Chicken, Wild Rice & Kale Casserole

Chicken, Wild Rice & Kale Casserole Recipe

I love it when I can whip up a dinner with pantry staples that are neither planned for nor fancy. Okay, to be honest, I like fancypants ingredients but most of the time I like to simply open the pantry, grab what I find and cook it into something palatable. That’s what I do almost every day and things haven’t been turning too shabby.

Take for example this casserole dish. I already had onions, garlic, rice, and leftover kale. I made a short trip to the store and bought some chicken.

Things came about quite naturally as I sauteed the onion, garlic, kale, and chicken, combined them with rice and broth, and popped the pan into a hot oven! It was (almost) effortless and our hearty dinner may well become a weeknight go-to quickie.


Prep Time: 10 MIN

Cook Time: 1 HOUR 15 MIN


  • 1 ¼ cups wild rice blend (or brown rice)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small bunch of kale, chopped
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken (breast or thigh), cut into bite-size
  • 2 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 F. Place the oven rack in the middle.

Step 2: Place the rice in a deep 8×10 baking dish. Set aside.

Step 3: Grind the onion and garlic in a food processor or grate them using a box grater.

Step 4: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes.

Step 5: Add the chopped kale and sauté it until lightly wilted 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the baking dish.

Step 6: Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sauté (in the same pan used for the kale) until lightly golden all around, 5 minutes. Add the chicken to the rice and kale in the baking pan.

Step 7: Add the chicken broth. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes (60 minutes for brown rice). Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Let cool a bit before serving.

Jennifer Dumas

My name is Jennifer! Welcome to Dinners and Dreams. My goal here is to encourage you to try out recipes you never thought you could make at home. Furthermore, I also review products that I have used in the past or currently using to make every day buying decisions easier and to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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