I was introduced to this casserole dish by my sister-in-law, many years ago. It was her assignment to select a dish for our church’s ladies’ luncheon and this was the star on the menu. From my first bite, I was a fan.
Since it was a ladies’ luncheon, I tried to restrain myself from licking the plate and hoarding the entire casserole dish. When I make it at home,it is an entirely different story. It’s that good!
I’ve seen some other recipes for this same type of casserole with cooked broccoli used instead of rice, but I prefer to have my broccoli on the side if that is going to be my vegetable side dish. I love the creaminess of the sauce and how it soaks into the rice, and don’t like sharing the sauce with the broccoli. It’s golden! I have no problem sharing my toys, but never my curry sauce. Sorry.
- 1-1/2 cups long-grain white rice
- 3 cups water or chicken broth
- 1 cooked chicken, cubed
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup milk
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1-2 teaspoons curry powder
- Cook rice: In a saucepan with a lid, bring the rice and water to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Pour the hot rice into a greased 13 x 9 inch casserole dish.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the cooked chicken on top of the rice, distributing it evenly.
- In a mixing bowl, blend together the rest of the ingredients. I love the taste of curry, so I add 2 teaspoons, but if you like more of a hint of curry flavor, start with 1 teaspoon.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, until bubbly and the cheese is melted. Serve hot.
Et cetera: The holidays were always spent at Mary Alice’s house. She went to extra lengths to make every gathering special. I have happy memories of going to her house, as I am sure my children do, as well. Even though her side of the family was HUGE and there were many nieces and nephews, she always made sure everyone had a gift to open at Christmas. She taught me so much, and enriched my life.