED it! It is saved for an encore. Thank you.

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    Mary k Fortin says:

    Any ideas how I can make this recipe gluten free?

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    Christine says:

    Can you use quinoa instead of rice?

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    Molly says:

    I have made this twice and it is awesome! I am going to add mushrooms tonight and see how that works out.

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    Rachel says:

    Fantastic recipe. I have made it twice now and the second time I made with a wild rice blend with quinoa. Great flavor and a new family recipe! Thanks so much!

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    Erica says:

    I’ve made his several times and it is so easy and delicious. Filling and still feels relatively healthy with veg and rice instead of a mac and cheese pasta dish. Do you think it woul freeze well? Want to make it for a friend who is having a baby next week.

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    Laura says:

    I have made this several times and I love it! It has such a nice flavor. Have you ever tried freezing it. I was considering making it for someone who just had a baby and needs freezer meals.

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    Kelly Holman says:

    Question: If I prepare the recipe to the point of transferring to the 9×13 baking dish, can I freeze it and finish cooking it from a frozen state? If so, how long do you think it would take to heat through? Thank you for any advice about freezing! I’m a novice cook trying to gather some go-to recipes now that I have a toddler and this one looks delicious.

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      Jenny Dumdei says:

      I do that all the time because I use this recipe for birth, death, sickness family meals. Thaw before baking it.

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    Gini says:

    When you say 16oz wild rice — do you mean 16 oz dry wild rice (cooked) OR 2 C of cooked wild rice??

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    Jessi says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out absolutely amazing! Great recipe and I love that I didn’t need a can of condensed soup. Another reviewer suggested putting this in an acorn squash… Um, yes please! Can’t wait until they are in season. Thank you so much for such a delicious and easy recipe!

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    Kristy says:

    Yummy! Have you ever tried making a double or triple batch and freezing the leftovers for another time?

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    Debbie says:

    Does anyone know can this be made as a freezer meal? I would like to divide it up into smaller servings and freeze it to give as new mommy meals.

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    Kristin says:

    The 16 oz of prepared wild rice …. does this mean a whole 16 oz bag prepared? or 2 cups …

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    Liz says:

    So the white and wild rice should already be cooked?

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    Julie says:

    One of my families favorite recipes….so good and everyone likes it!!

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    Julie says:

    Love this recipe!! So good and the whole family likes it.

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    Christina Martin says:

    It says 3 stalks of celery, really, 3 stalks? Or do you mean 3 sticks? I’m confused because 3 while stalks seems like a lot and also, your ingredient picture shows one stalk. Please let me know what I need, thank you!

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    susan says:

    Trader Joe’s does not have the precooked wild rice in our location. I would like to know the weight of the bag and how much does it make when cooked. I have been “winging” it by making uncooked wild rice and guesstimating the volume.

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      Andrea says:

      I used 2 cups (just over) of my home made all natural Canadian pure wild rice that I cooked prior to, from scratch. I used 1 cup uncooked rice and it made about 2.5 (ish, I snacked on a bit to lower it lol), cups of cooked wild rice.

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    Bridget says:

    My husband loved this! I didn’t use all the broth/cheese mixture to save some calories, and it was still delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Andrea says:

    Just some constructive criticism. If you’re making this recipe for the first time, omit 95% of the salt it calls for. I halved mine and it was still WAY too much. Considering cheese is already very salty, and you add salt to both the wild rice and white rice when you cook it, adding any type of salt to the dish is really unnecessary. Too much salt has ruined this dish, however its an amazing dish and I will definitely make again, just be sure if its your first time, omit most of the salt if not all of it! 🙂 Happy cooking

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      Laura says:

      I disagree. I have made this recipe many times and think the seasoning is perfect. It’s one of my favorite dishes. I guess it depends on your salt preferences.

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      Melanie says:

      I think that seasoning in the recipe is perfect. I don’t put salt in my rice when I cook it though. I would adjust for that if you add it to the rice. We have made over 20 pans of this (at different times) and it is perfect every time.

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    Leila says:

    Made this tonight. It was delicious. Know a dish is well liked when my husband asked for more:) Much tastier than the old standby with mushroom soup and dry onion soup. Made enough for left over night and to freeze if we don’t have company. In place of Trader Joe’s rice I used my wild rice blend, !c dry.which made 16 oz cooked. Thank you.

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    Valerie says:

    A friend made this a few years ago and I’ve never forgotten how good it was! I made it for the first time last September and am making it tonight with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. I can’t wait for dinner!

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    Jennifer says:

    I keep finding your recipes when I am looking around SU. I would love to pick your brain on your camera settings and what(and how) you edit your photos!

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    Cindy says:

    So are you saying that you use a total of 3 1/2 C of shredded cheddar cheese?

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    Liz says:

    Followed the recipe exactly and it’s delicious! My husband and I like good hearty meals that you get plenty of leftovers from. This is definitely one of those recipes! Yum!!

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    susan m holloway says:

    My Trader Jos does not have precooked wild rice – but I found it at Target!

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    Denise says:

    This recipe looks amazing! It smelled so good while I was putting it together… I divided it in half into two 8 x 8 baking dishes since it’s just me and the hubby at home right now. I’ll look forward to pulling the other one out of the freezer sometime soon or even if we have last minute company one night!

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    Jenny Dumdei says:

    I love this recipe and have used it for a few years. Do you have a way to make it in an instant pot?

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