Bobby’s Lighter Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Bobby’s Lighter Chicken and Rice Casserole Bobby’s Lighter Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe Courtesy of

542 fewer calories
42g less fat

Servings: 5 cups - 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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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.

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Chicken and Rice Casserole

Nutritional Information: 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

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Reader Comments:


This would be perfect if you could lower the sodium big time. It's just not the calories that hurt you for slot it's the sodium. Would love to make this for school lunch

By Donna Siler on January 24, 2014


Absolutely amazing! I used cream of mushroom with roasted garlic and it gave it so much flavor. Defiantly making this again.

By Knoxy on October 05, 2013


This sounds good, but good grief! Too many bowls, skillets & dishes!! If it takes more than 2, I'm not gonna do it!

By Nancy on September 25, 2013


Mmm! Yum! this is whats for dinner tonight! Thanks!

By maggie sawyer on January 28, 2012


I love Paula's recipes and saw the original recipe for this meal, but there are a few things in it taht I don't like. This recipe sounds awesome (by substituting a different kind of soup and take out the mushrooms). I can't wait to give it a try! Too bad Bobby's show is not available in our area!

By Wendy on January 25, 2012


I just have to say that this recipe was absolutely delicious and that I can't wait for the leftovers tomorrow! I thought while making it that there might not be enough flavor and was tempted to add some of Paula's house seasoning but I refrained. . .It turned out perfect! Thank You Bobby and Thank You Paula. . .I love your recipes!!

By Mary on January 07, 2012


I just want to say again.....i had sent a note previously.....i'm so excited to try these lighter recipes. Since I started weight watchers, I'm so happy to be able to use some of these great recipes! With the new calculator they give you, using the nutrition info you give us, makes it so easy to figure out what our points are. Paula, these recipes are really great.......please thank Bobby! Keep the recipes coming!! When I was at my weight watcher meeting and they asked, what web sites is everyone using to get recipes....well....when i said Paula Deen...everyone just looked at me..and I proudly said....YES, Paula!! I should have kept it my secret....oh well, it's right to share!! Thank you.

By suzanne morelli on March 15, 2011


I just made this dish. Very Easy and delicious. It will be a good meal for the week. thanks!

By Stacie on March 06, 2011


Love the idea of lighter recipes, have not tried any as yet but they should come in handy as I am following a low kilojule eating life style. Every once-in-a-while I can give myself and the family a treat by cooking one of your recipes. Thank-you!

By Jacqui Hendriksz on January 28, 2011


The original recipe (not the light) did not sound appealing to me; however, this one sounded great. I made it last night and left out the bell pepper. It was so good! The fried onions really took it to another level. I highly recommend this casserole!

By Anonymous on May 21, 2010

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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