Bobby’s Lighter Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Bobby’s Lighter Chicken and Rice Casserole

By Bobby Deen

542 fewer calories
42g less fat

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed fat-free cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup lowfat (1%) milk
2 cups cooked cubed chicken
1 (8.8-ounce) package cooked long grain and wild rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup French fried onions


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the beans; return to a boil and cook until just crisp-tender, 3 – 4 minutes. Drain.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 6 – 8 minutes.

Whisk together the soup and milk in a small bowl. Add the soup mixture to the mushroom mixture, stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the beans, cooked chicken, rice, and salt. Spoon into the baking dish. Sprinkle the fried onions over the casserole and bake, uncovered, until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden, 20 – 25 minutes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty:  easy
Yield:  5 cups - 6 servings

Per Serving (generous 3/4 cup): 261 Cal (31% from Fat, 27% from Protein, 41% from Carb); 18 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 27 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 65 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 778 mg Sodium; 37 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Chicken and Rice Casserole
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.

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Reader Comments:


Very good added finely chopped celery for crunch a little mayo and cheese similar to Paula but lighter tasting I've made both and prefer bobby version must add fried onions

By kayla on August 25, 2012

Just wanted to know if you were thinking about doing a cookbook with your light recipes.

By susan Escalera on August 12, 2010

LOVE Paula’s food.. but cannot afford sooo many calories so often.  Thanks Bobby for lightening your mom’s cuisine AND posting all nutritional values.  This is the BEST of all worlds!  Love ya’all… keep up the awesome work!!

By Kim on July 21, 2010

Loved the Chicken and rice casserole.  Trying the Chicken Boudine and Strawberry pretzel salad next.  Hope you have a recipe book soon!

By martha on June 22, 2010

Sounds good - haven’t tried it yet but will tomorrow night.  COuld you put a print link in so that we don’t have to print the whole thing just to get the recipe?  Just a helpful thought.  Had to print 3 pages just to get the recipe that would fit on one page.  THere is probably another way to do this but I don’t know how.

By Betsy Cline on May 25, 2010

Thanks for the lighter version recipes. Keep them coming. I like it. Need to lose some weight and get healthy,but love to cook. You are a sweet heart!!Keep smiling.

By Tessie Bouillion on May 25, 2010

Will definately try this recipes. I love all of you guys. All the recipes I have tried so far are absolutely rockin.

By Kathy Harris on May 25, 2010

I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.  Hey Bobby, how about a cookbook of your lighter recipes.  I’m a diabetic and must have lighter food.

By Sue Hamill on May 18, 2010

I tried both the Chicken and Rice Casserole and Ooey Gooey Butter cake.  They were great!  Love Paula’s recipes, but I also try to cook healthy for me and my family.  Thanks for the ideas.

By Leslie on April 23, 2010

I love the ‘lighten up’ feature of this website!  We get Paula’s delicious food but Bobby’s healthy spin.  It’s perfect!

By DessertForTwo on April 21, 2010

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