Yummy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

This is an excellent comfort food dish to serve in the Autumn, as multi-colored leaves fall from the trees and carpet your lawn in saturated hues of orange, yellow, red and brown.

Sit outside beside a warm fire with some of your closest family and friends. Inhale that crisp Autumn air, and keep your insides warm with this wonderful casserole.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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Serves:
6
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

3 c
soup base (more on this later)
1 c
long grain white rice cooked al dente
1 lb
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted
1 c
yellow onion, small dice
3/4 c
celery, sliced
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 c
fresh or frozen peas (optional)
1/2 c
broccoli florets (optional)
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
6 slice
provolone cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 c
panko breadcrumbs
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, grated

Step-By-Step

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1PREP/PREPARE

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2Gather your ingredients.

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3Chef’s Note: The soup base is one of the ingredients that makes this dish. As I’ve mentioned before, I seldom cook using processed or canned ingredients, and this casserole is no exception to the rule. Here’s the recipe for the base of this casserole. It’s easy to produce, and makes all the difference in the world.
Master Recipe: Cream of "Whatever" Soup Base

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4Cook the rice using 50% less water than recommended, and cut the cooking time in half. I want the rice cooked, but not “fully” cooked.

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5Cook the chicken breasts, and then shred, and reserve.

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6Chef’s Note: I like to season them with a bit of salt and pepper, and then sauté them in some butter and oil.

You can purchase pre-shredded chicken from your local market... But where's the fun in that?

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7Mix the panko, and Parmesan together, and reserve.

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8Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).

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9Lightly butter an ovenproof baking dish (9x13), and reserve.

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10Add the butter to a sauté pan over medium heat.

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11When the foaming subsides, add the onion, celery, and garlic.

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12Sauté until the onions begin to soften, but not brown, about 3 – 5 minutes.

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13Reduce the heat to low, and add the shredded chicken, the soup base, and the rice.

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14Chef’s Note: If you are using the optional peas, and broccoli, add them now.

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15Stir until the mixture is warmed through, but not boiling.

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16Chef’s Tip: If the mixture is a bit thick, add a little chicken stock to thin it down.

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17Chef’s Note: At this point taste and do any final seasoning (salt, pepper, etc.).

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18Add the mixture to the reserved baking dish.

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19Place the Provolone slices over the top of the mixture.

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20Top with the Parmesan/Panko mixture.

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21Bake in the preheated oven until the top begins to lightly brown, about 30 minutes.

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22PLATE/PRESENT

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23My favorite way to serve this is rustic style. Place the baking dish on a sideboard with a big spoon, and tell your guests to dig in. Add some good crusty bread, and a nice side salad, and you’re in business. Enjoy.

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24Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Collection: Winter Recipes