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Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole

The Campbells Chicken and Rice Casserole have always been one of our family’s favorites! Rich in creamy rice, tender chicken, and buttery Ritz crackers, this dish is absolutely delicious.

What Is Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole?

As a way to use Campbell’s condensed cream of chicken soup, the company introduced this homestyle casserole. There’s no doubt that the cheesy chicken and rice casseroles served at potlucks and delivered to friends in need all relied on this can of soup.

We are all housebound now, so there’s no better time than now to make your own condensed soup from scratch (no shame to the canned stuff!) The homemade version is made with just a few pantry staples – flour, broth, and milk – and I promise you won’t miss any of the classic creamy chicken flavors.

Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole
Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

  • Shredded chicken – You can use any kind of precooked chicken, shredded, or cubed. Listed below are a few options:
    • Baked chicken – Add salt and pepper to a chicken breast and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Shred or cube the chicken afterward.
    • Boiled chicken – The chicken should be boiled for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. Drain and shred or cube the chicken.
    • Rotisserie chicken – Choose an original flavor of rotisserie chicken. Pull the meat from the bones after removing the skin.
    • Leftover – This casserole can be made with leftover chicken as long as it has a neutral flavor.
    • Canned – In a pinch, canned chicken can also be used, but I prefer the options above.
  • Cream of chicken soup – I usually use the original Campbell’s cream of chicken soup. This recipe can be made with either one large or two small cans.
  • A minute or quick-cooking rice – In this recipe, it is very important to use quick-cooking rice. The recipe is designed for quick-cooking rice, so regular rice won’t work with it.
  • Chicken broth
  • Sour cream
  • Ritz crackers
  • Butter

Important note: For details on how long to cook the chicken at home for this delectable recipe, please see our earlier post on How Long To Bake A Whole Chicken At 425.

How To Make Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole?

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together the cream of chicken soup, cubed chicken breast, rice, chicken broth, and sour cream in a large bowl until everything is incorporated. Spread the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Put the Ritz crackers in a zip-top bag and roll them with a rolling pin. Then, reclose the bag and shake until the cracker crumbs are evenly coated in butter.
  4. Place the cracker mixture over the casserole and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crackers are golden and the rice is tender. Enjoy!

What to Serve with Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole?

Since this Campbell’s Chicken And Rice Casserole has classic savory flavors, it will pair well with many of your favorite homestyle side dishes. There are both classic options and some healthy options to keep it light.

You can choose one or add a few sides to make a wholesome, well-rounded dinner.

Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole
Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole

How To Make Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole Ahead?

This Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole make a delicious freezer meal. You can freeze it for up to 6 months for the best taste.

  1. Stir Campbell’s cream of chicken soup, cubed chicken breast, rice, chicken broth, and sour cream together in a large bowl. Transfer the mixture to a zip-top bag to freeze flat, or in another freezer-friendly container.
  2. When ready to prepare, transfer the casserole mixture from the freezer to the fridge to thaw for 24 to 48 hours.
  3. As with the recipe, spread the mixture in a casserole dish, finish with Ritz cracker topping and bake.

If desired, you can freeze whole Ritz Crackers or cracker crumbs with the meal, but I recommend adding the butter just before baking.

Recipe Variations

These little tips will do the trick if you’re as crazy about this recipe as we are and want to add a bit of variety!

  • Campbells Chicken Rice Broccoli Casserole – Add 2 cups of small broccoli florets to the rice mixture and continue with the recipe as directed. Fresh broccoli or thawed frozen broccoli can be used.
  • Cheesy Campbells Chicken and Rice Casserole – Rather than top the casserole with Ritz crackers, top it with shredded Colby jack cheese. The rice mixture can also be topped with additional cheese if you like it extra cheesy!
  • Creamy Campbells Chicken Mushroom Rice Casserole – As an alternative to one large can of Campbell’s Cream of chicken, use one regular-sized can of cream of chicken and one regular-sized can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup. In addition, I like to add about one cup of diced fresh mushrooms to the rice mixture as well. Proceed with the recipe and cook as directed.

