Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

A comforting and hearty Chicken Wild Rice Casserole that combines tender chicken, earthy wild rice, and savory vegetables in a creamy, flavorful sauce. This wholesome dish is perfect for family dinners or potluck gatherings, offering a satisfying blend of textures and tastes in every bite.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

  • 1 cup wild rice, uncooked
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional, for topping)

Instructions: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook Wild Rice:
    • Rinse the wild rice under cold water. In a saucepan, combine the rice with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 45-50 minutes or until the rice is tender. Drain any excess liquid.
  3. Prepare Chicken and Vegetables:
    • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until browned. Remove the chicken and set aside.
    • In the same skillet, sauté the celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and mushrooms until softened.
  4. Make the Sauce:
    • Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and stir well to combine. Cook for 2 minutes to eliminate the raw flour taste.
    • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth and milk until the mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens. Season with thyme, sage, salt, and pepper.
  5. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked wild rice, sautéed vegetables, and browned chicken. Mix well to ensure all ingredients are evenly coated.
  6. Assemble and Bake:
    • Transfer the mixture to a greased casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle slivered almonds on top (if using), and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown.
  7. Serve:
    • Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy the comforting flavors of the Chicken Wild Rice Casserole!

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 15g
    • Saturated Fat: 7g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 35g
    • Dietary Fiber: 4g
    • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 30g

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