A large spoonful of Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
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Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole Recipe

Creamy and flavorful, Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole is full of tender chicken, cheese, water chestnuts, and a blend of seasoned white and wild rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: easy recipe for chicken and wild rice casserole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 2 cups chicken cooked and cubed
  • 6 oz long grain and wild rice box
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 8 oz water chestnuts drained and sliced
  • 2-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 10.5 oz cream of mushroom soup; you can substitute cream of celery or cream of chicken soup can
  • 8 oz sour cream container
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare the rice according to the package directions and set aside.
  • Add 2 Tbsp butter to a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the onions and celery. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and tender.
  • Add the water chestnuts, rice, chicken, 2-1/2 cups cheese, mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, kosher salt and pepper and mix to combine.
  • Coat a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and add the chicken and rice mixture.
  • Melt remaining 1 Tbsp butter and mix with the panko crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the casserole is bubbling and the breadcrumbs are brown and toasty.
  • Remove from the oven, let sit for 5-10 minutes and serve.




Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1750IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 660mg | Iron: 1.4mg