There are certain times when only a casserole will do. A new baby, a potluck, a get well meal – they all call for a casserole. They are easy to make, and most times they can hold until you need them. Put it in the oven to heat it through. The thing about a casserole is that they can get a bad rap and often need an update.

This chicken and wild rice casserole is one that I make often because I can take a few shortcuts if I am short on time. It is hearty, and it tastes really fresh. I try to roast a few extra chicken breasts the day before I am going to make this, but if I do not have time, I will buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I also buy the packages of wild rice mix and cook it according to the package directions. Serve with is a simple salad if you like, but it is great all on its own.

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
By Bree

Ingredients:

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, plus additional for greasing pan
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 pint mushrooms, sliced
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken stock
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 cups wild rice, cooked
1 small can artichoke hearts, quartered
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter. Melt 1 stick butter in a large Dutch oven or saucepan. Add the onion, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and mushrooms, and cook for 5 more minutes. Season well with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer, about 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine vegetables, chicken, wild rice, artichokes, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Check for seasoning. Pour the mixture into prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining 1/2 cup cheese and parsley.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.

You Might Also Like

Use softened butter for cookies and cakes.

Bringing butter to room temperature helps it incorporate better with other ingredients.

The Go Bold With Butter Enewsletter.

Get our latest recipes, tips for cooking with butter and more, delivered to your inbox every month.

COMMENTS

4 thoughts on “Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Dana said:

    Could spinach be incorporated into this? I have some that I should be using soon but I’m not sure what to do with it! Maybe chopping up the spinach and mixing it in the casserole before baking?

  2. Marie said:

    What happened to the rest of the directions? This sounds really good, but what I have now is a hot oven and an unbaked casserole! LOL

  3. realbutter said:

    Dana – Spinach sounds like a great addition.

    Marie – Thanks for the head’s up. The recipe has been updated.

  4. Van Tracy said:

    I will definitely try this at home! Sounds delicious.