Classic Chicken & Rice

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There really isn’t anything more Comfort Food than Classic Chicken & Rice, especially if you make Homemade Cream of Chicken to go with it! My family has been eating a version of this since my teenager first started solid foods. This particular recipe is slightly elevated with a little more seasoning and finesse involved, but still gives you the feel of classic comfort food!

Classic Chicken & Rice

Back when my kids were younger, this was a quick meal that I could make and everyone would gobble up. I would empty 2-3 cans of cream of chicken into a sauce pan and put the chicken directly into the cream of chicken. Let it cook for about 40 minutes and then serve it over long grain white rice. To give this a slightly more grown up feel, I decided to first make the cream of chicken myself and second, bake the chicken with some extra seasonings so that it got a better depth of flavor.

Classic Chicken & Rice

Honestly, the only issue that my family had with this recipe was that I didn’t make enough of it! Which just goes to show that sometimes its the simplest recipes that really can make an impact on your family’s food memories.

Classic Chicken & Rice

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Classic Chicken & Rice

A simple but flavorful classic comfort food elevated just a little bit!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chicken, Chicken, cream of chicken, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3 cups Homemade Cream of Chicken see recipe below
  • 3 cups Long Grain Rice
  • qt Chicken Broth

For the Chicken

  • 6 Chicken Thighs bone-in, skin removed
  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks bone-in, skin removed
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Parsley plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • Cooking Spray


  • Pre-heat oven to 375degF.
  • Sprinkle both sides of chicken with seasonings. Place baking rack on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and spray it with cooking oil. Place chicken on rack and place in oven for 25 minutes.
  • Flip each piece of chicken and return to oven for 20 minutes more.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add rice and chicken broth. Cover with lid and let cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, but do not remove lid until ready to serve.
  • In a separate sauce pan, make Homemade Cream of Chicken using recipe below.
  • In a shallow bowl, add portion of rice, place 1-2 pieces of chicken to one side and ladle cream of chicken over the top. Sprinkle with extra parsley.

Homemade Cream of Chicken

Delicious and velvety homemade cream of chicken that can replace the can with ease
Course Sauce, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cream of chicken, soup
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream


  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour, let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in chicken broth and let cook for 2 minutes. Then whisk in poultry seasonings, celery salt, white pepper, and salt.
  • Whisk in heavy cream and let cook for 2 minutes more. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Use as a replacement for any recipe that calls for canned cream of chicken.

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