Chicken Pilaf Casserole Recipe

Chicken Pilaf Casserole

Chicken Pilaf Casserole Recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken Pilaf Casserole
Chicken Pilaf Casserole

Chicken Pilaf Casserole is a comforting and delicious dish that combines tender chicken, flavorful rice, and a creamy sauce baked to perfection. This recipe is perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special occasion.


The origins of Chicken Pilaf Casserole can be traced back to traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, where pilaf dishes are a staple. Over time, variations of this dish have been created in different regions, each adding their own unique twist to the classic recipe.


How to prepare

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add the flour and cook for one minute.
  3. Gradually stir in the milk and broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Fold in the chicken, rice, mushrooms, peppers, and parsley.
  6. Turn the mixture into a 2 qt (1.89 liter) casserole pan.
  7. Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350°F (177°C).


  • Add different vegetables such as peas, carrots, or broccoli to the casserole for added color and flavor.
  • Use different herbs and spices such as thyme, oregano, or paprika to customize the taste of the dish.
  • Substitute the chicken with turkey or tofu for a vegetarian version of this recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to cook the rice separately before adding it to the casserole to ensure it is perfectly cooked.

- Feel free to customize the vegetables in this dish based on your preferences or what you have on hand.

- For added flavor, consider using homemade chicken broth instead of store-bought.

- To save time, use pre-cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken for this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Pilaf Casserole with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal. It pairs well with a glass of white wine or sparkling water.

Cooking Techniques

Baking the casserole in the oven allows the flavors to meld together and creates a deliciously creamy texture. Make sure to cover the casserole dish to prevent the top from drying out.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version of this recipe.

- Substitute the butter with olive oil for a healthier alternative.

- Use brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice for added fiber and nutrients.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the Chicken Pilaf Casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it before baking. Simply cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap or foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake as directed when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the Chicken Pilaf Casserole with fresh parsley or chopped green onions for a pop of color. Serve it in individual ramekins or a large serving dish for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken Pilaf Casserole with a crisp green salad, garlic bread, or roasted vegetables for a well-rounded meal. It also pairs well with a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of Chicken Pilaf Casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Pilaf Casserole contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Pilaf Casserole contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Pilaf Casserole contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chicken Pilaf Casserole contains approximately 25 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Pilaf Casserole is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.


This recipe contains dairy (butter, milk) and gluten (flour). It may also contain soy (from chicken broth). Please check for allergens based on individual dietary needs.


Chicken Pilaf Casserole is a balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, along with essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Pilaf Casserole is a comforting and flavorful dish that is perfect for a family dinner or special occasion. With a creamy sauce, tender chicken, and fluffy rice, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a tattered old page torn from a magazine, with faded ink and splatters of food stains covering the paper. The headline read "Chicken Pilaf Casserole" in bold letters, and underneath was a list of ingredients and instructions that seemed to promise something delicious and comforting.

I had come across this recipe in a small bookstore in the heart of the city. I was browsing through the cookbooks section, looking for new inspiration for my next culinary adventure. As I flipped through the pages of an old cookbook, the torn page fell out and landed at my feet. I picked it up, intrigued by the simplicity of the recipe and the tantalizing description of a dish that combined tender chicken, fragrant rice, and a medley of spices.

I decided to take the torn page home with me, determined to recreate the Chicken Pilaf Casserole in my own kitchen. As I gathered the ingredients – chicken thighs, basmati rice, onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin – I could feel a sense of excitement building within me. This was going to be a dish unlike any I had ever made before.

I followed the instructions on the torn page carefully, sautéing the onions and garlic until they were soft and fragrant, then browning the chicken thighs in a hot skillet. As I added the spices and the rice, the kitchen filled with the heady aroma of exotic spices and savory meat. I couldn't wait to see how it would all come together in the end.

After transferring the mixture to a casserole dish and baking it in the oven, I eagerly waited for the timer to ding. When I opened the oven door, a wave of warmth and fragrance enveloped me, making my mouth water in anticipation. I scooped a generous portion of the Chicken Pilaf Casserole onto a plate and took my first bite.

The flavors exploded in my mouth – the tender chicken, the fluffy rice, the aromatic spices all combined to create a symphony of taste that was both familiar and new. I closed my eyes and savored each mouthful, feeling a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment wash over me.

From that moment on, Chicken Pilaf Cassole became a staple in my repertoire of recipes. I made it for family gatherings, potluck dinners, and lazy Sunday afternoons when all I wanted was a comforting meal to soothe my soul. Each time I made it, I added a little twist of my own – a sprinkle of fresh herbs, a dash of hot sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice – making it uniquely mine.

Over the years, I shared the recipe with friends and family, passing on the torn page from the old magazine along with my own handwritten notes and variations. Each person who tried it fell in love with the dish, marveling at its simplicity and depth of flavor.

As I sit here now, reflecting on the journey that led me to discover the joy of cooking and the magic of sharing a meal with loved ones, I am grateful for that torn page that fell into my hands all those years ago. It was a catalyst for a lifelong passion for creating delicious and nourishing food, a bond that connects me to the generations of cooks who came before me.

And so, as I prepare another batch of Chicken Pilaf Casserole for dinner tonight, I do so with a heart full of gratitude and a soul brimming with love for the simple pleasure of a good meal shared with those who matter most. It is a recipe that has stood the test of time, a testament to the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories.

And for that, I am eternally grateful.


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