Recipes like this Chicken Wild Rice Casserole were a staple in our household when I was growing up. My mother was always incredibly busy, so one-dish meals like this that would serve our entire family were a great help to her!
Mama ran a full-time business in addition to chasing around after three girls in multiple after school activities – band, chorus, majorettes, beauty pageants…you name it, at least one of us was involved in it. I sometimes wonder how she managed it all plus keeping house and cooking.
All of that is why she needed recipes like this. Casseroles are a great solution for any busy family. Pop the casserole in the oven and while it bakes, prep a green vegetable like broccoli or green beans and some fresh rolls and dinner is ready.
Although this isn’t my mother’s recipe, it’s very much like some of hers. As a matter of fact, she made a scrumptious chicken casserole after Christmas that the youngest grandbaby just couldn’t get enough of!
This Chicken and Wild Rice casserole is packed full of goodness from the creamy sauce to the mushrooms and pimientos to the sliced almonds on top. Hope you enjoy this one!
How to Make Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole:
Cook the rice mix according to the package directions. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the onion and celery in the butter until tender but not brown.
Remove from the heat and stir in the flour.
Drain the mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Add enough chicken broth to the mushroom liquid to measure 1 1/2 cups total. Place the pan back over the heat and stir in the mushroom/broth mixture.
Add the half and half and cook, stirring gently, until the mixture thickens.
Add the cooked rice mix, mushrooms, chicken, pimiento, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir gently until well mixed.
Turn into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with sliced almonds. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to cool briefly before serving.
More chicken casserole recipes you might enjoy:
- Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Gimme Some Oven
- Chicken and Mushroom Casserole from Natasha’s Kitchen
- Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole from Cookies and Cups
- Alice Springs Chicken Casserole from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole from Buns in My Oven