Rating: 4.42 stars
119 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 78
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3

A very good casserole that makes a lot. This dish also freezes well, so it's great to make ahead and warm up later!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water and wild rice in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 50 minutes, or until tender.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • In a large bowl, toss together the cooked rice, chicken, cream of celery soup, pimentos, onion, green beans, mayonnaise, water chestnuts, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a 3 quart casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

317 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 17.4g; fat 20.5g; cholesterol 47.4mg; sodium 776mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (119)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2003
This was terrific. I did make some changes though. I omitted green beans but added mushrooms about a 1/4 tsp of curry some white rice with the wild rice and some chopped celery (just one stalk). This was the best casserole I have ever had! Even my kids loved it! Read More
(46)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/23/2009
OK - a bit bland. Need to experiment with some seasonings. Read More
(6)
119 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 78
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2003
This was terrific. I did make some changes though. I omitted green beans but added mushrooms about a 1/4 tsp of curry some white rice with the wild rice and some chopped celery (just one stalk). This was the best casserole I have ever had! Even my kids loved it! Read More
(46)
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2003
This is delicious. Had to tweak it a bit as I didn't have all the ingredients (& I don't use canned vegetables so I cooked fresh green beans). I need to thin it out so I used some Half & Half and seasoned it with garlic powder paprika and Seasonal. Used a mixture of wild and regular rice. This is a great casserole for company - make the night before and just pop in the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2003
How aptly named Jodi! This truly is spectacular. I didn't need to change a thing. Its flavorful and the presentation is very pretty on a plate. It would be wonderful for a ladies luncheon. My family loved this and I will be making it often! My experimental nature would like to try a bit of garlic powder in this dish with some toasted sliced almonds to garnish the top of each serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2007
This was delicious. I bought Uncle Ben's wild rice in a box and used the seasoning packet. I followed the cooking time and amount of water specified on the rice box. For convenience I bought Louis Rich "oven style" cooked chicken breast. It's already cooked and cubed and I just had to measure it out. Expensive way to do it but great if you're short on time and it's delicious chicken. I made this dish for someone who doesn't care for water chestnuts but they are chopped small so it's the crunchiness that stands out not the taste. They really added to the dish and I would not omit them. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2005
This was an excellent casserole. I used cooked, frozen French beans and sauteed fresh mushrooms. Other than that, I followed the recipe. All of us enjoyed it. Served it with a mixed green salad and that was dinner! I'm always amazed at some of the negative comments on this site---it was bland, it had 'way too much mayo', etc. Are these cooks who don't have a clue how to modify a recipe to their tastes, or what?? This family loved the dish, Jodi. It froze very well and was excellent when reheated. Thanks! Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2003
This was a very good recipe. However based on the reviews and the ingredients that I had on hand I did make changes as well. I used a long grain and wild rice mix with all the seasonings and substituted the green beans with mushrooms. Also I sauted the onions and some chopped celery in a bit of margarine for just a short time before adding to the mix. (They were still a little crunchy). And I left out the water chestnuts because I don't like them. It was very good except next time I'm going to cut back on the mayo just a tad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2003
loved the crunchy water chestnuts. i did use 6 oz plain white rice and 6oz wild rice (which i couldn't find in a plain bag so i used uncle bens and used a little of the seasoning that came with it). it made a ton! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2003
I added grated cheese on top before baking. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2010
This does indeed make a lot! Very good! I decreased the amount of mayo and added a little bit of ranch dressing which gave it a nice flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/23/2009
OK - a bit bland. Need to experiment with some seasonings. Read More
(6)