Uncle Willie’s Chicken Casserole

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The unique combination of ingredients in this chicken and wild rice casserole delivers a wallop of flavors that tantalize the taste buds. It’s an easy and delicious rustic Cajun dish that’s sure to be a hit!

Uncle Willie’s Chicken Casserole

If you’re like most, your idea of Cajun cooking is based on experiences you’ve had with restaurant-prepared meals. These are usually a combination of French and Southern cuisines, full of flavor and often with a high degree of spicy heat. No question these creamy sauces, blackened dishes, and other Cajun meals are delicious; however, that’s not the Cajun food I’m accustomed to eating.

I’m used to the rustic form of Cajun food with origins along the bayous of Louisiana. That’s where meals are based on available ingredients and preparation is simple. If freshly picked vegetables and harvested seafood is sparse, bayou bred Cajuns turn to the fridge and cupboard. Whatever happens to be available goes into a pot, gets seasoned well, and served with rice oftentimes. Nothing fancy, and never wasteful.

Those guiding principles of rustic Cajun cooking may well be how my uncle created this recipe. From appearances, it certainly looks like an odd combination of whatever he had on hand that day. And, who knows, it may well have been.

It’s so simple to make. Prepare a box of wild rice, then combine it with a couple of fresh veggies and a handful of items found in the fridge and pantry. Mix everything together and bake for 30 minutes for an incredibly flavorful and delicious meal.

In whatever way my Uncle Willie came up with this recipe, I think it’s equal parts genius and scrumptious. This dish is full of flavor that will tantalize your taste buds for sure.

Simply amazing!

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  • As you can see from the photo, I use my trusty Classic Cajun Cookware to cook up my onions and mix all the ingredients together. If you decide to skip the step of browning onions, you can also use an 8-quart mixing bowl to combine all the ingredients.
Uncle Willie's Chicken Casserole
  • The 3.2-quart casserole dish in this 8-piece baking dish set is ideal for this recipe. These cook evenly with the added convenience of fitted lids, which make going from the oven to the fridge or freezer so much easier.
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  • For the love of all things Holy and Cajun, be sure to have a bottle of Crystal Hot Sauce on the table when serving this dish.
  • This is a hearty casserole that needs little, if anything, to make a complete meal. A side of bread like a crusty French bread or big, fluffy biscuits is an excellent choice.
  • Make this ahead of time for busy nights. After you put the mixture in the lightly greased casserole dish, cover tightly and put in the refrigerator until ready. When ready, move from the fridge into a preheated oven and bake for about 30 to 45 minutes or until bubbly.
  • This dish is freezer friendly. You can freeze an unbaked casserole or leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three month. When ready, thaw in the refrigerator. If unbaked, place the mixture in a lightly greased casserole dish and bake as directed. If leftovers, microwave after thawed for 2 to 4 minutes on high.
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  • I cook the onions before adding all the other ingredients; however, this is an optional step. If you’re in a hurry or want to make life that much easier in the kitchen, skip the step of browning the onions. Simply mix the raw, chopped onions in with all other ingredients before adding to the casserole dish. Results are still as yummy as ever!
  • Between the seasonings in the wild rice and all the various other ingredients, this casserole doesn’t require any added seasonings. Feel free to use salt and pepper, though I recommend sparingly. I typically skip the salt and only add a small amount of fresh ground pepper.
  • Leftover rotisserie or grilled chicken mustgoes will work great in this recipe. And, unbelievably, I’ve even used leftover fried chicken. You’ll want to make sure use only the chicken, so remove all skin and fried batter before cutting up.
Uncle Willie's Chicken Casserole

Uncle Willie’s Chicken Casserole

This rustic Cajun chicken and wild rice casserole is an easy to make hearty family favorite meal with tons of flavor and textures. It’s sure to be a hit with family and friends!

Recipe by Annette (•‿•) Course: EntréeCuisine: Cajun
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Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

Ingredients

  • 1 package long grain and wild rice, prepared

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 10.5-ounce can cream of celery soup

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, cubed

  • 2 8-ounce cans French style green beans, drained

  • 1 6.5-ounce jar pimentos, diced

  • 1 3.8-ounce can sliced black olives, drained

  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts

  • 1 6-ounce can French fried onions (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Prepare rice as directed on packaging, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a large pot, cook onions in oil on medium heat until tender and translucent. Remove from heat.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except canned fried onions to the pot. Using a spoon, stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
  • Pour into a 3-quart casserole dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
  • Top casserole with a can of fried onions.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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