Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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Tired of the same old casseroles? Try this creamy yet crunchy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole for a welcome change. Ordinary ingredients team up to make an extraordinary chicken dish filled with veggies and rice. And don’t forget the cheese—mmmmm!
1 box wild rice mix (or 3 cups cooked rice)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 stalks celery, diced
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
bread crumbs (optional)
Prepare rice according to package directions.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
Place chicken in the bottom of prepared casserole.
In a bowl, combine cooked rice with celery, tomato, onion, mayonnaise, pecans, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Spoon rice mixture around chicken. Sprinkle chicken and rice with cheese. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, if using. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 minutes more, or until cheese is bubbly and chicken is cooked through.
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