Creamy French Onion Chicken and Rice Casserole
This chicken and rice casserole is serious comfort food! My whole family loves how flavorful it is, and I love that it’s super simple to throw together for busy nights!
I have this weird new food obsession.
It seems so random. I mean, I’ve always liked rice just fine, it’s just not something that I ever really craved or cooked, unless it was my Bacon Fried Rice. <— Can never get enough of that one!
Lately, though, I’m obsessed.
I think it has something to do with white rice made in my Instant Pot. It’s the most perfect rice I’ve ever had. Shall I share my recipe sometime?
Anyway, my family is getting sick of plain white rice, so I thought I’d continue my obsession and create something with a little more excitement and flavor.
Enter the casserole – my favorite way to serve dinner. 😉
Does anyone serve casseroles for dinner multiple times a week or is it just me?
I feel like it’s just me.
You see, my mama doesn’t like casseroles and never served them to us as kids, so I’m just making up for lost time.
Also, I’m from the midwest, and I feel like we’re basically required to like casseroles around these parts.
This chicken rice casserole is pure comfort food and it’s totally simple to throw together.
I seasoned this chicken and rice recipe with my favorite little packet of onion soup mix.
What is it about those onion soup mixes that are so yummy? I love using them.
Check out my French Onion Soup Sliders for a tasty burger.
Those little packets mixed with some sour cream are up there in the running for favorite dip, too. Right next to the ranch dip made with dry ranch powder.
I have a problem with those little packets of seasoning, apparently.
Anyway, this chicken rice casserole comes together with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. I think you’re going to love this one just as much as we did. Total comfort food and perfect for a chilly day.
I’ve heard from quite a lot of readers about this recipe since it went viral on Facebook. (Are you following me on Facebook? You should!)
Troubleshooting this chicken and rice bake:
This recipe has been getting mixed reviews – those of you who have success with the rice cooking through just love this recipe. But, there is a group of people who are having trouble getting their rice to cook properly.
My biggest tip to ensure that the recipe is cooked properly is to be sure that the foil is on TIGHT. You need the steam to stay inside the pan to cook that rice properly.
And don’t be afraid to let it cook a bit longer if it’s not quite done. The chicken is cooking with the rice, so I know a lot of people are worried it’s going to dry out after being in the oven for so long. But, it’s all up in that steam and liquid and it really doesn’t dry out. It comes out nice and tender, just the way we like it.
So, with those tips, I have you have success with this recipe! It really is a keeper!
Chicken and rice casserole recipe:
French Onion Chicken and Rice
PLEASE NOTE: The rice will not cook through in the allotted time if the foil is not tightly sealed during baking. The chicken should not dry out as it's nestled down in the rice mixture and sealed tightly with foil, keeping in the steam. If, after the full 75 minutes of cooking, the rice is still not quite tender, keep it covered tightly with foil outside of the oven for an extra ten minutes. The steam inside the dish will finish off the rice.
- 2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
- 2 cups milk
- 20 ounces cream of chicken soup
- 1 packet Onion Soup mix
- 1 pound chicken tenderloins
- 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
- 1 teaspoon parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Add the rice, milk, cream of chicken soup, and soup mix to a bowl and stir well to combine.
Pour rice mixture into the baking dish and place chicken tenderloins over the top.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for 60 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.
Remove the foil and top with the grated cheese. Cover and return to oven for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.
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