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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole is packed full of all the creamy comforts of a home cooked meal. It’s grandma’s chicken and rice made easily, conveniently, and as deliciously as if made from scratch.

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole on a white plate with fork

It’s May and graduation season is here. I say this is a record year for graduations in my house. My daughter just completed two years of college, my husband completed his Masters in Physician Assistant studies and my son is graduating from high school. Whew, tears a welling up as I type this.

I have to say I am a proud mom and wife. These are my people and they make my heart complete. We have so much to be celebrating and are blessed abundantly. However, this momma is also needs just a little bit of comfort to get through all these emotional milestones! Anyone else out there like a big hug wrapped up in a casserole that tastes like grandma’s lovin’?

This casserole has so much flavor and comes together in a cinch. I am all about making easy meals that taste amazing. Casseroles are perfect for sharing too! This week we are planning for a graduation party with two of my son’s friends and this was the perfect quick and easy dinner. Not to mention it added plenty of comfort to me too!

A few of the parents came over to work on items for the party and they loved it. I served it with Instant Pot Garlic Green Beans , some rolls and dinner was done!

a fork taking a bite out of this almond cake with blueberry whipped cream, powdered sugar, fresh mint, and fresh blueberries

Oh I cannot forget dessert. They each got their very own Mini Almond Bundt Cake with Fresh Blueberry Whipped Cream! Y’all check out how easy those are too! 

What you need for Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Cream of Celery Soup
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Salt, Pepper, & Onion Powder
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Rice
  • Cheddar Cheese Blend
  • Panko Crumbs
  • Butter

How to Make a Super Easy Chicken and Rice Dinner

Gather up your easy ingredients!

a lineup of all of the ingredients needed to make this easy chicken and rice casserole

In a large bowl mix the soups, salt, pepper & onion powder, water, & milk together. Add in chicken, cheese and rice and mix until well combined.

Chicken, Cheese and Soup Mixture in glass bowl

Pour into prepared baking dish. Tope with panko crumbs and drizzle with butter.

a clear glass casserole dish filled with dry rice for this easy baked chicken and rice casserole

Bake at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes uncovered.

Chicken and Rice Casserole just out of the oven

Chicken and Rice Casserole is certainly a perfect dish for easy weeknight meals, sharing with a friend in need or tasty enough for a Sunday Dinner! So y’all make sure you pin it for later! You will want to make this time and time again! Hope you enjoy!

Easy Chicken and Rice with casserole dish

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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole on a white plate with fork
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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole is packed full of all the creamy comforts of a home cooked meal. It’s grandma’s chicken and rice made easily, conveniently, and as deliciously as if made from scratch. 
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  • 4 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups instant rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese blend, shredded
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups panko crumbs
  • 4 to 6 tsp butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Remove skin from rotisserie chicken. Pull off meat from bones and chop into bite size pieces.
  • In a large bowl mix together soups, salt, pepper, onion powder, milk, water. Add in chicken, rice, and cheese and mix until well combined. 
  • Pour into baking dish.
  • Top with panko crumbs and drizzle with butter. (You may also combine the melted butter and crumbs and them sprinkle on top of casserole. 
  • Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 10Servings Calories: 510kcal (26%) Carbohydrates: 29g (10%) Protein: 35g (70%) Fat: 28g (43%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 133mg (44%) Sodium: 1268mg (55%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! I did tweak it a lil I cooked onion and diced carrots in chicken broth only used cream of chicken soup only and also shredded the chicken.I didn’t add the topping me and my husband aren’t fans of panko but it was so very good. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Thank you so much Stephanie! I am so glad to hear you loved it so much. If you want some crunch you could do a butter cracker topping instead, but it really is so good without as well.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this for the first time and it is definitely going to be a staple in my meal rotation. Not only is it super easy it is also delicious

    1. Thank you so much, Hayley! I am thrilled to know this will make its way onto your table often. Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    This is one my families favorite dishes. I used to cook mine in the slow cooker, by which takes too long. This recipe is a hit and thank you from my house to yours for sharing this yummy treasure.

  4. 4 stars
    It tasted great but was a little dry. I took it out at the recommended cook time and felt the rice was not quite done so I put it back in. I am sure that is where the dryness came from. Ovens cook differently, so I am gonna add a little more milk and chicken broth (I used broth instead of water).

    I used more quantity of the spices but also added poultry seasoning, garlic powder and thyme. I opted for the ritz cracker topping.

    I would definitely make it again.

  5. My husband has been talking about a Chicken and Rice casserole since I met him. I could never find anything close to what he described. Then I found this. He asks for this meal all the time. For such a simple meal, it is delicious. I give it an A++++++++++

  6. Just made this but used basmati rice and cooked the rice before mixing all the ingredients. In the oven now…hope I didn’t ruin it!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this last night! So easy and delicious! Wondering if you have ever tried adding vegetables to it for something different, although like I said, it is delicious exactly as is! Thank you!!

    1. I have not added veggie in this. I bet they would be delicious. I often serve it with broccoli. I will have to give it a try.

    1. Christina, did you scroll to the bottom where the recipe card is? I just checked and I am able to see it. If you are still having an issue please let me know and I will look into it further.