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Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish

Have you heard of a “hot dish?” 
 This dish is Midwest all the way!

It’s simply a baked casserole containing a starch, meat, vegetables and canned soup that here in the Midwest we call a “hot dish.”  The history of a hot dish goes back to the days when “budget-minded” wives needed to feed their families as well as their congregations in the church basement.   

This chicken and wild rice dish combines great texture and flavor and really hits the spot.  It’s a versatile recipe to which you can add a cup of chopped celery, a can of sliced water chestnuts and a cup of walnuts or almonds, if you like.  Or, add a can of French style green beans, chopped green pepper or a cup of cheddar cheese.  I keep it pretty simple with few ingredients.  

It’s that time of year when we need a hearty entree like this to warm us up after being out in the cold weather.  It’s a delicious hot dish that’s just as delicious left-over!
Chicken and Wild Rice Hot Dish


4 skinned and boned chicken breasts
1 cup onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 (6-ounce) packages uncooked long-grain and wild rice mix (I used Uncle Ben’s)
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth with roasted garlic
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced


Brown chicken in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Remove from pan and cut into bite-size pieces.
Add onion and garlic to pan.
Sauté 2-3 minutes or until tender.  Mix with chicken. 
Blend rice mix and remaining ingredients in a large greased casserole dish.
Add chicken mixture and combine.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until heated through.
Makes 6 servings


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes and cookbook giveaway! 


  1. Pam this look absolutely nice!! huggs, gloria

  2. I have never heard the term hot dish! That looks great!

  3. Sure, I remember My Mom trying one or two of those sorts of recipes from a Campbell's Soup can. Nothing great, but nothing too bad, either, as I recall.

  4. Wow does this ever look great. I have to tell you that wild rice is my all time favorite I just made it with leg of lamb this past Sunday and this is a must try next time!

  5. I have never heard of this but so simple and I am sure so tasty. Diane

  6. Yes to the hot dish! I have numerous recipes for different casseroles, or hot dishes, and they scream comfort food. Perfect eating on cold days. I love Uncle Bens wild rice, so I know this will be a very tasty dish.

  7. Mmmm! I could use a hot dish right about now! This looks so good and like back in the day, it still is a quick and delicious (and budget friendly) way to feed the entire family! YUM!

  8. Pam, your blog looks AMAZING! I know I've said this before, but this is without a doubt one of THE absolute best recipe blogs on the planet. No kidding,


  9. I've never heard of this 'hot dish', but it sounds really good!

  10. I have never made this dish with wild rice before. My mom always used white rice. I am going to have to give it a try!

    Giveaway drawing on my blog on Friday!

  11. I had never heard of a hot dish before but it sounds like a great idea for the dinner table.

  12. We make the same type of casseroles. Your recipe looks delicious.

  13. We had a little lady at church who always brought this 'hot dish' to the church dinners...she called it chicken and rice. I've never heard the term 'hot dish' before.

    I learned somethin' today!!! Thanks!

    God bless and enjoy the day! place! :o)

  14. I love the name of this, "Hot Dish"!...I am sure there are many variations on this and your dish sounds delish! I love these old style comforting. Blessings, Catherine

  15. Looks and sounds fab and so versatile, too! I love that Uncle Ben's rice mix and have been using it for many years. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I'm actually making a slimmer version of this tonight~yay, rah hot dish. In main stream America, it's at every church carry in!

  17. Wow Pam, this is hearty indeed! Very delicious yet fast and easy to make! Love your ready at hand ingredients because one can't wait too long to warm up with a hot dish like this one! Cheers!!!

  18. It's funny the different names we call the same dishes. Thanks for the lesson and the recipe. This sounds great :o)

  19. Thks for enlightening me! I've not heard of hot dish. This looks so good!

  20. This looks delicious and comforting, just what the doctor ordered for a cold night! Mmmmmm!

  21. I've never heard of a "hot dish," but this one looks great!

  22. delicious -- love a good hotdish, especially wild rice!

  23. This is kind of one-pot-dish. :P

  24. I have heard of hot dish, but I always thought it contained Tater Tots for some reason. Shows what us east coasters know! Wild rice is way classier.

  25. my aunt is from mn, and they eat a lot of hot dishes. this looks wonderful, and so comforting!

  26. I've never heard of a hot dish before but this looks so good that I have to try it!


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