September 29, 2013 Food & Drink

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Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. #LovetheSouth #GoDawgs Follow Lauren on Twitter

Dinner

Fall is here which means it’s time to bust out those crock pots and savory casserole recipes. This is a takeoff from Chandler’s Chicken & Rice, but with a few shortcuts to make it an easy, weeknight meal. This recipe will easily feed a family of four, or leave you with leftovers for days. You’ll need:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken (a fully cooked one from your local grocery store)
  • 1 bag of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Pouch (Long Grain & Wild)
  • 1 cup of grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 (10 oz) can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup — you can also use Cream of Celery or Cream of Mushroom w/ Roasted Garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced
  • freshly ground black pepper
Casserole 2

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large skillet of medium-low heat. Sauté onions, celery and pepper until the onion turns translucent. In a large bowl, mix shredded rotisserie chicken, rice, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, and mushroom soup. Add in sautéed veggies and a few more grinds of black pepper. Spray a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray then evenly spread your cheesy-veggie-chicken-rice mixture. Place lemon slices on top. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes. It’s going to smell amazing, but you’ve got to let it stand for a minute before serving. Enjoy!

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