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wild rice chicken casserole primavera

a recipe by
Julie Bailey
Durham, NC

If you're looking for a scrumptious and easy to make chicken casserole for a family night meal, search no further! I make this casserole using pre-cooked shredded chicken sold in 2-pound vacuum sealed packages at one of the big-box stores and it makes everything easier! However, if you want to boil a chicken and pull your own, go for it. Whichever method, I'm sure that this recipe will quickly become a family favorite!

serves 6 to 8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For wild rice chicken casserole primavera

  • 1 c
    wild and long grain rice
  • 1 1/2 c
    water or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 c
    cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 can
    cream of mushroom soup (i use campbell's cream of shitake & cremini soup)
  • 1/2 c
    mixed peas with carrots
  • 1/2 c
    corn (frozen, fresh or canned)
  • 1 can
    green beans (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 c
    mushrooms, chopped (we like ours chunky but sliced works fine)
  • 1 c
    canned french fried onion rings
  • 4 c
    shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c
    chicken stock or water
  • salt & pepper to taste

How To Make wild rice chicken casserole primavera

  • 1
    In medium pan, saute the onion in the butter, then add the rice and stir to coat rice with butter. Add 1-1/2 cups of the hot water, stir to mix well. Bring to a boil, stir once more, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for 15-minutes and remove from heat.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, except 2 cups of cheese and the French fried onion rings.
  • 3
    Spray a 4 to 6 quart casserole dish with cooking spray (I prefer butter flavored, but use what you like). Pour the rice and chicken mixture into the casserole dish and spread evenly.
  • 4
    Cover top with remaining 2 cups of cheese. Crumble the French fried onion rings on top of the cheese. Bake at 350-degrees for 35 to 40 minutes until hot and cheese is melted and golden. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.