healthy chicken wild rice casserole

healthy chicken wild rice casserole

This is cold-weather comfort food at it’s finest. This is your winter dinner go-to. This is a wholesome comfort food casserole. This is Healthy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole.

So – what have we got going on here, exactly? A bunch of real, wholesome, good-for-you ingredients like butternut squash, wild rice, chicken, onion, a lil parmesan cheese and a handful of spices. Yummo.

But the real superstars are the wild rice + the butternut squash.

healthy chicken wild rice casserole

 

healthy chicken wild rice casserole

 


Look at those gorgeous super star foods. Easy on the eyes and the tummy!

There are so many things I love about this casserole but if I absolutely had to pick one? It would be the fact that everything about this tastes like comfort food while actually being super healthy.

I mean, you can argue me on the cheese, but c’mon. It gives a beautifully crunchy texture to the top of the casserole when popped in the oven for a few minutes.

healthy chicken wild rice casserole

I think we need to go back and talk about that squash a little bit more. Look at that golden-orangey goodness!

When you sauté the squash, it takes on an almost caramelized flavor that is just The. Best.

I discovered this by a happy little accident when I started to almost burn the squash while cooking it 😉 So obviously, this recipe is super user-friendly. I almost burnt part of it and it still turned out ah-mazing. Total pro over here, people. Healthy chicken wild rice casserole is the perfect way to kick off this winter/holiday season on a nutritious note.

With that said, I’m off to work on a gingerbread cookie recipe – because balance ❤️

Happy eating, friends!

healthy chicken wild rice casserole

 

healthy chicken wild rice casserole

 


5.0 from 11 reviews
Healthy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
An easy and wholesome comfort food casserole made with wild rice, chicken, and butternut squash.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • About 2 cups of butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 cup wild rice (measured when uncooked)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
  3. While the rice is cooking, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Toss with the thyme, sage, salt and pepper. Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until done (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from pan and set aside on a paper-towel lined plate.
  4. Add the diced onion and butternut squash to the pan with another tablespoon of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt + pepper. Cook about 6-8 minutes, until squash is a little tender - but not fully cooked.
  5. Add the chicken, wild rice, and ½ cup of parmesan to the squash/onion mixture and stir to combine. Add the entire mixture to prepared dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Add the remaining parmesan cheese to the top of casserole and bake about 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  7. Note: You can easily double this recipe! I made a smaller batch because I'm only feeding Grant + myself, but it doubles well. You can also adjust the cheese amount up or down depending on how much you like cheese!

 

 

33 thoughts on “healthy chicken wild rice casserole

  1. Love the wild rice close up! Makes me want to buy some right now and make your dish. I adore chicken and rice as a Sunday meal, unfortunately shops are already closed so can’t try that for tomorrow. But I will save it for another Sunday in the future. 🙂

  2. Life is not lived well without that “balance”, haha. I love the sounds of this healthy comfort food! I will have to give it a whirl and see how my fanily likes it. I am always on the prowl for delicious healthy meals.

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