Chicken and Rice Casserole

A gluten free, dairy free alternative for the regular full fat casserole we usually make .

If you are trying to cut down or shed all the extra weight gained over the holidays then this one is for you. I have used coconut milk here which enhances the flavor of rice and chicken and gives it Asian flavor.

         I hope at least some of you are sticking to your new year resolutions and carrying on with all the vigor.I have been sluggish and groggy past few days as the weather has been playing havoc on my allergies.I look like the Malayalam T.V serial star who has cried all day.
Some days everything is fine but the other days it is not so good. Haven’t made anything spicy for many days, cooking has come down to just what is required. I have been looking for something that does not trigger my allergy.These kind of casserole or one pot recipes have always come to my rescue.
You can play with the recipe in terms of spice.


Chicken breast pieces – 2 (around 1 lb)
Long grain rice – 1.5 cups
Carrot -2 ( medium size)
Green Bell pepper / Capsicum – 1/2
White onion – 1 chopped
Celery – 1/3 -1/2 stick chopped
Ginger – a small piece
Garlic – 5-6 flakes
Red chili flakes – 1 tsp
Coconut milk – 1/2 of 15 oz can
Spring onion -2 -3(chopped)
Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes.While that is soaking get the chicken ready.
Slightly oil the sides and base of the 9×13 casserole dish.
2.Cut chicken into small cubes. Apply salt and pepper and keep aside for 15 minutes.
3.Crush the ginger and garlic.

4. Heat veg oil in a pan and add the ginger garlic crushed and saute till it becomes golden brown then add the onions and saute till slightly transparent.Then the carrots, saute for two minutes then the celery and bell pepper saute one more minute adding salt & pepper and remove it into casserole dish.
5. In the same pan (need not add oil)saute the chicken adding chili flakes until sides are slightly brown but need not be cooked.Remove into the casserole dish.

6. If you like the rice separated and not mashed up in the end  do this step but if you like it that way just add to the casserole dish straight .Drain the rice off well and in  the same pan saute the rice for 4 -5 minutes until its slightly crisp.Add it to the casserole dish.Mix everything well add coconut milk and 2 cups of water if u want it dry and a half cup more if u like it slightly soggy.
7.Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for 30 – 40 minutes depending on the consistency u want.Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.
8.Sprinkle some spring onion and serve with a nice salad.


  • Since there is no cheese on top of the casserole the top layer tends to get a bit dry so keep an eye and stir in between if u want.
  • Adding a can cream of mushroom soup is a great option instead of coconut milk.
Here are more ideas for making casserole from other blogger friends.

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Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Smoked Sausage Chicken Cassoulet
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Cheesy Butternut Squash Enchiladas
Dishin & Dishes: Black Bean Enchilada Pie
Weelicious: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
Dishing with Divya: Chicken Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
Taste With The Eyes: Paella Rice with Baby Octopus & Meyer Lemon
Blue Apron: 11 Super Casserole Recipes for a Super Bowl Feast
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Pork Chop Casserole with Crimini Mushrooms
Red or Green: Stacked Cheese Enchiladas with New Mexican Red Chile Sauce
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Chicken and Rice Casserole
The Sensitive Epicure: Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole (Gluten-Free)
Domesticate Me: Mushroom, White Bean and Brown Rice Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere
Daily*Dishin: Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
FN Dish: The New Age of Casseroles

22 Replies to “Chicken and Rice Casserole”

  1. Sathya Priya

    Here too sis weather is bad now a days .Yesterday was very slow for me ,Today sun is up so normal schedule again .Lovely variations to normal rice .Very colorful .

  2. Rekha Vengalil

    Oh dear.. I know how terrible it feels… Take care! The casserole looks delicious and easy… Hope to try it on sometime

  3. Anupa Joseph (Palaharam)

    OMG… ur comparison with the malayalam TV serial star is just so hilarious…

    U take care my friend…hope u feel better soon…. The casserole looks delicious….I may try it very soon…seems a good option for lunch box

  4. Bhawna Bagri

    Last week only I was thinking about that I didn't see any post from you…now I got reason…take care of yourself Meena in this weather…casserole looks colorful and healthy..

  5. dentistvschef

    pretty dam delicious rice dish!!!
    i can imagine how coconut milk give a savoury hint on it,
    lovin your photograph, i can barelly taste your passion within it…..

  6. Rafeeda AR

    I was just laughing at ur reference… oh yes, colds do make u look like one of those irritating TV stars!!! hehe… this is totally new to me, but looks like a nice and warm meal all together…

  7. Alle

    Not sure what I did wrong because I followed the recipe exactly, but after an hour, this casserole is still swimming in liquid. It's nowhere near done. It's like a soup!

  8. Meena Kumar

    Hi Alle,
    I am so sorry to know the dish did not turn out as expected. Let us blame it on the rice.It is sometimes tricky when the rice cooks faster and tends to get all mashed up.
    Points to be noted are:
    Use good quality long grain rice.Soak it for 20 minutes and then drain off all excess water and fry until crisp.(see step 6)This ensures the rice maintains its shape until the end. Use less water for cooking the kind of rice u are using.Other than this I don't see why it should go wrong.
    I generally use my 9×13 glass baking dish to make this rice.I find the water evaporates faster in it.
    Hope this helps.Better luck next time Alle,some days are just bad.
    Thank you for stopping by and for the feedback too.

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