Here is one more recipe that I tried as part of my review of Gooseberry Patch's Simple Shortcut Recipes Cookbook!
I chose to make this the same night I was serving it and I had it ready in no time, but you could prepare this a day ahead of time and bake it just before serving. I used one large Costco chicken breast (seasoned with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning) that I had baked earlier and I sauteed the celery and onion while the rice cooked. Then, I mixed everything together and that was it!
This casserole made me feel like it was a cozy Fall afternoon, because it honestly reminded me of the flavor of turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving. Very comforting. I really think your whole family will enjoy this one.
**Update (10/20/12) - I have made this multiple times and we love it! It has become a family favorite recipe. **
Pat's Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
adapted from: Gooseberry Patch's Simple Shortcut Recipes
recipe submitted by: Pat Beach
2 (6 oz.) pkgs. quick cooking flavored long-grain and wild rice
3 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth (or however much the box says)
1/4 c. butter, divided
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed or shredded
2 (10.75 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz. container sour cream
optional: crushed potato chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare rice according to package directions, using broth instead of water and 2 Tablespoons butter. In a skillet over medium heat, saute celery and onion in remaining 2 Tablespoons butter until crisp-tender. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice with chicken, celery mixture, soup and sour cream. Transfer to a greased 9''x13'' baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Top with crushed potato chips, if desired. Serves 6-8.
Jenn's Notes: I cut the recipe in half and I used a box of Uncle Ben's Fast Cook Long Grain and Wild Rice with 23 Herbs and Seasonings. So, that right there already had a lot of flavor. If you are in a hurry, you can heat this all up on the stove and skip baking in the oven.