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Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe made by a two year old!

Updated on November 18, 2013
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Meet the cook: Julius!

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Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe is so easy that a two year old can make it. This recipe is great for a family dinner when you are short on time. Just throw everything into a casserole dish and bake in the oven for a yummy supper. My two year old, Julius, loves to cook and he made this casserole. I find that having him involved in the cooking process gets him more interested in the foods that I serve for dinner. He loved this casserole and begged for seconds.

You can make this recipe one of two ways, regarding using cooked or uncooked rice: 1) You can pre-cook the rice before you assemble the casserole and cut the cooking time in half to 30 minutes. 2) Or, as my recipe outlines below, you can put the rice in the casserole raw and cook for about one hour, or until the rice is fully cooked. Our rice was not thoroughly done at one hour. So, I would recommend checking the dish after one hour every 5 - 10 minutes until the rice is cooked.

If you have a toddler helper, you'll want to assist them obviously first by always encouraging them to wash their hands before cooking. Then get all the ingredients pre-cooked and measured in easy-to-handle containers. Next, after they add each ingredient to the casserole dish, spread the ingredient out evenly. Also, mixing the ingredients thoroughly is another task that mom or dad can monitor. Your child will love cooking with you and the thrill of being able to add the ingredients to the casserole. Julius is always interested in tasting lots of the ingredients before they are added to the dish.

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Ingredients

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Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 Cups (or 2 Breasts) Chicken, Diced or Shredded
  • 1 Cup Rice, Uncooked
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Mixed Veggies
  • 1 Cup Red Sauce
  • 1 Cup Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Chicken Boullon
  • 1 tsp (or one clove) Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, Dried
  • dash Salt & Pepper

About the ingredients...

Chicken - I baked two frozen boneless chicken breasts at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes and then diced the meat with a fork and knife.

Rice - We used uncooked rice in this recipe. The rice came out a little al dente in some parts of the dish. Next time, I would precook the rice first before assembling the casserole.

Mixed veggies - I thawed frozen mixed veggies of carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli & then diced them with a fork and knife. Use your favorite veggies.

Red Sauce - We used meat flavored spaghetti sauce. You can use any kind of red sauce or just plane tomato sauce. This dish has lots of flavor from the Italian seasoning, garlic, chicken bouillon, and and cream of chicken soup.

Cheese - Use your favorite kind of cheese. We used a blend of cheddar and mozzarella which was finely shredded.

Italian Seasoning - If you don't have Italian seasoning, just mix equal parts of thyme, basil, and oregano.

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Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 6-8 Servings
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Easy Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 X 13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the diced, or shredded, chicken in the bottom of the casserole dish. Spread the rice, mixed vegetables, and Italian seasoning over the chicken.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the red sauce, cream of chicken soup, water, garlic, chicken bouillon, and salt & pepper. Stir the mixture until thoroughly combined and then pour on top. Then, spread the cheese evenly over the top.
  3. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked. When the casserole is done, let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool off before serving to your family.
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Make croutons for your side salad

This dish is so yummy with a side of fresh crisp salad topped with your favorite dressing and garlic toast. We baked homemade croutons for our salad from stale bread. Would you like to know how? Cut the bread into small cubes (about 1 & 1/2 cups) and place in a bowl. Melt 3/4 stick of butter and pour over the bread cubes. Top with about 1 tsp of garlic salt and a sprinkle of parsley. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Place on top of a lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 6-10 minutes or until crispy. I flipped my croutons over halfway through the cooking process to ensure both sides are crispy.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      This recipe looks delicious Melinda and your co-chef is so handsome. Thanks for the great casserole which will be perfect for the falling temps in Minnesota. P.S. Your pictures are making my mouth water, especially the first one.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I will be uploading the youtube video that we created sometime tonight, as soon as it finishes processing. ;-) Please follow me. I follow back 100%. ;-)

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      idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

      Your little sous chef is handsome, indeed! He has the makings of a good chef if he wants to be one. Your dish looks really good. I think I might teach my three year old niece on how to make that -- with more and more cheese! Thanks :)

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for following me Melinda and I am following back. I'm looking forward to seeing more recipe's for the winter months.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Mmm looks and sounds delicious. A sure one for me to share and save.

      Eddy.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Thank you Eiddwen. ;-)

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Let me know how it turns out. It was even better the next day after the flavors had more time to marinate. Can you guys hear my dishwasher in the background? I tried to edit it out, but it didn't work.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This looks delicious! I'm going to try it myself. Unfortunately, I don't have a cute 2 year old to help me. But perhaps my 21 year old son will enjoy it!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Including kids in the meal process is a great way to get them interested in trying new foods. You have my vote on this one! Great recipe.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I enjoyed the video you made for this. Great job! Voted up.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Thank you Writer Fox. We enjoyed making the video. We will do more soon.

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      Dan Harmon 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Now that's the recipe I need - one a 2 year old can do! Truthfully, it does sound good and will be on the menu soon. Perhaps with a helping chef in my grandson or granddaughter.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Wilderness,

      I'd love to hear about your cooking experience with your grand kids. Let me know how it turns out. ;)

      Sincerely, Mel

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