If you’re looking for a comforting one-pot meal that will please the whole family, look no further than this creamy chicken and rice stovetop casserole. Tender chicken, onions, and sweet peas cook together with long-grain rice in a creamy cheddar and thyme-scented sauce for a fast and hearty weeknight dinner.
The rice cooks right in the sauce, and everything’s done on the stovetop so that dinner can be on the table in just about 30 minutes, leaving you with an unfussy one-pot meal and maybe, if you’re lucky, leftovers for lunch.
To create the creamy texture in this dish we take advantage of the starch in the uncooked rice. Much like it does in risotto, the starch from the rice helps to thicken this casserole with some occasional stirring. You end up with one less ingredient to add and a creamy rice dish that’s deliciously gluten-free.
I love that this casserole uses many ingredients I have already in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. If you want to swap out the cheddar for another cheese, or another herb rather than thyme, be our guest! Have leftover chicken or even deli ham or turkey? Use that instead of raw chicken, and just stir it in with the cheddar cheese to heat through.
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