Scrumptious Sunday ~ National Rice Month ~ Cranberry Rice Pilaf & Chicken Alfredo Rice Casserole

Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks

1 cup alfredo sauce
scant 1/2 cup milk
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon minced garlic, jar
2 tablespoons Classico sun-dried tomato pesto
2 1/2 cups cooked rice* (white, brown or wild – your choice)
2 cups chicken, cooked (I like to grill it) and cubed
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, revived
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3/4 cup italian bread crumbs

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine milk and alfredo sauce. Blend until smooth.
  • Add rice, chicken, basil, cheese and tomatoes and stir well.
  • Transfer to a PURE sprayed baking dish.
  • Bake covered for 30 minutes.
  • Mix melted butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top.
  • Bake another 20 minutes uncovered until crumbs are golden.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

*1 cup uncooked rice equals approximately 3 cups cooked rice

TRIVIA TIP: According to Better Homes & Gardens May 2008, the first recipe for chicken and rice casserole appeared in the 1896 Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking School Cookbook.

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 small bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup sliced and chopped mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup craisins
1/2 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1 cup water

  • Melt butter in a 3 quart saucepan
  • Saute’ onions and celery until tender.
  • Add mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Add bouillon, water and mix well.
  • Add rice and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender.
  • Add crasins and cook 5 minutes more.


I’m gonna try this this week, since we have about 4 chicken breasts, and that’s not really enough to feed the 8 of us unless its a casserole as this one. Thanks!