Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

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Every home cook needs a deliciously cozy casserole recipe and this Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole takes the prize!

A combination of wild rice, mushrooms, and chicken is baked in a quick, creamy, cheesy sauce for a dish everyone will love!

top view of cooked Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole in the dish with Reynolds wrap beside it

I have partnered with Reynolds Wrap® to bring you this delicious chicken casserole recipe.

Time Saving Tips

A budget friendly crowd-pleaser, this recipe is very versatile!

  • The shortcut sauce requires no roux or slurry making it quick to stir together.
  • To save cleanup time, line the pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil before adding the casserole ingredients. I like using Heavy Duty Foil in this recipe as it’s extra strong and durable.
  • Use leftover rice, meat, or veggies!

Made in the U.S.A., Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil is perfect for lining pans for everything from lasagna to turkey dinner! The new box has a tab that keeps it fully closed for easy storage!

ingredients and Reynolds wrap to make Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Ingredients and Variations

RICE: Wild rice mixtures can vary in both the types of rice in the mixture and the cooking time. For this reason, the rice is pre-cooked to ensure a perfect casserole every time.

CHICKEN: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are quickly browned before adding to the mixture. If you have leftover rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breasts (or shredded chicken), those can be used too.

MUSHROOMS: We love the savory earthy flavor mushrooms add, we prefer brown or cremini mushrooms in this recipe. Mushrooms can be replaced with steamed broccoli.

SAUCE: The sauce in this recipe is simple and just needs to be stirred together. So easy! Swap out the cheddar for swiss or your own favorite cheese.

seasoned chicken on a plate to make Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

How to Make Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

  1. Line a 9×13 baking dish with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
  2. Saute onions & mushrooms. Add the rice and cook according to package directions.
  3. While the rice is cooking, brown the chicken breasts.
  4. Combine rice, sauce ingredients, and chicken in the prepared pan.
  5. Cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil and bake.

It is important that this casserole rests for at least 10 minutes before serving to thicken.

Cooking Tip: Covering the casserole with foil as it bakes helps it cook a bit faster and more evenly and keeps the top from drying out.

cooking chicken with other ingredients in bowls mixed and Reynolds wrap to make Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

To Make Ahead of Time

Chicken and wild rice casserole is easy to make ahead!

Refrigerator

Prepare the casserole up to 24 hours in advance, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. Set the casserole out while the oven preheats.

A casserole from the fridge is chilled throughout and will need extra time to cook. Keep it covered with foil while it bakes.

To Make This a Freezer Meal

This wild rice casserole freezes perfectly. Line the casserole dish with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.

Assemble the casserole and cover tightly with the foil. Freeze the casserole and then lift it from the casserole dish and wrap the casserole tightly with the heavy duty foil to help keep it safe from freezer burn.

To bake, remove the casserole from the freezer and place it back into the casserole dish. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake as directed below adding 15 minutes to the cook time.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with a spoon inside

What to Serve With Chicken Casserole

Round out this tasty casserole with a side of roasted cauliflower or steamed veggies (make that oven do double duty!) or add a crisp tossed salad.

Storing Leftovers

  • Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat on the stovetop, simply stir in a little milk.
  • To reheat in the oven, bake at 350°F for about 18-22 minutes (depending on the quantity leftover).
  • Freeze as directed above.

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Review Recipe

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
Chicken & wild rice casserole is a creamy & cheesy casserole that everyone loves.

Ingredients

  • 1 package wild rice mixture 6 ounces
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 6 ounces brown or cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breasts boneless skinless, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded, divided

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9x13 qt baking dish with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
  • Cook onion and mushrooms in a saucepan over medium heat until slightly softened.
  • Add rice to the saucepan along with the water required on the package and cook according to package directions.
  • While the rice is cooking, toss chicken with basil, thyme, and salt & pepper to taste. Brown chicken over medium heat in a skillet until all sides are browned and chicken is almost cooked through.
  • Combine the cooked rice and browned chicken with mushroom soup, sour cream, chicken broth, and ½ cup of cheddar cheese. Toss well to combine.
  • Spread into the prepared pan and cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil. Bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  • Rest 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

It is important to cover the casserole with foil as the steam allows it to continue cooking.
This casserole must rest 10 minutes before serving to thicken up.
Some brands of wild rice mixture come with a separate seasoning packet. This adds both flavor and salt to the dish. It can be used or left out based on personal preference.
Wild rice can be substituted for any kind of cooked rice. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 299, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 496mg, Potassium: 755mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 428IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 279mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Best Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole, Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole, Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole recipe, how to make Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
Course Casserole, Chicken, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. Made this tonight. Very disappointed. Texture was pasty but the taste was there. I wouldn’t make it again but I never stop looking and trying,

  2. Solid recipe, instructions slightly confusing, might need a pan larger than a saucepan as well. Thank you!4 stars

  3. I like 99.99% of your recipes, they are delicious always !
    Please keep them coming.
    God bless and keep you safe .

  4. I made this yummy recipe for dinner last night. I’m sure it didn’t need any additions, but since I can’t seem to “leave well enough alone,” I added a T. of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 c. Sherry. Also, used Gruyere cheese instead of cheddar since that’s what I had on hand.5 stars

    1. I love that Carolyn! I am glad you couldn’t “leave well enough alone” because those additions sound so delicious!