Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole


This was one of my favorite meals.  It did take a bit of prep work to get it all together but if you're organized it's isn't too bad. 

I like to cook up a bunch of chicken in the crockpot when it's on sale and portion it into 10 - 12 oz. bags in the freezer.  Then it's all ready to pull out when I need a quick chicken salad or a meal like this.

Cook the rice in the morning when you're making breakfast or getting ready to leave.  Chuck it in the refrigerator and then it's all set to just mix and put in the oven.


I love Alfredo sauce but don't eat it much now that I'm not eating pasta.  I haven't found a gluten free pasta that I love enough to eat. Well, this was awesome because I got my alfredo taste with rice and a whole bunch of other fantastic flavors along with it.




Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Adapted from Healthy 4 Life

5 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked regular brown rice
3/4 cups uncooked wild rice
1 jar (10 oz) Classico Alfredo pasta sauce
1 cup sour cream, light
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 lb. chicken breasts, uncooked
1 can (15 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
1 bag (16 oz) mixed vegetables, thawed

Cook chicken, cool slightly and shred or cup up. Set aside.

In a saucepan, heat water, brown rice and wild rice until boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 - 50 minutes or until rices are tender. Drain if necessary.

Heat oven to 350. Spray 9 x 13 in baking dish with cooking spray. In a very large bowl, mix pasta sauce, sour cream, broth, parmesan cheese, thyme and pepper until well mixed. Stir in rice mixture, chicken and vegetables. Spoon into baking dish.
Bake uncovered for 40 - 50 minutes.

One Year Ago...






This is linked with:
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff

Hearth and Soul at 21st Century Housewife
Tasty Tidbits at Permanent Posies
Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Works for Me Wednesday at Works for me Wednesday
Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Whole Foods Wednesday at This Chick Cooks
Gluten Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Homemaker
 The Mommy Club at Crystal & Co.

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11 comments:

  1. This looks yummy and pretty healthy, too. I love your idea of cooking off the chicken ahead of time in your slow cooker. Going to do that next time I buy one of those family packs!

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  2. That's a pretty and delicious looking dish! Much prettier than the chicken rice casserole I made last night. I have a jar of Alfredo sauce in my pantry....will be making this!

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  3. Love all the veggies going on in this dish! Have a great day Debbi!

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  4. What a colorful dish! Love the alfredo sauce in it too and the idea of cooking the chicken ahead of time. Anything that saves me time, I'm all for it :)

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  5. This looks and sounds wonderful Debbi. I really like using wild rice in recipes, it gives such a lovely texture and flavour. I like the idea of the Alfredo sauce too!

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  6. It looks so pretty and tasty, nephews would love this, they are huge alfredo fans.

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  7. We always have brown rice pasta and don't even notice the difference anymore... have you tried that?

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  8. Yum! I love wild rice. This looks and sounds delicious!!

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  9. I love your blog and your healthy choices in your recipes. You gave such great tips too! Would love for you to link up and share your recipes with us at Kids in the Kitchen. You can link up here: http://younglivingoillady.com/home/kids-in-the-kitchen-link-up-week-7/
    Have a great week Debbi and hope to see you there!

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  10. Stopping by from the Hearth & Soul Tuesday Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  11. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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