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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This easy chicken and rice casserole is comforting and cozy, made with chicken thighs, Instant rice, creamy soups, and spices. 

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole in a white dish.

Looking for a comforting, easy, and delicious dish that will satisfy everyone at the table? 

This easy chicken and rice casserole is a classic for a reason!

Made with a combination of three creamy soups, tender chicken thighs, and fluffy rice, this dish is sure to become a new family favorite. 

The creamy combination of cream of mushroom, cream of celery, and cream of chicken soups adds depth and richness to the casserole, while the tender chicken and rice make it filling and satisfying. 

In addition to being very delicious, this meal is also very economical to make!

Chicken thighs are often priced a little cheaper than chicken breasts, and creamy soups and rice are cost-effective options to feed large crowds.

Made all in one dish, it’s an easy clean-up for any night of the week; you’re going to love adding this chicken and rice casserole to your dinner rotation!

Craving even more delicious classic casserole recipes? If so, you have to try this easy tater tot casserole!

Uncooked creamy rice with chicken in a dish.
Cooked Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole.

Ingredients for easy chicken and rice casserole

  • Instant white rice – Instant rice cooks up creamy, almost like a risotto 
  • Creamy soups – Using three types of creamy soups–chicken, celery, and mushroom–will give us a full spectrum of savory flavors. 
  • Water – Water will help thin out the sauce to properly cook everything together.
  • Bone-in skin-on chicken thighs – For the most flavor possible, bone-in, skin-on is the way to go!
  • Salt and black pepper – These will help season the chicken to perfection.
  • Garlic powder – Garlic powder will add a garlicky flavor to our dish.
Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole served on a plate with broccoli.

Using Instant white rice

Be sure to use Instant white rice, the dried kind, like the Minute Rice brand. It will help give the rice a soft, creamy, risotto-like texture.

Plus, it cooks up quicker, making it the perfect weeknight casserole.

Alternative proteins

Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are packed full of deep and rich chicken flavor, but feel free to substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts if you prefer!

You may not need to cook your casserole as long as it is written if you use boneless or white meat chicken.

To alleviate any issues, simply cook the rice for a bit by itself, then top with boneless chicken and cook for another 30 minutes or until the chicken is 160 degrees F in the middle.

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole in a dish.

Variations of creamy soups

I’ve used my favorite trifecta of creamy soups here – celery, chicken, and mushroom – but feel free to use your blend or just one flavor!

If you’re concerned with salt content, use lower sodium varieties.

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole served with broccoli.

Fun toppings

If you’d like to add a little garnish for extra pops of flavor, here are some great topping ideas:

  • Shredded cheeses
  • Fried onion strings
  • Panko breadcrumbs
Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole topped with parsley.

Storage and leftover

Any leftover chicken and rice casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Lastly, to reheat, place in a microwave-safe dish, covered loosely with a damp paper towel, and heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated thoroughly. 

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole serve on a black plate.

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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This chicken and rice casserole is comforting and cozy, made with chicken thighs, Instant rice, creamy soups and spices. 
4.74 from 19 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings



  • 1-1/2 cups Instant white rice
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can of water
  • 6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 4 pieces


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl add instant rice, cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, and 1 can of water. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the rice mixture into the prepared dish.
  • Season your chicken with your desired amount of kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Place the chicken on top of the rice and top each piece of chicken with 1/2 tablespoon of butter.
  • Add the casserole to the oven.
  • Bake for 45 – 60 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and registers 160 degrees F.
  • Serve warm.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and rice, chicken and rice casserole, cream of chicken soup casserole, easy chicken and rice, instant rice casserole
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Sunday 23rd of July 2023

This looks good. But can you use Boneless Chicken Thighs instead?

Nutmeg Nanny

Thursday 14th of December 2023

@Janice, Hi Janice! Yes, you can easily use boneless chicken instead of bone-in chicken. However, it will cook quicker. What I like to do is cook the rice covered for 30 minutes NOT topped with chicken, then add the chicken to the top and cook for another 30 minutes or until he bonless chicken thighs have reached 165 degrees F.


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