I feel the need to start this post by stating that under normal circumstances, I am NOT a fan of casseroles. Something about throwing a bunch of processed foods into a dish and baking it just doesn’t appeal to my appetite. And they usually contain some form of “cream of yuck soup” that I am just not comfortable feeding my family. To find a casserole recipe that doesn’t have at least one ingredient that makes me cringe is a rare occurance. Well, it happened. And the result was one of the most flavorful meals I’ve put on the table in a long time (As stated by dear hubby). The beauty of this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Just pull it out a little while before baking to take the chill off so you don’t crack your casserole dish.

Zucchini, Chicken, and Rice Casserole

Ingredients

4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 cups onions, chopped 1
garlic cloves, minced
3 cups zucchini, diced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
3 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme or1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350*.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large sautee pan and saute 1 cup of the onions with the garlic for 2 minutes.

Add the zucchini and mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes more.

Combine the vegtables with the cooked chicken, rice, broth, spices, and cheese. Mix and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and saute the remaining cup of onions for 3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and chili powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon the topping over the rice and chicken mixture.

Bake for 1 hour.

Amazingly, I had all these ingredients on hand thanks to a great Bountiful Baskets week. I’m sure other veggies could be substituted as well as long as you keep the method the same. YUM!

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Lindsay

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2 Responses to Zucchini, Chicken, and Rice Casserole…for People Who Hate Casseroles

  1. Yum!! That DOES sound really good! I’ll have to try it with all our zucchini and tomatoes. Hooray!

  2. You won’t be disappointed! It’s delish! And by the way, your blog is so sweet!

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