Friday, July 24, 2009

Foodie Friday — Chicken and Rice Casserole

When I need comfort food I easily return to my Southern roots. Though I was brought up in California, I was born in Atlanta, Georgia to parents who were both also born in Georgia. Those of you who have read my blog before know that my family history in America goes back to Virginia in 1607. My parents were the first ones in my line to move away from the South, but ours was still a Southern household. I grew up on the likes of fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, grits and eggs, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, black-eyed peas, cornbread, peach cobbler and sweet tea.

Although I started experimenting with foods of other cultures when I was a teen, good ol' Southern food has always been a part of my life. I'll never forget when I served grits to a friend from New York and she covered it with sugar and milk. Did she think it was oatmeal or something? Another dear friend is from Boston and I can tell you she'll eat collards and boiled peanuts whenever she gets the chance. (I know you're laughing while you're reading this Marice.)

A few weeks ago we had a bit of reprieve from the summer heat and I decided to make a very traditional meal that all you Southerners out there will recognize and one that I hope others will try. You'd be hard pressed to find a Southern cook that doesn't have the ingredients for this dish always on hand in their pantry. No fuss, easy and a sure-fire crowd pleaser, Chicken and Rice Casserole is a must have recipe for any true Southerner.

Gather your ingredients

Dump the rice, soups, milk and water in pan

Whisk it all together well

Top with mushrooms

Season chicken to your liking and place on top

Ta-da, suppers ready!

Plate it up and enjoy!

I serve it with a simple green salad and a big glass of sweet tea.

Chicken and Rice Casserole
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 package (envelope) instant onion soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Chicken pieces
Mix all ingredients except the onion soup together. Pour into a 9” x 13” baking pan. Place chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle instant onion soup, cover with foil and bake at 350° for 1 and a 1/2 hours. Remove foil during the last twenty minutes to allow chicken to brown.

Could it be any easier?

This is the traditional recipe. You can use any kind of "cream of" soups you'd like. I like mine with cream of chicken and cream of mushroom and I add more mushrooms on top of the rice mixture. The ones I used here are frozen from Publix, but you could use fresh, just don't use canned (ick!). I stopped using the instant onion soup many years ago (sorry mom), and instead use fresh ground seasonings. I have also used French's French Fried Onions on top and they add a nice crunch. Growing up we always used a cut up fryer, but you can use all breasts, thighs, legs, or any combo according to your family's preference. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but hey, this is comfort food and all that fat makes the rice very comforting. When the dish is done the rice should be a bit on the soupy side.

Before you go to Michael's at Designs by Gollum for more Foodie Friday posts I thought I'd share some of my favorite Southern quotes and sayings:

“The North thinks it know how to make corn bread, but this is a gross superstition. Perhaps no bread in the world is quite as good as Southern corn bread, and perhaps no bread in the world is quite as bad as the Northern imitation of it.” —Mark Twain

“Well, butter my behind and call me a biscuit.” —Southern saying

“Two can live as cheap as one if one don't eat.” —Southern saying

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” —Erma Bombeck

“If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Cool Whip on the side, you might be a redneck.” —Jeff Foxworthy (Who else remembers jelly jar glasses as a kid?)

Now git on over to Michael's and ya'll come back now, ya hear?

26 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cute post, Rhonda! Loved that chicken. I also love a hot chicken salad dish topped with potato chips. Have you had that? I will share my recipe one Foodie Friday. :-)

When you said the thing about ice tea, you forgot to say, "served in a flamingo goblet!" I loved THAT! Now, that is the Sunshine State. :-)

Twain's quote was my favorite, and as a world traveler, he should know! (genealogy note: I'm related to Twain through my NE Whipple line... we share a mutual ancestor).

Love to you. Please go over and enter my giveaway. I'm tailoring the prize to the person who wins, so if you win, I will spy on your blog and find something you'll like... and I have just the idea! ;-)

Happy Foodie Friday...


Sheila :-)

Joyce said...

I am laughing at your quotes:)

Signing Out said...

Yum! I love meals like this. They're simple, yet they smell and taste like you've been slaving in the kitchen all day.


susan said...

When I serve this I always think about my friend's daughter who said grace at this meal: "Oh Lord, thank you for this pale meal" :) It is good, but a little short on color! I think you'd enjoy my cornbread post! Thanks!

Lori E said...

This looks easy enough for my husband to make for the guys at the cabin. I'll pass it on to him.

Poppedijne said...

I never could understan why Americans use canned soup to make casserolles with. I did not think it could ever be nice. We would have made a fresh cream mushroom sause with chicken stock in it. But now when I see the finished dish I must admit that it looks very tasty.I may have to try it out some day!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You had me smiling - fed my soul. You made me hungry - feed my body. I loved your recipe.

Maya@A Beach Lovers Place said...

Wow, quite a meal..., one day I'll try to do it Southern style!

Did you remove your blogroll?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Shellbelle said...

Hi all and thanks for stopping by!

Sheila, I think we were on each others blogs at about the same time this morning, must be that genealogy connection thing! lol. Glad you like my Flamingo goblets, you know I love anything with flamingos. That is so cool you are related to Mark Twain, you can always count on him for a good quote. I'm pretty closely related to Hank Williams (both Sr and Jr or course), but Jr. and my Uncle C.W. who just passed away a few weeks ago were close buddies in their younger, wild, rowdy days. Happy Birthday to you again Sweet Sheila!

Yes Jane, I agree, simple meals are the best on those busy days when you want something substantial and you have no time. This one really fits the bill, it is so incredibly easy, just dump, mix and bake!

