Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Found this on Pinterest Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
It made enough for 3 meals.  Loved it.

Printable recipe:    Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 carrots, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
2 cups steamed white rice, prepared
16 oz prepared wild rice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Cheese Sauce
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Top with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Saute onions, celery and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken, both rices, salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Reduce heat to low.  Cook until carrots are cooked through.
2. To prepare cheese sauce melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously. Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted. Pour cheese sauce into rice mixture then transfer to a 9" by 13" baking dish. Top with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through. Serves 8-10 people

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