A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.
Chase off the last of winter's chill with a hotdish. This is a recipe my husband remembers his Mom making when he was younger. We didn't have her recipe so we put this together as best as we could with his memories and my cooking experience (with some googling).
Chase off the last of winter's chill with hotdish. [Tweet this]
For this hotdish, I used all wild rice. Some people use a wild rice mix with white or brown rice, but I wanted all wild rice. I still had plenty of wild rice from my husband's last trip to Minnesota so that's what I used. My husband found a family sized package of boneless skinless chicken thighs on sale so that's also what we used. You could easily use chicken breast or a whole split chicken with or without skin and/or bones. To add a little color but still keep this recipe simple I added some frozen broccoli. Then, of course, to make this a hotdish it needed cream of mushroom soup.
I see why hotdishes are so popular. Hotdishes are hardy, simple, and taste amazing. This hotdish was exactly that. It also made a big 9x13 pan full so it's plenty to feed a large family or just 2 people all week.
Hotdishes are hardy, simple, and taste amazing. [Tweet this]
Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish
2 cups dry wild rice, cooked
1 shallot, minced (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
2 10.5 oz cans cream of mushroom soup
2 10.5 oz cans full of milk
1 1 pound bag of frozen broccoli
12 chicken thighs
Preheat oven to 350F
Cook the wild rice in water or chicken broth until it's tender (I did this the night before).
Saute the shallot and garlic in a little butter or oil until tender and fragrant (if using). Or you could also just use some garlic powder and onion powder.
In a large bowl mix the wild rice, shallot, garlic, soup, and milk until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper and lightly sear on both sides in a frying pan or griddle. (This step may not be necessary but I didn't want to risk the chicken not cooking properly. The whole hotdish bakes for an hour and gets very hot and bubbly so this may be an unnecessary step...use your judgment)
Pour the rice mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and smooth out. Top with the broccoli and lastly the chicken.
Bake at 350F for about 1 hour until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the soup mixture is bubbly and thickened.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with side of your choice I served it with Sweet Dill Glazed Carrots (I'll post this recipe soon).
For more hotdishes and casseroles check out:
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