Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe 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.

A serving of vegan chicken and rice casserole on a plate with a green salad. A fork is sitting next to it, with a glass of iced tea and the rest of the casserole behind it.

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????

Looking down on vegan chicken and rice casserole on a plate next to a salad. Fresh broccoli and mushrooms are sitting next to the rest of the casserole.

The Best 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.

You can even make your own vegan chicken and it’s easier than you think.

More about this dish

Also, there’s a lot of nutrition in this dish, including the brown rice which adds fiber, manganese, selenium, and more.

And you broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, providing Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron and more.

Getting your greens in is important too, so that’s why we prepare a side salad, like this vegan Caesar salad, with  most of our meals. We love to include dark green leafy greens, steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and more in our salads.

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. 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, all-purpose flour.

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.

A close-up of vegan casserole on a plate next to a green, leafy salad.
A plate holds a serving of vegan chicken and rice with the casserole dish behind it and a glass with a pink beverage.

Vegan Cheesy Chicken and Brown Rice

This Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole is magical, because it’s so full of comfort food goodness that it disappears like that!
4 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 353kcal

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

  • Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Pour olive oil in a large pot with the chopped onions and cook over medium heat until tender.
  • Add vegan chick’n, mushrooms and broccoli to the skillet. Cook until the mushrooms are tender.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the cooked brown rice, vegan sour cream, vegan mayo, nutritional yeast flakes, and thyme. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer this to a baking dish and sprinkle with the vegan cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese melts.
  • Serve warm.

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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
Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 42.7mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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5 Responses to Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySuzRampage Reply

    So excited to make this. What size baking dish do you recommend? Is 9×13 too big?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Great question! I added a note to the instructions to use a 9″ square baking or casserole dish. I think you’d want to double the recipe to make it in a 9X13 dish. Hope you love it!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTammy Reply

    4 stars
    Very good recipe. I adjusted it for laziness, adding all the ingredients in the casserole dish + 2 cups vegan chicken broth. Cooked for 1 hr. It’s delicious!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySarah Reply

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

    Thanks!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      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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