Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole contains everything about comfort food that we all love, including a cheesy topping. With only a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes to prepare, you can plan to make this recipe on repeat! Other Vegan Comfort Food recipes you can make in less than 30 minutes includes our One Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe and our Two Vegan Pizzas For Under $15 recipe.

Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole with mushrooms and topped with vegan cheese. A perfect, quick weeknight recipe for your family!

It seems like every family dinner involves some kind of broccoli casserole dish, topped with lots and lots of cheese.

It’s one of those dishes I used to camp out next to, eating spoonful after spoonful. Don’t worry, I always wipe the spoon off on my sleeve before plunging it in for another bite. 🙂

Can you tell I’m a joy at family gatherings?!

Of course, now I’m vegan so I don’t eat Chicken and Cheese Casserole any more.

Or do I????

Vegan Cheesy Rice Casserole

Why You’ll Love Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole

If you like creamy, cheesy, delicious casseroles, this recipe might just be your jam.

For me, it’s all about the the combination of the mushrooms, the creamy sauce, the vegan chicken, and vegan cheese. It tastes like a comfort food party in every bite.

As I’ve said before, the benefit of using vegan meats is that they’re mostly pre-cooked, so you can skip that step. Once you create the sauce and add the mushrooms, you’re half-way there to a finished dish.

Also, there’s a lot of health benefits to a dish like this one, including the brown rice which adds fiber, manganese, selenium, and more. And the mushrooms add immune system support, cardiovascular disease protection, and even hormone regulation.

And you can’t disregard the cholesterol-lowering benefits of broccoli, which is a cruciferous vegetable with a whole host of health benefits. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, cruciferous vegetables offer incredible cancer protection. I’m all for that, I don’t know about you!

Getting your greens in is important too, so that’s why we prepare a side salad with  most of our meals. We love to include dark green leafy greens, steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and more in our side salads. You can see that salad in our pictures with this Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole.

Also, I used a gluten-free vegan chicken product and I used an all-purpose gluten-free flour for the sauce. That makes this a gluten-free casserole. How fun is that! of course, if you like a little gluten in your life, you can find vegan chicken products that are not gluten-free and use regular, ol’ flour. Whatever floats your boat!

So that means this recipe is:

  • Creamy!
  • Cheesy!
  • Healthy!
  • Easy!
  • Gluten-free!

I have other words I could add to that list, but I like the rhyming pattern going on there. Let’s just go with that.

Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole

We hope you love this Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole as much as we do! If you decide to make it, snap a photo and share it using #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your recipes!

Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole with mushrooms and topped with vegan cheese. A perfect, quick weeknight recipe for your family!
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Vegan Cheesy Chicken and Brown Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole is magical, because it's so full of comfort food goodness that it disappears like that!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 353 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 10 oz package Gardein Chick'n Scallopini chopped
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose gluten-free flour*
  • 1 cup plant-based milk plain, not vanilla
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice**
  • 2/3 cup vegan sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese shreds
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350F.

  2. Pour olive oil in a large pot with the chopped onions and cook over medium heat until tender.
  3. Add vegan chick'n, mushrooms and broccoli to the skillet. Cook until the mushrooms are tender.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over mushroom mixture and stir to incorporate. Cook for about 2 minutes. Gradually add the plant-based milk. Cook and stir for about two minutes until a sauce forms.
  5. Stir in the cooked brown rice, vegan sour cream, vegan mayo, nutritional yeast flakes, and thyme. Stir to combine.
  6. Transfer this to a baking dish and sprinkle with the vegan cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese melts.
  8. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

* I used a gluten-free vegan chicken product and gluten-free all-purpose flour to make this dish gluten free. You can use alternative vegan chicken products that are not gluten-free and/or regular all-purpose flour if you're not concerned about gluten **You can either make your own cooked brown rice at home or you can buy packets of pre-cooked brown rice, such as Tasty Bite

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cheesy Chicken and Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 578mg 24%
Potassium 487mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Vitamin C 51.7%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Responses to Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole

  1. What would you recommend subbing for mushrooms? Would any veg work or is the end product reliant on their flavor?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah. Well, I really love mushrooms in this recipe, but you could try something like artichokes or maybe even some broccoli or cauliflower. Hope that works!

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