Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
Recipe from Southern Living

Chicken-and-Wild-Rice casserole is a classic comfort food recipe perfect for using up leftover cooked chicken.  Try roasting a whole chicken on Sunday night, then make this casserole later in the week for a quick and easy dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 1 (6.2-ounce) package fast-cooking long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (6-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (2.5-ounce) package sliced almonds

Preparation

  1. Cook rice mix according to package directions; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and saute until tender. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add broth, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  3. Stir in rice, chicken, and next 6 ingredients. Spoon into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Top with almonds.
  4. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

November 2000