This hearty Chicken and Rice Casserole is a comforting weeknight meal. A great way to use up leftover chicken, or turkey too!
When you’re looking for a quick and easy, yet comforting, weeknight meal, this Chicken and Rice Casserole is exactly what you need. It’s loaded with tender chicken, veggies and rice. And not to mention the crispy buttery crackers on top.
Like I said, this one is comforting, friends!
Let’s talk about everything you’re going to need to make it.
When I developed this recipe I wanted to add in a lot of the flavors that you find in Chicken Noodle Soup so you’ll find the same herbs and vegetables that you find in that comforting soup.
This chicken and rice casserole is easy to make. I’ll walk you through it with these step by step photos and instructions.
STEP #1: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme and sage. Cook just until vegetables start to soften. About 3 minutes.
STEP #2: Whisk in flour. Allow to cook for 1 minute to cook the flour.
STEP #3: Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer. Whisk 1 tablespoon of the hot broth into the cream to temper it. Slowly whisk tempered cream into the pan. Simmer sauce until it thickens slightly. This should take about 10 minutes.
STEP #4: Stir in chicken and rice. Season mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Place in a casserole dish. At this point you can stop, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
STEP #5: Sprinkle crushed butter crackers on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes or until edges are bubbly.
Chicken and Rice Casserole will reheat well! A quick warm up in a 325 degree oven until warmed through. You might want to add more crackers to the top to make them crunchy again.
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