Slow Cooker Chicken and Grains Casserole

An updated version of classic chicken rice casserole using brown rice and barley.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 6 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

6
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1
medium onion, chopped
3
medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)
1
medium stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth
1
can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1
cup uncooked brown rice
1/2
cup uncooked pearl barley
Chopped fresh parsley, if desired

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Stir in chicken. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink on outside. Stir in onion, carrots and celery. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently; drain.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat 2 cups of the chicken broth and the soup with whisk until smooth. Stir in remaining broth, the chicken mixture, rice and barley. Spoon into slow cooker.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 7 hours or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley.
  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Stir in chicken. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink on outside. Stir in onion, carrots and celery. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently; drain.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat 2 cups of the chicken broth and the soup with whisk until smooth. Stir in remaining broth, the chicken mixture, rice and barley. Spoon into slow cooker.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 7 hours or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Try using other grains in addition to the barley; quinoa or wheat berries will add a nutty flavor.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
1180mg
1180%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
7g
7%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
110%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.