Chicken Breast and Rice Casserole


This chicken casserole became a family favorite after originating from one of those "what to make for dinner" nights. Nuts and wild rice add a lot.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 3 cups water, divided

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup crushed saltine crackers, or more as needed

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring 2 cups water and white rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. At the same time, bring remaining 1 cup water and wild rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain excess liquid, fluff rice with a fork, and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion and saute until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside in a large bowl and stir in diced chicken, pecans, and sunflower seeds. Stir in cooked rice. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a casserole dish. Spread crushed saltine crackers over top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Spread Cheddar cheese over the casserole and return to the oven until cheese melts, about 5 minutes more. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes:

Using fat-free mayo and sour cream and reduced-fat cheese make it a good low-fat option.

Cook rice per individual package directions.

You can use walnuts instead of pecans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

442 Calories
27g Fat
33g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 442
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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