Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Rice Casserole


Everyone's favorite cheesy ranch chicken and rice casserole


Well we did it, we busted out another casserole recipe for you. And not just any casserole, we listened loud and clear when you told us what you like about recipes, ranch, cheese, chicken, rice and easy. This cheesy ranch chicken and rice casserole hits all of that plus there’s a bunch of veggies in there AND you can pick between brown or white rice, we tested both with the exact same results. Boom.


Everyone's favorite cheesy ranch chicken and rice casserole


Why do we all love chicken so much? Did you know that beef actually used to be eaten more and it was cheaper? Now it’s all about the chicken. For this recipe we started out with leftover rotisserie chicken because I didn’t have to cook it, but you could totally just bake, boil, or pan cook up some chicken breasts. Heck, you could even use ground chicken or turkey in this recipe and it would turn out.


Everyone's favorite cheesy ranch chicken and rice casserole


Did you know that one of the most asked questions on our site is actually about meat substitutes? It’s true. “Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?” The answer is always yes. Listen, ground meat is ground meat and you totally can substitute. If you’re trying to be healthier our favorites are ground turkey, ground bison or ground chicken in last place. Ground beef is not unhealthy, you just have to be careful with draining grease and eating too much red meat.


Everyone's favorite cheesy ranch chicken and rice casserole


Anyway, we love you all and so very much enjoy your comments and emails. Keep them coming and make this cheesy ranch chicken and rice casserole for dinner!


What Rice is the Healthiest?

Brown rice is usually considered healthier than white rice.

Varieties of brown rice such as jasmine and basmati still contain their germ and bran layers.

Bran layers provide important nutrients including B vitamins, bone-building phosphorus, and magnesium.


Is Rice Gluten Free?

Yes, all rice is gluten free.

Rice is one most popular gluten free grains.


Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Potatoes Casserole for dinner tonight! It is so easy to make, even the littles will love eating it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: 60+ Family Friendly Easy Casserole Recipes
Keyword: broccoli, casserole, chicken, easy, main dish, mushrooms, potatoes, ranch
Servings: 6 -7 servings
Calories: 815kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Cup Minced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Cooked Chicken chopped
  • 1 Heaping Cup Sliced Carrots steamed
  • 1 Heaping Cup Broccoli steamed
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup White or Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas *optional
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Colby Jack or Cheddar Cheese sliced (about 9-12 slices)


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter until melted, and then the mushrooms and garlic.
  • Stir occasionally for 1-2 minutes then quickly whisk in the flour.
  • Allow to cook for 30 seconds more and add the ranch, milk and broth, whisking until it begins to simmer.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  • Spray an 8x9" baking dish with nonstick spray then add the chicken, veggies, additional broth, water, sauce and rice.
  • Stir to combine and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • Remove from the oven and stir in the peas and any additional seasoning, sampling to get the rice flavorful.
  • Top with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

    Serve immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 815kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 806mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g
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14 comments on “Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Rice Casserole”

  1. How much rice do you use?

  2. I’m not seeing instructions on how make? Please help!

  3. I covered to bake is this correct. Uncovered with cheese.

  4. Made this today! I grilled the chicken, added more mushrooms and used jasmine rice. As a treat put crushed sour cream/onion potato chips on top after baking. My husband swooned over the meal. It’s just us 2 (we’re empty-nesters, 3 grown children!) so we’ll get a couple days out of this. Thank you so much, I’ve been cooking/baking for 30yrs and know a good casserole when I see it. Love your site, will visit often.

    • Terry, I love that chip idea!! My mom totally would too and since this is based off of her recipe I’ll have to tell her. I can’t even imagine being an empty nester but at the same time it seems like it’s coming faster than we realize.

  5. When do you add the cream sauce?

  6. Can frozen carrots & broccoli be used in place of steamed?