" " " " Singing With Birds: Chicken and Rice Casserole

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chicken and Rice Casserole


There's an old saying, "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched."

Well, last week two new little chicks arrived in our nest!


Our newest, handsome, red-headed, grandson, Grant was born Monday 10-10-11.  


and another sweet, beautiful, little granddaughter, Charlotte arrived Thursday, 10-13-11.

Born just days apart, both are such precious blessings reminding me of a favorite quote.

 “It is no small thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. ” 
Charles Dickens
  

Both moms are doing well, babies too.  They have other little mouths to feed and sometimes it's more important to prepare something that is fast and easy in the busy days ahead. 

With Grandma Nee cooking in the kitchen


Chicken and Rice Casserole is a snap to fix and is simply plain, perfect for tender tummies! Generally I like to spice things up a bit, but not this week.


In a large saucepan, saute the onion is olive oil, just until soft.  Add everything else but the chicken and warm it up.  Pour into an 11x17" casserole dish.  Lay the chicken pieces on top, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and cover with foil.  Place it in a 350 degree oven and bake for 2 hours.  Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.


That's it.  I steamed some carrots and zucchini, warmed some crunchy rolls, and served it with a crisp green vegetable salad.  


If you're like me and like a little more flavor, add 1 cup each of diced celery and apple, and 1/2 cup of craisins before baking.  Sprinkle each serving with toasted sliced almonds for an easy autumn treat!

Chicken and Rice Casserole
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup*
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup*
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of celery soup*
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked rice, not instant (I used brown rice)
  • 1 chicken, cut up--or 8 chicken breast, skinned, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a large saucepan saute onion in olive oil till soft.  Add the water, soups, rice, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly in saucepan and cook until evenly heated.  Pour into an 11 x 17" casserole dish.  Top with chicken pieces; cover, and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.  Uncover for the last 10 minutes.  Serves 8.

*I use the Campbells low-fat, no trans-fat variety.

Now since I'm counting, these new little chicks, 11 grandsons and 6 granddaughters, total 17 for me and I'm singing!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a happy harvest too.

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15 comments :

  1. Congrats Gnee, so glad to hear that everyone is doing well! 17 grandkids, I know they keep you hopping-enjoy:@)

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  2. Congratulations Grandma Nee! They are both just beautiful and I love both names too. I was wondering how many you had now. What a wonderful life...

    Children are a blessing from the LORD, blessed is the man (and grandma) whose quiver is full of them!

    And the chicken and rice looks delicious too.

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  3. Congratulations on those beautiful babies. BTW....I made your hotsauce and loved it. :)

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  4. OH GNEE!!!! I'm so excited for you. They are both beautiful!
    You are truly blessed.

    That casserole looks yummy. I used to make a version of this that wasn't yummy. I'm going to try yours for sure. I'm babysitting 5 grandkids this next 6 days (I'm scared) and I'm looking for some yummy easy to put together meals.

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  5. You are SO far ahead of me in the Grandchild sweepstakes! Congratulation on the sweet duo - they are beautiful.

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  6. Oh, sharing your joy and happiness at the arrival of these two very precious little babies!

    So beautiful :)

    Grandma Nee has the biggest, most loving heart for Baby Grant and Baby Charlotte and all those other dear children and grandchildren.

    Great sounding recipe too!

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  7. Congrats to everyone on your new little family blessings. They are beautiful. :) Tammy

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  8. Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. Congrants on the grand babies! I've bookemarked this for when we are back in the USA (we don't have canned ousp like this here). I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    I hope you are having a great week!

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  9. Wow, they are sooooo beautiful and certainly look a lot alike. How wonderful to have two new babies. You are certainly blessed! I just read the post on the soup station! Thanks for the fabulous shout out! Hope you enjoy all winter.

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  10. Congratulations! We just found out today that our future second grandbaby will be another boy ;)

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  11. Congratulations on your two newest grandchildren!! They are both adorable!

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  12. Congratulations! What precious gifts!! I love chicken and rice casserole! This looks delicious.

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  13. Love the C&R cass, always so good...but these new babies..wow..what a blessing they are..Congratulations! ;D

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  14. Congrats on the two precious bundles. We have a new grandson due the middle of next month. He will be my first grandson. I used to make this dish all the time and need to again. Thanks for the reminder.

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  15. Congratulations, Grandma! You are so lucky to get TWO new little babies in the family. They are so precious and adorable. Grandchildren are one of life's most special blessings.

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I read each and every one and they make me sing! renée

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