Chicken and Rice Casserole

quick and easy chicken and rice casserole recipe
This chicken and rice casserole recipe (or busy day casserole as we always called it) was given to my mom from her mom and I know that this may not look amazing and to some it won’t taste amazing, but let me explain.

Quick and Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

I was a super picky eater growing up. I hated pizza if that gives you a clue as to just how picky I was. This was one of my favorites growing up except it was made with cream of mushroom soup and hamburger. I still don’t love hamburger in this dish so I have changed it to cream of chicken soup and chicken. It’s a great way to use up any leftover chicken that you may have from the night before, it’s an excellent way to use leftovers without eating the same meal over and over and over again. We have played with this recipe quite a bit to try to jazz it up, but it just never tastes right. Maybe because it’s a recipe from my childhood or maybe it should just be basic. Who knows. What I do know is that when it’s chilly outside and a busy day this always tastes good to me.

So, if you are busy or if you have any picky eaters in your home this may be a good one to try. I’ll post the original recipe with my changes.

Chicken and Rice Casserole


  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 Cup Carrots, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and chopped or shredded
  • Mild, Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese depending on your taste buds


Heat Oven to 350
Stir the water, rice, meat, soup and carrots together. Place in a 9×9 inch dish and bake for 1 1/2 hours. (I usually stir mine halfway through).
Remove from oven and place cheese slices over the top and place back into the oven until melty and bubbly!

Nutrition Information

Yield: , Serving Size: 1 casserole

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 1634 Calories
  • Total Fat: 51.5g
  • Cholesterol: 246.4mg
  • Carbohydrates: 188.9g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5.8g
  • Protein: 94.9g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.