"Funeral Casserole"

Rhonda Gibson Recipe

By Rhonda Gibson bettyboop42413


A friend of mine calls this her "go to funeral casserole" to take to a family that has lost a loved one. I also think it's a great casserole just to throw together for any family gathering or just a fun family night when you don't want to be in the kitchen all night.

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6 slice
bacon, uncooked
1 c
white rice
chicken breasts
1 can(s)
condensed cream of chicken soup
1 c
1 tsp
3 Tbsp
dried parsley flakes
1 pinch
ground nutmeg
2 dash(es)
garlic powder

Directions Step-By-Step

1. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with the bacon. 2. Pour the uncooked rice over the bacon, then lay the chicken breasts on top of the rice. 3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients-- using a pinch of nutmeg and a few shakes of garlic salt/powder. 4. Pour the whisked mixture over the rice, then cover the dish with heavy duty foil. 5. Bake at 300 for 2 hours. You could top this with either a handful of shredded cheddar cheese or some crushed Ritz crackers before baking to make a different variation.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Casseroles

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Doreen Fish dfish
Mar 25, 2011
looks good...thank u!!
Kellie Simpson KitchunLub
Mar 25, 2011
I wonder if everybody does the "funeral" casserole thing, or if it's mostly people from the south. I don't know how many northerners know about "sittin up with the dead" lol
Doreen Fish dfish
Mar 25, 2011
Yes it is done in Canada too Kellie........
Rachael P cafenoir
Apr 13, 2011
My family was one of those northerners who would send over the funeral casserole dish, or even the new neighbors moving in, Mom would send something over. But when we moved to Arizona, we noticed our neighborhood didn't practice any of these customs. No matter where you're from, I think it's a thoughtful and compassionate custom to practice.
Sharon Nunn cookin2music
Oct 22, 2011
When a member of my church passes, we always have a reception for the family and friends in the church fellowship hall after the funeral. The church provides a meat (like fried chicken, ham biscuits, etc.), and the people who attend bring a dish to go along. This keeps the family from having to entertain at their home after the funeral. (Who wants the prep and cleanup after a hard day like that)? I think it's a wonderful custom.
Diane Whitbeck IRPELLC
Aug 9, 2012
Has anybody but me ever wondered why we eat after a funeral? If I was close to the person, I often don't feel up to the eating and socializing. But I read that the reason is that we do it to affirm life and our innate desire to live on. I suppose that makes sense.
Rose Selvar potrose
Aug 1, 2013

I found this recipe in a new cookbook put together by Nancy Patrykus. If she had not put this in her cookbook I never would have found it. This sounds like a recipe that my hubby and I would like. We go to church pot lucks and this would be good for that as well as one of those funeral meals. Thanks for posting it!! 8/1/13