Recipe Tips

  • Use Quick Cooking Rice – I mentioned it above, but it is worth repeating since I get the question so often. This recipe is for quick-cooking rice. Minute brand or store brand is fine, but it must be quick cooking. In order to get good results with another variety of rice, you may need to adjust both the liquid amount and cooking time.
  • White OR Brown riceThis chicken and rice recipe works with any kind of quick-cooking rice, so you can use white or brown rice according to your preference.
  • Rice should be added uncooked! Do not cook the rice before adding it to the casserole. It will bake up tender and fluffy.
  • Ritz Cracker topping – My family’s favorite part of the casserole is the topping! It is buttery, crispy, and absolutely delicious! To make it easy and mess-free, I put the crackers in a zip-top bag, then crush them with a rolling pin and add the butter right into the bag. You can then just add them to the casserole.
  • Make-ahead – To have it ready to bake as soon as you get home, prepare the chicken and rice part of the casserole up to 24 hours in advance and store it in the fridge. Top it with the crumb topping before baking.
  • Freezer Meal – You can also prepare this chicken and rice casserole as a freezer meal.

How To Reheat Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole In Air Fryer?

If you have leftover Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole from the night before, simply reheat it in an air fryer at 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for three to four minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole
Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole

FAQ Section

How To Store Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole?

Allow your Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole to come to room temperature then separate the leftovers into meal-sized portions and then place them in an airtight container and then into the fridge. If properly stored, your Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole can last for up to 3-4 in the fridge.

How freeze Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole leftovers?

Store Campbell’s Chicken And Rice Casserole leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer. If you do that, Campbell’s Chicken And Rice Casserole will last at least 1 month in the freezer.

How To Reheat Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole in the oven?

When reheating a Campbell’s Chicken And Rice Casserole, cover loosely with foil and bake until heated through (about 20-30 minutes). You can reheat individual portions in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Can I Reheat Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole in the Microwave?

When reheating individual portions, the microwave is your best bet, simply place the portion on a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 30-60 seconds until warmed to your liking.

Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole
Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole

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Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 411.9
  • Total Fat 5.4g
  • Saturated Fat 1.3g
  • Cholesterol 121.3mg
  • Sodium 644.7mg
  • Potassium 605.1mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 36.6g
  • Dietary Fiber 3.2g
  • Sugars 0.6g
  • Protein 50.9g
  • Vitamin A 48.4%
  • Vitamin C 12.1%
  • Calcium 3.4%
  • Iron 11.9%

Campbells Chicken And Rice Casserole

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 50 minutesServings:8 servingsCalories:411.9 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

The Campbells Chicken and Rice Casserole have always been one of our family’s favorites! Rich in creamy rice, tender chicken, and buttery Ritz crackers, this dish is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together the cream of chicken soup, cubed chicken breast, rice, chicken broth, and sour cream in a large bowl until everything is incorporated. Spread the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Put the Ritz crackers in a zip-top bag and roll them with a rolling pin. Then, reclose the bag and shake until the cracker crumbs are evenly coated in butter.
  4. Place the cracker mixture over the casserole and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crackers are golden and the rice is tender. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use Quick Cooking Rice – I mentioned it above, but it is worth repeating since I get the question so often. This recipe is for quick-cooking rice. Minute brand or store brand is fine, but it must be quick cooking. In order to get good results with another variety of rice, you may need to adjust both the liquid amount and cooking time.
  • White OR Brown rice – This chicken and rice recipe works with any kind of quick-cooking rice, so you can use white or brown rice according to your preference.
  • Rice should be added uncooked! Do not cook the rice before adding it to the casserole. It will bake up tender and fluffy.
  • Ritz Cracker topping – My family’s favorite part of the casserole is the topping! It is buttery, crispy, and absolutely delicious! To make it easy and mess-free, I put the crackers in a zip-top bag, then crush them with a rolling pin and add the butter right into the bag. You can then just add them to the casserole.
  • Make-ahead – To have it ready to bake as soon as you get home, prepare the chicken and rice part of the casserole up to 24 hours in advance and store it in the fridge. Top it with the crumb topping before baking.
  • Freezer Meal – You can also prepare this chicken and rice casserole as a freezer meal.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 411.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.4g9%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Cholesterol 121.3mg41%
Sodium 644.7mg27%
Potassium 605.1mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 36.6g13%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugars 0.6g
Protein 50.9g102%

Vitamin A 48.4%
Vitamin C 12.1%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 11.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.