Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole aka The After-Birth Casserole

Hmm.  That may not be the most enticing blog title.  However, “The casserole I take to ladies’ who’ve just given birth” wouldn’t fit in the post title.  Plus, it’s catchy 😉  Now, if this post title intrigued you because you thought I was a crunchy lady that does placenta voodoo, I’m sorry this is the wrong spot…allow me to redirect you:

 

Alrighty, moving on.  You peeps who still actually want a casserole recipe should all be in the right spot 🙂

 

Back when I had my second child, I had just begun staying at home and had a joined a MOPS group.  MOPS is great organization for young mamas.  If you’re feeling sad and lonely, or happy and outgoing…you should join a local group.  More info. HERE.

One of the ministries MOPS has is meals for new moms.  AWESOME.  If you’ve been a new mom, know a new mom, or are about to be one, you understand what a blessing it is to get help with meals after that new baby arrives.
The very FIRST meal brought to me was this casserole.  My husband and I aren’t big on casseroles…but this one is FAB!  Semi-easy, can be frozen, and most importantly, can be eaten with one hand….b/c that’s all we mom’s have got to eat with!
Here’s the recipe and pics galore.  I hope you’ll try it…or better yet…be a blessing to someone and bring them a meal!  And if you’re just a crazy, blogging, homeschooling, un-planner like myself….a gift card to a restaurant will do just fine 😉

That Chicken Casserole I Make When Gals Have Babies

3 cups cooked chicken (I like to shred it.  You can also cube it.  If you’re in a real pinch, you can use a grocery store rotisserie chicken, or in dire situations, canned chicken in the tuna isle.  Whew, that’s a lot of variations!)
1 box Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice, cooked according to directions on the box
1 cup mayo (DO NOT use MIRACLE WHIP…you’ve been warned)
1 small jar pimentos
1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped finely
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can french style green beans, drained
Grated Government Style Cheddar Cheese

Combine all this together in a big ‘ol bowl.  Scoop it out into a casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.  (I put foil over mine loosely until about the last 10 minutes, then remove it, so the cheese doesn’t crisp up or dry out).

Here’s step by step:

The ingredient pic. You can BARELY see those red pimentos. They’re there. Don’t forget ’em.

I stew my chicken in chicken broth and then shred. Just FYI.

Shred it real fine-like. Or cube. Or use rotisserie chicken. Or canned chicken, if you must.

Dump it all into a big ‘ol bowl. Chicken, cooked rice, pimentos, green beans, cream of celery soup, onion, mayo, and the chicken is down there somewhere. Salt and pepper at this point to your liking.

Spread it into a glass (or aluminum disposable) pan (9×13″)…..

Now grate some Government Grade cheese. Mmmm. Mmmm. Pre-grated cheese is against my home-cooking morals.

I think the Cheap Cheese deserves one last shout-out. Here it is in all its’ grated glory….

Sprinkle the Grated Glorious Government Cheese on the casserole (My oldest prefers no cheese, hence the naked-ness of that one side). Poor kid….we’ll teach ’em right, yet! This is also the point you’d want to cover in foil and deliver to a friend.

Loosely cover with foil for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 375 degree oven. Remove foil with 10 minutes remaining…

Now it’s time to get a big ‘ol scoop of it….

And ENJOY!

Comments

  1. You are right – the title just slayed me 😉 But the pics are amazing!

  2. MMMMMMM!!! Thanks for the recipe but can you just make it FOR me when I visit you?? I am sure that will taste so much better 😉

  3. Oh wow. This casserole looks great. (I think I’ve made it before.)

    The title caught my eye. Eating the afterbirth/placenta is part of traditional Chinese medicine. I somehow thought of that at first. As if! Ick — needless to say.

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