The best chicken and rice casserole is easier than you think. 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time are all you need to make this satisfying and healthy chicken dinner tonight. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to prepare this oven-baked rice and chicken casserole. Simply fill a baking dish with lean chicken breasts, add long-grain rice, cream of mushroom soup, and onion soup seasoning. Bake until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through and you have a one-dish dinner ready!
The steps to prepare this dish are so simple. It takes just five minutes of prep time and about an hour and 15 minutes in the oven to make this easy dinner.
To start, prepare a baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray. This helps prevent sticking. Add chicken breasts to the prepared dish, then cover them with 1 cup of long-grain white rice. Add a packaged of onion soup seasoning, a can of cream of mushroom soup and some water. Place the dish in the oven and come back about an hour and 15 minutes later to a delicious-smelling and tasting dinner.
No, it’s not necessary to cook the rice first. In fact, that would yield very mushy rice. The rice cooks right along with the chicken in the oven. It soaks up all the delicious flavors from the onion soup seasoning and the cream of mushroom soup. The result is perfectly tender white rice packed with flavor.
The chicken will also cook with the rice in the oven, so there’s no need to pre-cook the chicken breasts. Instead, they turn juicy and tender in the cooking liquid, soaking up all of that delicious flavor.
– Other kinds of rice may have different cooking times, so it’s best to stick with long-grain white rice for this recipe.
– You can substitute the package of onion soup mix with a homemade seasoning if you prefer.
– Condensed cream of mushroom soup provides the best flavor, especially because you will thin it out with water.
– If your casserole isn’t finished after 1 hour and 15 minutes, keep cooking until the grains of rice are fully cooked, which may take another 10 minutes depending on your oven.