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Have no fear with this recipe! I knew it was going to be good when the hubby was making it. Chicken and fresh garlic can really get my taste buds revved up. Double score when I have hubby cooking instead of me - thanks dear!
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Chicken and Rice Casserole
4 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion , chopped (about 1 cup)
4 garlic cloves , finely chopped
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 ½ cups chicken stock
3 ½ cups whole milk
1 ½ cups long-grain rice (uncooked)3 cups cooked chicken , cubed (I use chicken from 1 Rotisserie Chicken)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
1 sleeve Ritz style crackers (finely crushed)1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat and cook onions until translucent. Add garlic, seasoned salt, pepper. Add flour and mix well. Cook until starting to color. Stir milk and stock into flour mixture. Turn heat to medium high and continue to whisk as mixture comes to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add rice and lower heat to medium low. Cook until the rice absorbs most of the liquid and is tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add chicken to the rice and sauce mixture. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch casserole, or two 8×8 inch casseroles. Combine bread crumbs and cheeses and sprinkle evenly over top of the casserole. Place in hot oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until topping is browned and casserole is bubbling.