Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Denise's Test Kitchen
by Denise's Test Kitchen
6 servings
43 min

Have I mentioned just how much I love Cast Iron Skillet Cooking? I have recently started a subscription to Southern Cast Iron Magazine. And to say I love it would be an understatement. This Cheesy Chicken ad Rice Casserole recipe is right out of the Jan/Feb 2021 issue.

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This is one of the easiest recipes you will every make. All levels of cooks will be successful making this recipe.

All ingredients in one skillet.

During the winter months, many of us live off of casseroles. They are my go to when all else fails. I have even made casseroles for Family Dinner Night and every one leaves happy and full. And sometimes with a little bit of leftovers.

Breadcrumbs are never a bad thing, right?

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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 28 Minutes Total time: 43 min
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  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups cooked long gain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just tender, about 3 minutes. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually, whisk in stock and cream until smooth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; stir in 1 cup cheese, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper until cheese is melted and sauce heat; stir in chicken, rice, peas, and parsley.
In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, melted butter, and bread crumbs. Sprinkle onto casserole. Bake until topping is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
  • I didn't add the parsley.
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