Green Bean casseroles and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, but add some chicken chunks, and you have an everyday meal.  It is also great made with fresh or frozen string beans.  The green bean and chicken casserole is a great make-ahead freezer meal.

For more classic comfort food meals check out old fashioned mini tuna casserole and creamy chicken divan for one.

Green Bean Chicken Casserole in an square baking dish.

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Ingredients Notes

  • Rice – long grain uncooked rice
  • Chicken—Using precooked chicken makes this recipe super easy. If you prefer cooking the chicken yourself, I suggest using thighs because they stay moist and tender. 
  • Cream of mushroom soup – use undiluted since you want a thick sauce. Instead of cream of mushroom soup, you can substitute cream of broccoli soup. 

You can easily make your own mushroom sauce and avoid canned soup.  It’s worth a little extra time and makes a big difference.

Start by sautéing 1/4 cup of diced onions and 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms in a tablespoon of butter. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and one clove of minced garlic, and cook until the mushrooms are tender. Next, add 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 2/3 cup heavy cream. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir thoroughly and use in the casserole. The mushroom sauce can be thickened by simmering just a little longer.

  • Onions – slice about 8 ounces of mushrooms,
  • Green beans – my recipe uses cut green beans in the can
  • Onions – diced onions
  • Fresh green pepper – diced fine
  • Onion soup mix – the classic Lipton or Knorr is easy to find.
  • Colby cheese – I prefer a milder cheese, but you can use any cheese

How To Make Green Bean and Chicken Casserole

  • Cook the rice and add all the ingredients except the cheese to the cooked rice and mix together. 
  • Spoon into the baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook.  It doesn’t get much easier.

A couple of cooking tips.

  • Buy already-cooked chicken from the deli section of your grocery store.
  • This is a great dish to use up leftover Thanksgiving Turkey.
  • If using s frozen green beans, don’t thaw them before cooking.
  • If using fresh green beans, parboil them before mixing them into the casserole.
  • If using canned cut green beans, rinse before cooking.

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Green Bean Chicken Casserole in an square baking dish.

Green Bean & Chicken Casserole

A blast from the past! Green Bean Casserole is a classic holiday side dish, when adding the chicken and you have a tasty one dish meal.
4.34 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 casserole
Calories: 561kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes


  • 2 tablespoons uncooked rice
  • ¾ cup cooked chicken cubed
  • ¾ cup cream of mushroom soup undiluted
  • 1 can (5-ounce) cut green beans drained
  • 1 tablespoon onions diced
  • ¼ green pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion soup mix
  • ¼ cup shredded Colby cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare rice to package instructions.
  • Add all ingredients except the cheese into the rice and mix together.
  • Spoon into an 5 x 7 mini casserole dish and sprinkle the cheese on top
  • Lightly cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 20 -25 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake another 5 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 2226mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
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  1. I’m a fan of one dish meals and this one is easy and taste great. The only thing I changed was using a french cut green beans.