Joyce, I'm glad I brought laughter your way today, we all need that these days.

Susan, you brought laughter to me today! I'm still laughing about "pale meal"! I know I wasn't going to use this recipe for that very reason, but I tried to dress it up with the flamingo, lol.

Lori, this is a great meal for men who don't cook, it is so easy they can't mess it up and men always love this dish.

Well, Poppedijne, we Americans sometimes like things easy and most of us grew up on Campbell's Soup recipes. Making this always makes me remember my childhood and my favorite soup, Cream of Tomato with crushed crackers. BUT, I do make a mushroom-artichoke sauce that is to die for! I hope you do try this recipe though, I've never had anyone not go back for seconds.

Mary, thank you so much for your sweet comment, I am in awe of your cooking and pleased my little "dump" casserole caught your attention.

Maya, I didn't remove my blogroll, just moved it to the bottom. I left a note in my sidebar, but I was thinking of making it more of a graphic. I love so many blogs that the list was just getting too long and I had a hard time navigating it. I wanted my sidebar to be more graphics instead of just more text.

I'm thinking now of setting up another page with my blogroll like I have seen others do. If anyone has a better solution, please give me your advice. Thanks!

justjoycee said...

"I grew up on the likes of fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, grits and eggs, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, black-eyed peas, cornbread, peach cobbler and sweet tea"

Just reading it makes me hungry!
Yummy food I grew up on too.
Your recipe looks so good.

Maya@A Beach Lovers Place said...

Rhonda..., that certainly works... to have the blogroll at the end. At Completely Coastal I chose a separate page because I want all the pictures in the sidebar (plus some ads) too. At A Beach Lovers Place I enjoy having the blogroll in my sidebar..., in a way it's very practical, because I immediately see when someone posted something new. I guess it's all a matter of taste and preferences. So long!

Shellbelle said...

Maya, thanks for your valued input. I like all the pics and ads on Completely Coastal…I see so many things I put on my wish list and they lead me to great sites to explore plus previous posts of yours. That's what inspired me to change mine. Then you always inspire me!

Shellbelle said...

Oh Joycee, I don't want to forget to thank you for saying my food list made you hungry. I know what you mean, I got hungry writing it and could have gone on and on and on………but I went to the kitchen to get something to eat instead. lol

The Fajdich Times said...

I copied your recipe. It sounds wonderful. Great pictures:) Have a fun weekend:)

bj said...

O, if I could choose where I lived, I would pick a precious little beach cottage on the Gulf of Mexico. Just love it ....and here I the middle of the Plains of West Texas with not a lick of water for a million miles. *heavy sigh.......
Your chicken dish sounds wonderful..and I laughed out loud when I read your comment, "leave the plate and cancel my order!" I wish you were close...I'd mix up some of these little french donuts and bring 'em right over to ya....
Please come back to see me anytime..

Shellbelle said...

Judy, thanks, I hope you enjoy this simple dish!

bj, I'd hop on the next plane to get some of your beignets! That plate looked fabulous! I mean FABULOUS!

irene said...

Thank ou for sharing this quick and easy casserole dish. It sounds do-able..

Peg said...

Hi Rhonda,
I didn't increase the sugar in my lemon pie; I figured 2 cups should be enough. I even used Splenda for part of it. I'll go back and add that to my recipe.

Your chicken and rice sounds so good. I will print and save this recipe for cooler weather. It's turned back hot here after a cooler week, but this will be wonderful in the fall!

Shellbelle said...

Peg, thanks for stopping by and letting me know about the amount of sugar to use in your incredible lemon pie and that I can replace part of it with a substitute. I can't wait to try it!

Irene, thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Martha said...

Well that sure looks good and also so easy! I might make this and feature it on a future edition of my Simple Suppers meme that I host at the Krazy Kitchen - of course I will link back to credit you if and when I do :-)

Gordon said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Your chicken and rice are much more refined than the chicken and rice we used to eat in the country. It's good to hear from a country girl.
I visited my grandfather's old homestead in Ga. a few years ago. The house was in shambles, but I found the old worn horseshoe was still tacked above the front door.
They, commonly, put them there for luck.
I still have it today. I guess I'll pass it on to one of my children or grandchildren.
Thanks, again for your visit.

Anonymous said...

MMMM that chicken looks so good, I love the way you posted how to prepare it Rhonda!!! Very neat! I have chicken thawing right now and I was thinking of making soft tacos....but after seeing your photos...I'm sure I have some cans of soup at the back of the pantry, so I'll be trying that one tonight! Thanks!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, I could NOT leave without wishing my Florida and (genealogical) neighbor a very Happy Birthday. Hope it is filled with fun suprises and that they continue throughout the year, filling your heart with joy and happiness!

Love to you...


Sheila :-)

imjacobsmom said...

I love this Chicken & Rice casserole and I make it the same way that you do. I chuckled at the "bless us for the pale food" comment. Almost took offense at the Mark Twain comment, but I like him so I won't, afterall, I am a Yank, LOL! ~ Robyn

Sierra said...

My mom used to make this for us all of the time. I miss a home cooked meal. Looks delicious!

Cass @ That Old House said...

OK Rhonda, I missed this post the first time around, so I'm chiming in now--- MONTHS later. Hope you see it
My Mom -- a Brooklyn born Northern gal --made almost this exact casserole for family gatherings. Only she used yellow rice, seasoned, not white.

And I have one more Southern-ism for you, courtesy of my Atlanta-bred friend Alana: "I'm full as a tick!" That one still cracks me up.


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