Friday, May 10, 2013

Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Well, there's only 5 more weeks before Addyson's expected arrival.  I certainly feel like it.  I am incredibly tired and all I want to do is sleep!  However, night-time sleep is evading me!  It's rather infuriating!  I toss and turn all night long trying to get comfortable.  I think it may be time for some medicinal intervention!

I am trying to get the freezer stocked for our family for when little miss gets here.  I plan on doing a full-scale freezer cooking day sometime next week, but it's fairly easy for me to make dinner plus a little extra to throw in the freezer at least once a week.  I'm also trying to make sure that I am using as little processed food as possible.  It can be challenging, processed food is very convenient.  I'm just convinced that so many issues such as cancer and ADD/ADHD are partly a result of our reliance on processed food.  I'm not an expert by any means, that's just my opinion.

This week I made a Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole.  The only pre-packaged ingredients were the cheese, sour cream and wild rice.  I know you can get wild rice that isn't boxed, but after looking at the ingredient list and being satisfied that I could pronounce everything on the list, I took the easy route.  Everything else was fresh and organic.  The complete recipe is listed at the bottom of the page.

First, I sautéed about 4 stalks of celery and 1 small onion in some butter, salt and pepper.  While those were going, I pulled chicken from a rotisserie chicken from my local deli.  Once the onions were translucent, I pulled those off the heat and mixed it with my chicken.

While that was going, I cooked 2 boxes of wild rice.  Once that was done, I added 2 packages of my homemade cream of chicken soup and about 1 cup of cheese.  You can get my cream of chicken soup recipe here!

After that, I mixed the chicken mixture to my rice mixture and added 1 cup of sour cream and stirred thoroughly.  This mixture filled a full 9 x 13 pan and then a smaller 9 x 9 pan to go in my freezer.  I'll admit, the mixture looks kind of gross, but once you take a bite, you'll forget about the presentation!

And here is the finished product out of the oven!  Before I put it in the oven, I crushed some buttery crackers and sprinkled them on top.  I must say, it was absolutely delicious and even my 3 year old cleaned his plate!  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole
1 rotisserie chicken
4 stalks of celery
1 small onion
2 boxes of wild rice
2 packages of homemade cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream
crushed buttery crackers

1 comment:

  1. It looks really yummy to me. I think I'll make it with some chicken I've got in the freezer to "throw in the crock pot." Once I cook the chicken, it'll usually make three or four recipes. I've missed good old chicken casseroles because of cutting out canned soups, etc. I am looking forward to trying your homemade cream of chicken soup in this recipe. Thanks for posting!


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