Chicken and Yellow Rice

"This has been a favorite in my family for years. It is the most requested meal of my kids & their friends. I like to double the recipe and freeze one to have on hand for a quick supper. Also, I use a rice cooker to make the saffron rice. Just put in the water, rice, and butter, push the button and it is perfect every time and ready when you need it to assemble the casserole. I also use the lower fat sour cream and mayo, but prefer the regular cream of chicken soup, not the lower fat version. Kids and adults will enjoy this recipe. My daughter and her boyfriend were home from college over the holidays and were headed out the door to go out to dinner...until I said "Okay, but I made Chicken and Yellow Rice"....they exchanged glances and turned around and join the rest of the family for dinner...."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a 13 x 9 inch casserole pan, arrange chicken in single layer, grate cold butter evenly over chicken and pour in sherry.
  • Bake, covered for 50 minutes.
  • Boil water and 2 tablespoons butter, add Mahatma rice mix. Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Fluff rice and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir soup, mayo, sour cream, paprika and parsley.
  • When chicken is cooked, pour broth into soup mixture and stir until well blended.
  • Dice chicken.
  • To assemble casserole, in a 13 x 9 inch pan, layer rice, 1/2 of soup mixture, chicken and remaining soup mixture. Sprinkle top with paprika.
  • You can freeze it or cook at 350°F for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until hot, bubbly and heated throughout. If frozen, thaw and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.

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  1. Very easy and VERY tasty! The addition of the sherry really makes this dish. Thanks for posting.
  2. I'd never tried chicken and yellow rice before, but had always wanted to. This is insanely good. The only change I made, was that I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, instead of breasts. Absolutely delicious! This is comfort food at it's finest, and I know that I will be making this again, and again for years to come.
  3. I made this as instructed with the exception of pre baking the chicken for 50 minutes in the oven, and then adding another 30 minutes after it was layered. While it was tasty, there are a few things I would change. I browned the chicken breast in olive oil with spices, I choice a creole spice and browned for 10-15 minutes total both sides. I did not change the soup ingredients, which I should have added a little milk to loosen it up a bit, as instructed, it remained thick, too thick. I did layer it as instructed, but the soup portion of the recipe was disappointing. I did not add the sherry, and maybe that was the difference in a creamier, looser sauce than what I experienced. Taste was good, but would recommend seasoning the chicken with something a little spicy.
  4. This recipe is ridiculously good! The only change I made was the elimination of the sherry- that's just not something we keep in the house. I did brine the chicken to ensure that it would be plenty moist. Dad took one bite and asked when we were having it again.



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