Creamy Chicken and Rice

101_6284-2This is one of my favorite recipes to make for potlucks or when I need a casserole to feed many people.  My family also loves it as the staple ingredient is rice, and my husband is half-Vietnamese and likes anything that includes rice!  I also find that most people make pasta dishes for potlucks, so this is a little different.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked rice–I did about 2 cups – 2 1/2 cups dry rice.  I do more rice than the recipe says to do, because there is a lot of “goop”, and then it feeds more people!
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 to 5 cups cubed cooked chicken–I sometimes use less, especially if it is just for my family
  • 12 ounces process American cheese (Velveeta), cubed–I use the Aldi equivalent
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/4 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 32)

Directions:101_6281

  • Spread rice into a greased shallow 3-qt. or 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.  I press it down.
  • In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter; stir in flour until smooth.101_6279Gradually add milk, bouillon, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

    Milk mixture added to butter and flour

    Milk mixture added to butter and flour

  • Reduce heat; add chicken, cheese and sour cream; stir until the cheese is melted. Pour over rice.
  • Melt the remaining butter; toss the cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

    You could prepare the casserole the night before, refrigerate it overnight, and heat it the next day.  Allow extra time to heat through.

I originally found this recipe in a Quick Cooking Magazine.  It can be found on the Taste of Home website found here.

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