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Angel Chicken Rice

  • Author: Naomi
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


The Cheesy Angel Chicken and Rice Casserole is a hearty and comforting dish that combines the savory flavors of chicken and cheese with the satisfying texture of rice. Ideal for busy weeknights, special gatherings, or whenever you need a delicious meal that feels like a warm hug, this casserole is sure to please.


3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
3 cups cooked rice
½ cup butter, room temperature and cubed
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature and cubed
10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
3 cloves garlic, minced
0.7 ounce Italian dressing mix (I used Good Seasons)
1 cup chicken stock
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided use
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and generously spray a 9×13” casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a microwave-safe bowl, soften the cream cheese and butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Whisk until smooth.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked chicken, rice, butter and cream cheese mixture, cream of chicken soup, garlic, Italian dressing mix, chicken stock, half of the shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix well until evenly combined.
Transfer the chicken and rice mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
Cover the dish with foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbling.
Remove from oven, and allow the casserole to cool for 5 minutes. Remove foil.
Garnish with fresh parsley, and enjoy.


  • Ingredient Flexibility: This recipe is incredibly forgiving, allowing for various substitutions based on dietary needs or preferences. For example, any cooked protein can be substituted for chicken, and rice can be replaced with other grains like quinoa or even cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
  • Make Ahead: The casserole can be assembled up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. This makes it perfect for preparing ahead of time for a stress-free dinner.
  • Freezing Instructions: If you want to freeze the casserole, either baked or unbaked, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and then with foil. It can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking or reheating.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve this casserole with a side of steamed vegetables or a light salad to round out the meal. For a crunchier texture, consider adding a topping of breadcrumbs or crushed crackers mixed with a little melted butter, sprinkling it over the top before the final minutes of baking.
  • Spice Variations: Easily customize the heat level by adding spices or spicy ingredients to the chicken and rice mixture before baking. Suggestions include paprika, chili flakes, or diced jalapeños for those who enjoy a kick.
  • Cheese Variations: Experiment with different types of cheese for different flavors and textures. Mixing in some sharp cheddar or pepper jack can add depth and a bit of spice to the dish.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 548 kcal