Easiest Chicken & Rice Casserole Ever!!!

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

Very much a comfort food dish. Easily prepared by ingredients most of us have on hand in our pantry. So easy to make. You can also easily edit the recipe choosing soups you prefer, this is my favorite combination.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (could substitute cream of celery)
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can 2% low-fat milk, using one of the soup cans to measure (note, this is ONE can total NOT per can of soup as the soup directions may indicate)
  • 3 -4 boneless chicken breasts, chicken tender strips work too
  • 1 cup uncooked instant Minute Rice
  • lemon pepper (optional)
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (see baking instructions for alternate methods).
  2. Mix the 2 cans of soup, 1 can milk, and 1 cup of uncooked rice together. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Pour above mixture into a 13x9x2 casserole dish.
  4. Cut the chicken into strips (about the width of a chicken tender/finger).
  5. Push the chicken strips down into the soup & rice mixture in the casserole dish so they are completely emerged.
  6. Sprinkle top with lemon pepper/salt/black pepper.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees 35-40 minutes or until chicken is finished. NOTE that cooking time will vary depending on how you choose to cut up the chicken. If using whole chicken breasts cook at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until finished.
  8. You may also choose to make this in a crock pot, if so, cook on low 7-8 hours.
  9. My family loves this recipe and it is SOOOO easy to make, plus I usually have all of these ingredients on hand which makes for a quick meal.
  10. I love the flavors of the rice so much that sometimes I will make it without the chicken as a quick and easy side dish!
Most Helpful

5 5

This by far was the best chicken and rice casserole I have ever had. My DH has throat cancer and has limited chewing ability. I cut the 3 chicken breasts in very small pieces. He doesn't like mushrooms so I had a can of cheddar cheese soup that I mixed with the cream of chicken and rice. I didn't add any salt. I did add fresh ground pepper. I omitted the lemon pepper. It was delicious and my DH didn't have any trouble with it. This is going on my regular round as our meals are limited to what he can tolerate. He lost 10 pounds in 5 days but with this I am sure we can build him back up.

3 5

I made this with instant brown rice, and it was way too soupy. Didn't know if brown rice absorbs less moisture than white rice. Chicken was also a little bland.

5 5

I hadn't made anything like this is a long time, so thank you for easy, delicious, reminder! I started with your base recipe and wanted to share my modifications. This recipe is conducive to adding some vegetables. I add a can of mushrooms and half a bag of sliced frozen tricolor peppers. I prefer it firmer, so I use 1.5 cups of instant rice and maybe 3/4 of a can of milk (great suggestion on using milk!). I also mix in some shredded cheese, maybe 4 oz. Again for ease, I usually cut short chicken strips and just stir them into the same big bowl. Now for the best easy dinner tip: buy non-stick foil and put it in the pan. Cleaning the pan is the hardest part of this recipe, and with the non-stick foil, the food doesn't stick and cleaning the pan is a breeze. (I stopped buying any other foil, it's amazing for everything.) Great recipe, you're awesome, thank you!!!