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One-Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole

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One Pot Chicken and Rice is one of our favorite go-to pantry staple meals that comes together in just a few minutes and cooks for 30-40 minutes on the stove!

This easy chicken and rice recipe is classic comfort food, gluten-free and filled with ingredients you most likely have on hand already!

This recipe came to me because I wanted to create a meal with only the ingredients we had in our freezer and pantry.

Chicken and rice topped with parsley in a sauté pan with a wooden spoon.

Realistic meals that the whole family will love is a win-win!

Plus, there’s really nothing not to love about a one-pan meal! Super convenient chicken and rice dishes are easy to make and flavorful!

Ingredients you need for this easy chicken and rice recipe

Here is what you’ll need! You’ll be surprised how many ingredients you already have on hand.

Ingredients needed to make a chicken and rice casserole in small glass dishes and bowls.

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  • Chicken: Chicken breasts or chicken thighs work. 2 boneless chicken breasts or ~4 small chicken thighs.
  • Olive oil: Used for sautéing the onion and browning the chicken.
  • Onion: Yellow or white preferred for this meal.
  • Mushrooms: White button mushrooms.
  • Cream of mushroom soup: I use a 10.5 oz. can – you can also use cream of chicken.
  • Chicken broth: Chicken broth or vegetable broth. I’ve tested it with both and it’s delicious either way!
  • Rice: Any long grain white rice; Basmati or Jasmine. I have not tested with brown rice.
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder
An up close image of chicken, mushrooms and rice garnished with fresh parsley.

How to Make One-Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole

Note: You’ll need a large skillet or large frying pan for this recipe. Keep in mind it will need to hold all of the broth and rice so it needs to be deep, not shallow.

Step by step photos making a chicken and rice one pot casserole meal.

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  1. Cube thawed chicken breasts into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Heat skillet on stove over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and once hot, add in chicken pieces. Brown on each side, adding more olive oil if needed and stirring occasionally. Chicken won’t cook all of the way, this is just to brown the chicken and get some nice color on each piece. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in pan and sauté onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and garlic powder. Stir and cook for ~5 minutes or until onions become translucent and mushrooms are cooked down.
  4. Add the soup & browned chicken pieces in, stir. Add in rice, stir.
  5. Lastly add in the broth and gently stir. Bring this to a simmer, then turn heat down to low, cover with a lid and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until rice is cooked and tender.
  6. Serve with broccoli or a side salad – yum! Easy chicken and rice casserole for the win.
Chicken, rice and mushrooms in a skillet garnished with parsley.

Can I add more vegetables to this?

Yes! What’s so great about these comforting one-pan meals is that they are totally versatile and you can be flexible with ingredients you add in. Broccoli, carrots and bell peppers are great options!

Chicken rice and broccoli on a grey plate garnished with parsley.

Tips for Making the Best Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • Use different veggies! Or add roasted veggies on top of the casserole once it’s cooked.
  • Make for meal prep! The leftovers are just as good and great for lunch for 3-4 days.
  • Use any chicken you have. If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, use that! Boneless chicken breasts, chicken thighs…it all works!
  • Add your own favorite seasoning blends when cooking the chicken and/or veggies!

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4.65 from 45 reviews

One-Pan Chicken and Rice Casserole

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
A classic comfort meal using pantry staple ingredients! One Pot Chicken & Rice Casserole is easy to prepare, uses cream of mushroom soup & is gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, thawed (1 -1 1/4lb chicken)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 Medium white onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz. white button mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1, (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup (gluten free if needed)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups white rice

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Instructions 

  • Cube thawed chicken breasts into small, bite-sized pieces.
    2 chicken breasts, boneless, thawed
  • Heat skillet on stove over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and once hot, add in chicken pieces. Brown on each side, adding more olive oil if needed and stirring occasionally. Chicken won't cook all of the way, this is just to brown the chicken and get some nice color on each piece. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate.
    2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • Add remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in pan and sauté onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and garlic powder. Stir and cook for ~5 minutes or until onions become translucent and mushrooms are cooked down.
    1/2 Medium white onion, diced small, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 4 oz. white button mushrooms, roughly chopped, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. Dried thyme, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • Add the soup and chicken in, stir. Then add in rice, stir. Lastly add in the broth and gently stir. Bring this to a simmer, then turn heat down to low, cover with a lid and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until rice is cooked and tender.
    1, (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup (gluten free if needed), 4 cups chicken broth, 2 cups white rice
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve with broccoli or a side salad – enjoy!

Equipment

Wooden spoon

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Notes

Substitutions: 
  • Use chicken thighs in place of breasts
  • Use cream of chicken in place of cream of mushroom
  • Add a different veggie: carrots, broccoli or bell peppers

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 383kcal (19%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Megan from The Broke Girl Table.

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Tonia Marinucci

I love all your recipes especially the baking ones. Any recipes especially casserole kind, using cauliflower rice? I’m looking for ideas.

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Laura

I really liked this recipe! Was out of mushrooms and used zucchini. Came out delicious! Thanks!

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Shannon

My grandma has been making this exact same recipe since before I was born. The only difference is she puts it in the oven and uses chicken thighs.

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Katie

Way too many commercials and junk on this site to finally try and print this. Might be delicious, but I’m moving on to a site with less commercials! Waste of time!!!!

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Steve

This tastes great! I added more mushrooms than the recipe asks for, and deleted the garlic powder. It’s a huge hit – truly yummy.

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Vanessa

I made this last night and the whole fam loved it! I was short on rice, so I reduced the liquid – and it still turned out perfect. Very creamy and satisfying!

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Last edited Posted: 10 months ago by Vanessa
Deb Rose

Wondering if orzo would work? I am out of rice at the moment.

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Shirley

This sounds easy and Delicious!! I’m wondering if this can be frozen.??? I only have me to cook for so it’s a lot for one person.

Kinsey

So delicious and so easy!! I’m wondering if leftovers can be frozen?

Melissa

How is this considered gluten free if you cream of mushroom soup? Most of the condensed soup is roux based which had flour. Do you forgo the cream of mushroom soup?