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Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe

Delicious baked chicken and rice casserole serving on a Blue Willow plate

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In this post I’ll be sharing a delicious Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe.

Oven baked chicken and rice casserole is a favorite family dinner. The chicken and rice bake in the same casserole dish making preparation really easy. The simple recipe is a go to meal for busy families.

These days I prefer buying whole chickens and cutting them up myself. It saves a few dollars. You can buy the chicken already cut up if you prefer.

Creamy baked chicken casserole is so moist and delicious and is ready to serve in just over an hour.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Teal casserole dish with baked chicken and rice garnished with sliced spring onion

This easy casserole recipe takes about an hour to cook. The rice is so creamy and delicious and there are a couple of aromatic vegetables that lend extra flavor while it bakes.

While I chose to use a cream of mushroom soup in my dish, you could really use any of the creamed soups that are “great for cooking”, like cream of celery, cream of chicken or cream of onion.

Baked Chicken and Rice with Cream of Mushroom

Blue and white plate with a serving of chicken and rice casserole that was oven baked

This is truly a winning meal that deserves a place in your meal rotation schedule. Your entire family will love this tasty chicken dinner.

Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

How to make baked chicken and rice - collage of preparation

Preparation is super simple and fast for this chicken rice bake. I combine the rice with the creamy soup mixture, diced onion and celery. Arrange the chicken pieces over the rice. Yes, it’s really that easy! 

Busy moms and dads, this is the answer to “what should I fix for dinner after a long busy day?”.

cutting up a whole chicken

As I previously mention, I prefer buying the whole chicken and cutting it up myself. Once you get the hang of cutting up a chicken, it is so easy and takes just a couple of minutes.

I also like the fact that I have more control over the size of the chicken I need for my meal preparation.

Use kitchen shears to remove the backbone, or spatchcock, the chicken makes the cutting up process easier. I add the back bone to my collection of chicken parts in the freezer for making stock.

aluminum foil covered casserole

You’ll cover your casserole for much of the time that it bakes in the oven so that the rice has plenty of moisture to cook until tender.

Southern Baked Chicken and Rice

casserole with chicken

Once your chicken and rice come out of the oven, use a serving spoon or fork to fluff up the rice before serving. I recommend allowing the casserole to cool down slightly, about 10 minutes, before serving.

Serving of baked chicken and rice casserole

Doesn’t that look delicious? This is the best chicken and rice recipe. It is one of those meals that have been around forever and a day. A tried and true classic.

Let’s make this Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe!

Yield: 8 Servings

Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe

Blue and white plate with a serving of chicken and rice casserole that was oven baked

Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe is a delicious dinner recipe. The casserole takes just minutes to put together before it goes into the oven to bake.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. Whole Chicken, cut up
  • 1 tbsp. of Softened Butter (to grease the casserole dish)
  • 2- 15 oz. Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 c Chicken Stock (or broth)
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • ½ c Celery, diced
  • 1¼ c White Long Grain Rice
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1½ tsp of Salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ⅛ tsp Paprika (optional, to give the chicken skin color)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Use softened butter to grease the baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl; combine the cream of mushroom soup with chicken stock. Next add the rice, vegetables and seasonings; stir to combine. Pour the rice mixture in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  4. Arrange the chicken pieces on top of the rice mixture. Season the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle a little paprika on the chicken for added color to the skin as it bakes.
  5. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 564Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 485mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 50g
Simple chicken dinner recipe

This baked chicken and rice recipe has been proudly shared at Weekend Potluck.

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