Instant rice is available in both white and brown varieties; either can be used in this casserole. Brown rice has a nuttier, slightly chewy texture and is also slightly higher in fiber than white rice.
Dried cranberries are chewy and slightly sweet. Like raisins, store dried cranberries tightly wrapped.
Condensed cream of chicken soup can be substituted for the condensed cream of celery soup in this recipe.
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