Secret Recipe Club: Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

cheesy chicken and rice casserole

Yay!  It’s my favorite day of the month, I get to reveal my Secret Recipe Club assignment for January.

I’m honored to be a part of this diverse international group of food bloggers.  In case you forgot, everyone in the Secret Recipe Club gets “assigned” a blog from which we are supposed to pick a dish to cook.  But, it’s all done in secrecy.  It isn’t until the ultimate reveal day (today) that everyone showcases their dishes and discovers who’s been their secret foodie link.  This club has provided me valuable exposure to blogs I might not otherwise encounter.  And now you get to experience it too!

My assignment this month: FriedIceandDonuteHolesMelissa, the author of FriedIceandDonutHoles, started her blog because of her passion for cooking and baking. You can spend hours combing through her vast recipe archives and chances are, you’ll earmark a bunch to put on your “to cook” list.  Next on my to cook list is Melissa’s Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms!

For my Secret Recipe Club selection, I gravitated towards the Comfort Food section of Melissa’s blog.  In the northeast, temperatures have barely peaked past 20 degrees this entire week.  It’s been so cold, venturing outside seems like a punishment.  To keep warm, I’ve been cooking filling meals that leave my family  satisfied.  Not surprisingly, I had a hankering to try Melissa’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole, knowing it would be hearty and tasty.  And, what kid doesn’t love chicken and rice and lots of CHEESE? After perusing the recipe, I was secretly thankful it doesn’t contain the traditional can of creamed mushroom soup.  But, dieters beware, this dish isn’t the best for your waistline either.

My 7-year old was more than excited to help create the casserole with me.  He stirred the butter and cheese on the stove, transferred the chicken and rice mixture to the pyrex dish, and made sure everything was spread evenly with lots and lots of cheese to top off the dish.


While the casserole baked in our oven, I apartment filled with pungent smells of cheese and garlic. We couldn’t wait to dig in.  Note: transferring the dish in and out of the oven was a challenge in itself as the casserole seemed to weigh 1000 pounds!

casserole pre oven

On a frigid night, only six people practically devoured the Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole; one that should easily feed 8-10 people.

I can’t wait for take 2 as I’m already concocting ways to tweak the recipe and add in more veggies like broccoli florets and red peppers.

Definitely check out FriedIceandDonutHoles not only for its wide variety of tasty recipes but also, to find out the meaning of its very peculiar name!


  1. This looks like a really delicious casserole — perfect comfort food!

  2. Now this is comfort food I would enjoy. It is very cold in Utah–this would make the perfect winter dinner. Great SRC pick.

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m glad you liked this casserole, and I’m glad you posted it! I completely forgot how much I enjoyed that dish, and I’ll have to add it to our menu again very soon! 🙂

  4. Looks GREAT! I had Melissa for last reveal – I love the meaning behind her blog name!
    Happy Reveal Day.

  5. YUMMY! This sounds so amazing!!! I’m a fellow group D’er

  6. Can’t go wrong with anything topped with cheese!!! This looks amazing….great SRC pick!

  7. This looks delicious!

    I had your blog for January’s SRC and I made your mom’s Bean salad! You have such a beautiful blog with such a great premise with so many great recipes! I’m happy to have been able to spend so much time looking through it.

    Take care! 🙂

  8. I love casseroles, especially when smothered in cheese! 🙂 This looks like a great meal for a weeknight.

  9. sarah pearce says:

    this sounds unusually nice,will be bookmarking for tea this week,thank you

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