Experience the Delight of the Perfectly Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole
Are you searching for a quick and mouthwatering chicken recipe that can be prepared in less than 15 minutes? Look no further than the extraordinary Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole! This delectable dish, made with a combination of Knorr Rice Sides and other simple ingredients, is an ideal choice for busy weeknights, special occasions, or whenever you’re in the mood for some good old-fashioned comfort food.
To create this tantalizing casserole, gather a 3-quart baking dish (such as a 9×13 or 10×14) and the following ingredients:
- 2 Knorr Rice Sides, Cheddar and Broccoli Flavor, 5.5 oz.
- 1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
- 1 cup of Water
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- ½ tablespoon of Seasoned Salt (adjust to taste)
- Pepper for flavor
- 1 teaspoon of Basil (optional)
- ½ tablespoon of Garlic Salt
- 1 can of Nacho or Cheddar Cheese Soup
Once you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to assemble the casserole. Begin by pouring both rice packages into the baking dish. Then, add the cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and water. Whisk everything together until thoroughly combined.
Next, arrange the chicken breasts on top of the rice mixture. Sprinkle the seasoned salt, pepper, basil (if desired), and garlic salt over the chicken, ensuring even coverage. Lastly, spoon the cheese soup on top of the chicken, spreading it evenly.
Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour and 45 minutes. For a golden brown finish, remove the foil and broil the dish for 3-5 minutes, being careful not to let it burn.
Serve the Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole with your favorite side dishes and relish each delightful bite. This recipe is destined to become a beloved family favorite and pairs perfectly with various sides like Broccoli, Rice & Cheese Casserole or German Cucumber Salad.
Exploring Substitutions in the Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole
Looking to introduce different flavors or substitute ingredients? Here are some alternative options you can consider for the Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole:
- Rice Mix: While we recommend using Knorr Rice Sides, Cheddar and Broccoli Flavor, feel free to experiment with other brands or flavors of pre-made rice mixes.
- Cream Soup: If you don’t have or prefer one of the cream soups, you can use only cream of chicken or cream of mushroom.
- Chicken: If you’re not fond of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, try using boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. They work equally well and provide a different twist to the dish.
- Seasonings: Embrace your creativity with the seasonings! In addition to seasoned salt, you can incorporate your favorite herbs and spices such as basil, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, or paprika.
- Veggies: Seeking an extra nutritional boost? Chop up 2 cups of fresh broccoli and mix it into the casserole for a flavorful and colorful addition.
Now that you possess all the necessary information, let’s get cooking! To access a printable version of the recipe, sign up for my daily email list here or scroll down to find the recipe card below. Prepare yourself for an incredible gastronomic adventure with the Best Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole!
Published October 2020, updated July 2022