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Yep, I’m sharing another comfort food recipe that’s going to be a family favorite at your house, much like the Loaded Mashed Tater Casserole that so many of you enjoyed! Several of you asked about the best way to know for sure that your casseroles are hot at the center and safe to eat. My easy answer to that quandary? Use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer and you’ll know in… well, an instant! (See Tip #4 below for the easy how-to.)
Easy Recipe Tips For Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake
1. Holy Chipotle!
Minced chipotles are something I love to keep on-hand in my fridge as a condiment (thank you very much, Pioneer Woman!); they add such a spicy/smoky flavor to any recipe and a little goes a long way. Once you’ve purchased a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, toss them into your food processor and blend until smooth. Store the puréed chipotles in a glass jar in your fridge to use in any dish that calls for adobo sauce, chipotle sauce, or minced chipotles.
2. Jasmine Rice Bake
Notice that this Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake features jasmine rice, not long grain rice. I’ve begun using jasmine rice in nearly all of my casserole recipes because I really like the texture! I’ve had trouble with long grain rice can get really “gummy and gloppy” sometimes, and long grain rice also takes much longer to cook than jasmine or basmati rice.
3. Make Now, Bake Later
I always try to assemble this rice bake ahead of time so I can bake it later when my family needs a filling weeknight meal, hot from the oven. It’s important to remember that if you’re baking this Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake straight from the fridge, you’ll need to add an extra 15-20 minutes of baking time.
4. Check Your Rice Bake Temp
How do you know when this Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake is hot and ready to go from the oven? Use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer and you won’t have to guess! Insert your thermometer into the center of the casserole and watch the dial (or digital screen); when it stops moving after a few seconds, this is the internal temperature of your casserole. What temperature do you want your Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake to be so that’s it’s safe and hot at the center? 160 – 165 degrees F. Now you don’t have to WONDER if it’s done….you can KNOW.
5. Know Your Kitchen!
Always remember that a recipe is just a GUIDE….nothing is set in stone. Because there are variables when it comes to cooking (temperature of your ingredients, altitude, how hot your oven bakes, etc), remember that cooking/baking times are a basic guideline and tend to vary a bit. Adjust your recipe as needed, based on YOUR kitchen. 🙂
Printable Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake Recipe
Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake
My fam went crazy over this Creamy Chicken and Chipotle Rice Bake, but really, who wouldn’t? When it's hot from the oven, topped with bacon and cheese, and just oozing with goodness, it's darn hard to resist. Plus, I bet you'll be thrilled that this comforting casserole is uber easy to throw together from on-hand pantry ingredients. You can have dinner on the table in a flash!
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ fingers
- Tony Cachere’s Cajun Seasoning Blend, or substitute your favorite cajun/creole seasoning
- 3 cups cooked jasmine rice
- 1 10.75 oz. can Campbell's cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 - 1 tsp. minced chipotles in adobo, or more depending on the level of spicy-ness you prefer
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Lightly spray a large casserole dish (or 9” x 13” pan) with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread the cooked rice over the bottom of the prepared casserole dish, then top the rice with chicken fingers; sprinkle chicken with Cajun seasoning.
In a separate small batter bowl, use a whisk to combine cream of chicken soup with the chipotles and milk until smooth; slowly pour this mixture over the chicken and rice in the baking dish.
Bake casserole, uncovered, for 25 minutes on the center rack of the preheated oven.
Remove the casserole from the oven; sprinkle with shredded cheeses and cooked bacon.
Return casserole to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes or until casserole is hot and bubbly throughout. Serve at once.
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