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Sharing my favorite simple one pan autumn chicken and wild rice casserole recipe with you guys today!

One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I share a ton of recipes here on Half Baked Harvest, but I don’t often share more traditional, homey ones like this wild rice casserole. It’s odd because my family loves traditional food. Meaning lots of chicken and rice, tacos, and pasta… basically anything on the more bland side of the dinner spectrum. While I do share those types of recipes, normally I’ll put some kind of spin on them. I love flavor, nothing bland over here!

Today though, I am going the more classic route and loving it. This is cozy, healthy, filling, and all things delicious. It’s not a bland casserole in any way, just simple, feel good kind of food.

Okay, okay, and there’s maybe a good amount of cheese on top too…

What? Always got to have a little cheese.

One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I don’t know if you guys remember, but around this time last year I shared a cream of mushroom chicken and wild rice soup that my family and I loved. This casserole is sort of similar flavor wise, but just a lot less soupy and much heavier on the wild rice.

So just what inspired me to make this casserole? Well, like most of the more classic recipes I share with you guys, my mom inspired this one. She’s always loved chicken and wild rice casserole, but she grew up on the ones that are canned soup based. I wanted to create a version that was just as tasty, but a little healthier.

Fortunately, it was a pretty easy task and it turned out really delicious too.

One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Start off by cooking up some mushrooms, add some apples, wild rice, and chicken. Next stir in some broth and a splash of wine (you know, for good measure). Cover and simmer until the rice is tender. Then stir in some spinach, top with cheese, and bake until golden.

DONE.

Really doesn’t get much easier, and I love that this dish is an entire meal…carbs, protein, and veggies all together in one dish. This is truly a recipe made for busy nights.

Also, if you’re wondering about the addition of apples, I know it may seem a little odd, but it’s the perfect touch of sweetness for this extra savory recipe. Plus, I love the combo of apples and Gruyère cheese, so good.

Double also? if you wanted to add another layer of flavor, I would highly recommend topping the dish with thinly sliced prosciutto before baking. The salty flavors would be delicious with the apples, mushrooms, and rice.

One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And that’s it for me today guys. Shortening up the post a bit because I experienced my first migraine today (it’s Monday night as I am typing this) that has left me extremely out of it. The headache started a couple of days ago, but hit its high today and woe, I was not ready for it at all. Fingers crossed I’m on the up and up from here.

Hoping you’re all having a great week, and happy Wednesday!

One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

One Pan Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 489 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms
  • 2 ounces wild mushrooms
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme, plus more for serving
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine or more chicken broth
  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 1/2-1 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
    2. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large, oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring often until the onion is soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, the cremini mushrooms and the wild mushrooms, cook another 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are caramelized. Stir in the apples and thyme and cook another minute longer. 
    3. Pour in the 2 cups chicken broth and the wine and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rice and chicken, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 45-55 minutes or until the rice is cooked, if needed, add the remaining 1/2-1 cup broth if the rice feels a little hard still. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach. 
    4. Sprinkle the cheese over top the rice and transfer to the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and serve with fresh thyme. Enjoy!
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One Pan Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

ps. having leftovers of this dish for dinner tonight, because comfort is totally needed right now.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and absolutely loved it! It was so delicious. I followed some advice from others and did a little less rice and a little less broth and it worked perfectly. I also threw in carrots and broccoli and YUM! Thank you!

    1. Hey Sammy! You need to cook the dish for much less time. If you use and equal amount of orzo, I would recommend cooking 20-25 minutes. I am sure that will be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jane,
      I have not tried freezing this recipe, but it should be okay. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. 1 star
    Don’t use straight wild rice- a blend would have been better. Was very bland- flavors were overpowered by wild rice. Rice took way longer to cook than recipe indicates which led to very dry chicken. Spinach cake out bitter.

  3. 4 stars
    I didn’t see that you used a blend of wild rice, so my dinner came out purple 😂 Still tastes good though! I think next time I’m going to cut the rice down by half; it was a bit too much rice for me. And I think maybe I’ll add a can of cream of chicken instead of the full 2 cups of stock. I thought it needed a little extra creaminess. I love the base though! Super flavorful and perfect for kicking off fall! Love everything you do Tieghan!

  4. This just didn’t work for me. I kept adding stock but it was dry and flavorless. But I love most of your other recipes and own your cookbook!

    1. Hi Patti! I am really sorry to hear that! Is there anything that could have been changed while making this? I would love to help! I hope you continue to enjoy my other recipes! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I made this earlier today and it is fantastic. I made it in the slow cooker, just threw everything in raw and uncooked, put the crockpot on high for 3 hours, and then transferred it to an oven safe skillet to do the topping. I only added some panko and melted butter on top with the cheese, and I didn’t have gruyere so I used fontina, but I’m happy to find this recipe is not only very good but also very versatile! I made a pot of collards, a romaine salad, and a loaf of bread for the sides. A big hit.

  6. 4 stars
    Can this dish be frozen? We really liked it but it’s just the two of us and I want to freeze for a good meal later

    1. Hi Nicole! If you use 2 pans the recipe can easily be doubled. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I didn’t have quite enough cheese, would remedy that next time. My son (6) kept saying how delicious it was at dinner. He talked about how the chicken was “chewy” (I think he meant juicy) and how he liked the wild rice. Definitely will make again! Thanks!

  8. Instructions simply say add mushrooms. Do I slice or leave whole? I suspect I should probably slice first but asking for clarification, since the list of ingredients doesn’t stipulate. I’m using only cremini. Thanks!

    1. Hey Ann! You should use sliced mushrooms. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

    1. Hi there! The chicken is raw and not pre-cooked. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??