“Grown Up” Pecan, Craisin, Chicken & Rice Casserole

A few days back we decided to invite some friends over for dinner last minute. We needed to feed a crowd ~ so this is what I drummed up for dinner!

Inspired by this recipe

  • 2 chicken breasts and 4 chicken thighs baked & shredded
  • 2 c. cooked white rice
  • 2-3 c. cooked wild rice
  • 3/4 c. craisins
  • 2/4 c. chopped pecans
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2-3 c. chicken broth
  • 3 c. shredded cabot extra sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 sleeve ritz crackers

In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, cooked white rice, cooked wild rice, and craisins.

Put the chopped pecans in a dry skillet and toast for a few minutes over medium heat (stirring frequently) until fragrant. Then add to the large bowl with the chicken/rice mixture.

In an oven safe skillet, melt the 4 Tbsp of butter and stir in the 1/4 cup of flour. Whisk constantly for a minute or two to cook the “floury” taste out. Add in garlic & cook for 1 minute. SLOWLY add in 2 c. of chicken broth stirring constantly. At this point, I added in the salt & pepper & 2.5 c. shredded cheese. If the mixture is too thick, add more broth. If it seems okay, then add the chicken/rice mixture to the pan and stir to combine. I added in a bit more broth at this point.  Cook for a few minutes till warm. Then I added the final 1/2 c. of cheese to the top and then crushed ritz crackers.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes till the top is brown and everything is heated through. Serve to a lot of people b/c this makes a ton of food! We fed 4 adults, 4 kids and still had leftovers for a few days.

A few notes…

This recipe is Paxton approved! (he’s a good eater in general…but this dish, he INHALED).

Disclosure, I didn’t bake this, I broiled it … but then the crackers got a bit to crispy 🙂 so I’d go with baking next time around.

Next time around I might try to season this a bit more. It was really super yummy, but could have probably used some other herbs… perhaps sage? or even just a touch of oregano… hmm… maybe even smoked paprika (not all of these together, just one of them unless you’re wild and crazy).

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One response to ““Grown Up” Pecan, Craisin, Chicken & Rice Casserole

  1. It was very yummy! Though I think next time I would use broccoli instead of craisins! Thanks for sharing!

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