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Chicken and Rice Casserole (and how-to remember your recipe)

As parents, you’re either thinking it or someone is asking it - what’s for dinner? You know you’ve made good recipes in the past but you can’t remember what they are - or, you can remember all but one detail of an old favorite. In comes Google Drive and the Google recipe template to save the day. Now you can document (and find!) your favorite recipes with a simple click of the button.

Recently someone in my neighborhood was diagnosed with cancer. I knew I wanted to take them a meal and I knew I wanted it to be my go-to chicken and rice casserole. One problem - I couldn’t remember if it called for mayo or sour cream. And since this was a recipe I only knew in my head, I couldn't do an internet search for it.

That’s when I decided to start entering my go-to recipes into Google instead of trying to find them locked away in my brain somewhere. So easy!

Recording our favorite recipes also means we have a wealth of knowledge and memories to pass down to our kids, too. They’ll one day ask how you used to make such and such recipe when they were kids and you'll actually have something to hand them. (Unlike my Italian family that has yet to transcribe the beloved meatball recipe from my childhood.)

Check out my chicken and rice casserole recipe below and PLEASE FOR THE LOVE share your favorite recipe with me because someone just asked - what's for dinner?

RECIPE Chicken and Rice Casserole


  • 2-4.5oz cans white meat chicken, drained

  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

  • ½ cup mayo

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • 1 bag Success Rice, microwaved/drained

  • ½-1 stick butter

  • 1-2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine the first 9 ingredients.

  3. Pour into greased 9x13 casserole dish.

  4. Make topping by melting butter and then folding in crushed crackers until well coated.

  5. Sprinkle topping to cover the top of the casserole.

  6. Bake for 30 min uncovered until crackers are golden and crispy.

Tips: Can substitute rotisserie chicken for canned chicken. Can substitute Cream of Celery soup or use any two canned creamy soups you have on hand. Amount of chicken and cracker topping used in the recipe can vary based on preference.


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