Chicken, Wild Rice, and Vegetable Casserole


This stick-to-the-ribs casserole makes perfect potluck fare. Serving chicken in chunks rather than whole breasts makes it easy for diners to take just a spoonful. Don't be surprised, however, if they come back for more.

Chicken, Wild Rice, and Vegetable Casserole
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 6 ounce package long grain and wild rice mix

  • 3 cup chopped cooked chicken

  • 2 cup frozen French-cut green beans, thawed

  • 1 10.75 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup

  • 1 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained

  • ½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 3 tablespoon sliced almonds

  • 1 2 ounce jar sliced pimientos, drained

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)


  1. Cook rice mix according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, in an extra-large bowl combine chicken, green beans, cream of celery soup, water chestnuts, mayonnaise, onion, almonds, pimientos, and lemon juice. Add cooked rice mixture to chicken mixture; stir to combine. Spoon into a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. (To serve today, omit Step 3 and continue with Step 4, except bake, covered, for 30 minutes.)

  3. Cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap, then with foil. Chill for up to 24 hours. (Or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours or until completely thawed before baking.)

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. If chilled, remove plastic wrap. Cover with foil. Bake chilled casserole for 45 minutes. (Or bake thawed casserole for 55 minutes.) Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until heated through and cheese melts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

422 Calories
24g Fat
30g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 422
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 773mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 14.2mg 71%
Calcium 232.2mg 18%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 250mg 5%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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