This is a great country style chicken casserole I’m sure you will enjoy. Baked chicken over a bed of brown rice, cheddar cheese and vegetables. Served with a garden salad and a nice dinner role and you’ve got a delicious dinner. Ah, comfort food, whats not to love!
1 1/2 to 2lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast ( 2 to 3 breasts )
1 cup brown rice
1 stalk celery ( thin sliced )
1/2 small onion ( small dice )
1/4 green pepper ( small dice )
1/4 orange pepper ( small dice ) ( this is optional )
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 teas. salt
1/2 teas. pepper
3 cloves fresh garlic ( minced ) or 1/2 teas. garlic powder
1 teas. dry sage ( ground with your fingers )
1 teas. dry parsley ( ground with your fingers )
2 cups cheddar cheese ( shredded )
Method: Chicken Casserole
Start by adding the brown rice, chicken broth, mixed vegetables, onion, celery, green and orange peppers and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar to a glass ( if you have one ) baking dish and mix well. The glass baking dish will allow you to see when the rice has absorbed the liquid.
Slice your chicken breasts into long strips about 1in. wide and as long as possible. Season them on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic, sage and parsley. Place then on top of the rice mixture and use the remaining cheese to sprinkle over the top. Cover with foil being careful not to let the foil touch the cheese, it will take your top layer of cheese off when cooked.
Bake your chicken casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 2 hours. This is where the glass baking dish comes in handy. When all of the liquid has been absorbed, your casserole is done. Remove it from your oven and serve.
The prep time for this is about 10 minutes and is very easy. A California style mix vegetable ( broccoli, cauliflower, carrot ) also works very well with this recipe in place of the mixed vegetables. You can really use any veggies you like, this casserole is very versatile.
I hope you’ll give it a try, it’s a great chicken casserole to make when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen… HAPPY COOKING!