Chicken & Rice Casserole aka Comfort Casserole

3 cups homemade chicken broth*
2 + 3 tablespoons butter
3-4 cups diced cooked chicken**
2 teaspoons minced garlic, jar
1 large bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
1 cups fresh mushroom pieces
1 cup grated cheddar, Sharp or Colby
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 cups long grain wild rice
1 small can Le Seur peas, drained well
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • In a large saucepan bring broth to a high heat and add rice.
  • Reduce heat and continue cooking until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Season with salt, pepper, sage and thyme.
  • While Rice is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over a medium high heat in a large skillet.
  • Saute' the garlic first until fragrant and golden.
  • Add the onion slices and saute' until translucent.
  • Add the mushroom slices and saute' until tender.
  • Add broccoli florets and stir for several minutes until tender.
  • Drain vegetables.
  • In a large bowl combine the rice, chicken pieces and vegetables, tossing to coat well.
  • Toss in the cheese and peas.
  • Transfer to a large casserole.
  • Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter and combine with Italian bread crumbs until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle over top.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes until heated through and crumbs on top are crisp.
*or 3 cups boiling water + 1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
**I like to use one of the freezer portions of rotisserie chicken I have set aside

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Renee said...

This sounds wonderful! Comfort food at it's best. I can't wait to try it. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I love comfort food. You were one of my 1st of 3 commenters for pay it forward. send me your snail mail so i can mail you your gift.

The Social Frog said...

This sounds very good :)

Alice Audrey said...

I haven't done this kind of dish in years. The only thing the kids will eat is lasagna.

Joyce said...

Sounds super yummy, Tamy. :)

Sherrie said...

Mine is posted. Dessert to go with your great comfort food. Have a great day!!


Kristen said...

This sounds really good. I love casseroles.

Janet said...

the polenta i made tonight was similar to this...and very comforting it will be when I can eat it!

Lynn said...

Your comfort casserole looks delicious! I'll add my fruity dessert to your Mr. Linky :)

Emily said...

My family always enjoys a good casserole and this one looks like it will be a winner at our house!