Chicken & Rice Casserole

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


Satisfy hearty appetites with this comforting recipe. Baked to golden brown perfection, this rich and flavorful Chicken and Rice Casserole is one of the most popular meals and is sure to become a family favorite. Prepare in advance and store in the freezer for an easy weeknight dinner.


  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast meat
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeños (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole dish.

COMBINE rice, cheese, chicken, evaporated milk, onion, eggs, cilantro, butter and jalapeños in prepared dish; stir well.

BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Uncover. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.


by A. Amy , CA on Jan. 2013

Little bit runny, but taste great


by K. Khomotso , Hoedspruit,Limpopo on Dec. 2011

best for supper with family when weather is cold.


by L. Laura , ATX on Apr. 2011

VERY VERY BLAND. Please use chicken broth when you make the rice and GOSH, add salt and pepper!! Consensus with two adults and two kids that it was so plain it was not bad... But just NO taste. My 16yr old said "It has so many ingredients in it, did they just cancel each other out?" I made it EXACTLY per recipe but added salt and pepper. This recipe is not bad, just needs LOTS of flavor, the jalapeno, cilantro, onion and cheese flavors where all "lost." Very Bland.

home cook

by P. Patricia , Prattville, Alabama on Mar. 2011

love it - very good and easy to prepare.


by G. GINA , Winfield, IL on May. 2010

This is delicious! A great family-pleaser!

A family Favorite

by K. Karla , , on Jan. 2010

I substitute thyme for the cilantro (1/4 teaspoon) and skip the onions. It's as good as Stouffers "Grandma's Bake" and my family loves it.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

by E. Eileen , on Jan. 2010

I did not enjoy this recipe,but my husband did.The onion was a little crunchy and I didn't like the consistency of the casserole.The cheese seemed to disappear.If I make it again I will grate the onion so it cooks better and sprinkle on extra cheese when I plate it.I would like it better if it were more creamy

Chicken & Rice

by P. Patricia , TX on Jan. 2010

This is a wonderful dish. Easy recipe and great taste. I put jalapenos on my husband's portion only. Too hot for the rest of the family.

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by A. Angie , Everett, WA on Nov. 2009

We took off the peppers and added cooked bacon to the top. MMM MMM MMM. The best thing about that, is it is great for breakfast the next day

Family split

by M. Melody , Lakewood, WA on Jul. 2009

My husband likes the spicy recipe and I don't, but I love it without the peppers and cilantro, so when I make it, I make it first without these and put about 1/3 of it in one pan and then I add the left out ingredients and put the rest in an other pan and cook them both at the same time. That way we both get to enjoy this tasty meal.