Million Dollar Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Million Dollar Chicken and Rice Casserole a great comfort food!

This chicken casserole dish promises to wrap you in warmth and satisfaction from the first bite. Imagine the creamy blend of cheeses, the tender chunks of chicken, and the perfectly cooked rice, all coming together under a golden, crispy topping. It’s more than just dinner.

Perfect for meal prep, family dinners, or even a hit at your next potluck, this easy chicken recipe is easy to make without complicating your cooking process.

Whether you’re looking for a make-ahead marvel for busy weeknights, a dependable potluck hit, or simply a delicious way to use up leftover chicken, this casserole has got you covered. Let’s get into the heart of this recipe and share a meal that feels like a hug on a plate.


A serving of golden-brown chicken and rice casserole on a white plate. The creamy, seasoned blend of chicken, rice, and cheeses underneath offers a comforting, homemade appeal.

Million Dollar Chicken and Rice Casserole Ingredients

For a full list of ingredients and precise measurements, please see the recipe card below.

The magic of this casserole lies in its simple yet flavorful ingredients. Each one plays a crucial role in creating that “million dollar” taste:

  • Chopped cooked chicken: Ideal for a quick prep or an excellent way to use leftover chicken.
  • Cooked rice: Forms the comforting base of our casserole.
  • Cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream: The trio that brings creamy, dreamy textures and rich flavors.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup: Adds depth and creaminess with minimal effort.
  • Garlic powder and dried onion powder: These spices ensure each bite is packed with flavor.
  • Ritz crackers crushed: Provides a buttery crunch topping that’s irresistible.
  • Butter melted: Binds the cracker topping and adds a golden finish.

How to Make Million Dollar Chicken and Rice Casserole

Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions.

Here are the basic steps for making this recipe:

  1. Prep: Begin by combining the chopped cooked chicken with cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir in the cooked rice until everything is evenly mixed.
  2. Assemble: Transfer your creamy chicken and rice mixture into a baking dish. Evenly top with crushed Ritz crackers before drizzling the entire surface with melted butter.
  3. Bake: Place the casserole in the oven and bake until the top turns golden and the casserole is bubbling with deliciousness. Your million dollar dinner is ready to enjoy!
A freshly baked, golden-brown chicken and rice casserole in a white dish, topped with crispy, buttered Ritz crackers. Below lies a creamy blend of chicken, rice, and cheeses, seasoned to perfection, radiating warmth and home-cooked charm.

Tips and Notes

  • Make Ahead: This casserole is a make-ahead marvel. Prep it the night before and bake when ready to serve.
  • Rotisserie Chicken for Quick Prep: Short on time? Use rotisserie chicken for an even faster assembly.
  • How To: Combine the creamy ingredients first, then fold in your chicken and rice for an even distribution of flavor.

Storage and Leftovers

This casserole doesn’t just taste great fresh out of the oven; it’s also perfect for meal prep!

  • Refrigerate: Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: Suitable for freezing. Wrap tightly and freeze for up to a month.
  • Reheat: Warm in the oven or microwave, adding a splash of milk to keep it moist.

The Million Dollar Chicken and Rice Casserole is not just a meal; it’s a delicious solution to your busy weeknights, a comfort food classic that promises to keep your family coming back for more.

Easy to prepare, even easier to love, this dish checks all the boxes for an easy chicken recipe that’s perfect for meal prep, family dinners, and beyond. Enjoy the rich, creamy flavors and the satisfying crunch of its topping tonight!

What to Serve with the Best Chicken Casserole

Pair your Million Dollar Chicken Casserole with delicious sides. A crisp garden salad, a juicy tomato salad, or cucumber salad brings a fresh crunch. Crave something hearty? Go for creamy mashed potatoessweet potato mash, creamy potato salad, or golden roasted potatoes. And for a veggie twist, try ranch roasted carrotssautéed green beans, or honey roasted squash.

More Casserole Recipes

A freshly baked, golden-brown chicken and rice casserole in a white dish, topped with crispy, buttered Ritz crackers. Below lies a creamy blend of chicken, rice, and cheeses, seasoned to perfection, radiating warmth and home-cooked charm.
Yield: 6 servings

Million Dollar Chicken and Rice Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Enjoy the ultimate comfort with Million Dollar Chicken & Rice Casserole. It blends creamy cheeses, tender chicken, and rice under a crunchy topping. Ideal for meal prep, it's a simple yet satisfying family dinner that promises to become a favorite.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 4- oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.5-oz) can Unsalted Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried onion powder
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers crushed
  • 5 Tbsp butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13-inch dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix & Spread: Blend chicken, rice, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, spices, and soup. Put in dish.
  3. Top: Mix crackers and butter, sprinkle over mix.
  4. Bake: Cook 30-40 mins until bubbly.

Notes

  • Make Ahead: This casserole is a make-ahead marvel. Prep it the night before and bake when ready to serve.
  • Rotisserie Chicken for Quick Prep: Short on time? Use rotisserie chicken for an even faster assembly.
  • How To: Combine the creamy ingredients first, then fold in your chicken and rice for an even distribution of flavor.
  • Nutrition Information

    Yield

    6

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 582Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 148mgSodium 491mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 31g

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