Chicken and rice casserole is such a classic American dish. Thankfully it’s not complicated and is very family-friendly.  This chicken and rice uses no cream of chicken soup and is delicious.


Chicken and rice with a wooden spoon

It’s funny how some dishes can send you straight back to your childhood. This meal does just that for me.  Every time I make it, I am ten years old again in my momma’s kitchen, savoring every bite of this simple dish of chicken and rice.  Food has a way of speaking to my heart, connecting my past to my present, and remembering the love that my parents had for me, and the love that I want to pass down to my own kids.

Food can do all that?  Well, it does for me.

Many signature dishes of my grandma’s and my mom’s are the tried and true recipes that I still use in my kitchen today.  Each time I craft one of these recipes in my own kitchen, it’s like I’m taking part in the traditions of the many wonderful women who have gone before me, nourishing their own families.

Isn’t that a beautiful picture?  I hope my children continue down the path of home cooked meals, using the same recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation  in our family.

This chicken and rice is tasty and total comfort food.  You will love it, I can almost guarantee.

Chicken and rice casserole step by step

seasoned raw chicken breasts with a knife

Season your chicken liberally with sea salt and pepper.

butter melting in a skillet

Melt butter in a large skillet.

chicken browning in a skillet

Quickly brown both sides of chicken.  You don’t want to cook them all the way through.

browned chicken breasts on a white plate

Transfer them to a plate.  See how they are still raw?  That’s what you want.

chopped onions sautéing in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Saute some chopped onions.

glass measuring cup pouring broth into a skillet with onions

Pour in some delicious mineral rich homemade chicken stock.

glass measuring cup pouring into skillet with broth and onions

Pour in some delicious cream!Skillet with broth and cream seasoned with herbs

Season it up with some herbs, salt and pepper.

rice being poured into a skillet with a creamy herbed broth

Stir in the rice and bring to a bubble.

raw chicken breasts on top of uncooked rice casserole

Pour the rice mixture in a 9×13 casserole dish, top with chicken, and spoon some of the liquid on top of the chicken.  Cover and bake.

chicken and rice casserole with a wooden spoon

Serve with some simple vegetables like roasted broccoli or asparagus and stuff your face!

Chicken and rice

Simple chicken and rice casserole that will send you back to your childhood. Made with real ingredients and no cream of chicken soup.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, chicken and rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 T. butter
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 T. parsley
  • 1 1/2 cup organic white rice


  1. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Quickly brown both sides of chicken, taking care not to cook all the way through.
  4. Tranfer chicken to a plate to rest.
  5. In the same skillet, add onions and sautee until tender.
  6. Add broth, cream, salt, pepper, and herbs. Bring to a bubble.
  7. Add rice and transfer to a 9x13 casserole dish.
  8. Top with chicken and spoon some liquid onto chicken.
  9. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through.

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