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Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf

This post is sponsored by Harvestland. As always, all opinions are my own.

This Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf is a family favorite and the ultimate comfort food for a chilly evening.

Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf- a comforting casserole for any night of the week.

I have what you might call an *ahem* large family. I only have one older brother, but my extended family is borderline too abundant to count. Both my parents come from large massive families, with my mom being the youngest of eight and my dad being the youngest of fourteen (<<Yes, you read that right. And yes, I think my grandmother probably was a saint). Nearly all of my parents’ siblings married and had children of their own, which means I really do have more cousins than I can count. Side note: in a social work class in college I was asked to draw my family tree (both sides, cousins included!!), on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Ummmmmm, no.

Both sets of my grandparents were Amish at one time, which meant not only did they have big families, but they also were amazing cooks. As you can imagine, this makes our family reunions pretty epic. Lots of people + Loads of good food. I don’t know if any sight makes me happier than a table loaded with crock pots and fresh baked pies. I sincerely hope the streets of heaven are lined with casseroles and pie.

Of course, there are dishes we eagerly wait for every year. There are the usual suspects–chicken and noodles, meatballs, hickory nut cake, and custard pie. But I often find myself looking forward to this unassuming Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf most of all.

This Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Casserole is comfort food to the max.

This recipe comes from my mom’s side of the family, and there’s something about it that always makes me want to go back for seconds. It is supremely satisfying, homey fare–the kind that warms you up from the inside out. The rice gets thrown into a casserole dish with a party of other flavor agents–sautéed onions and mushrooms, garlic, wine, broth, soy sauce, and scrambled eggs. The result is an intensely savory meal that needs nothing more than a simple green salad to round it out.

This Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf is a satisfying dinner any night of the week.

Normally I’d reach for the dark meat for this kind of casserole, but this time I decided to try something different. Harvestland is a line of chicken, turkey, and pork that is antibiotic free, humanely raised, and contains no added hormones. They pay attention to details, right down to their “tenderness guarantee” on their boneless skinless chicken breasts. We all know the disappointment of trying to chew a dry, stringy chicken breast, so of course I had to give this a try.

Luckily, it didn’t disappoint. The chicken stayed moist and tender, despite baking for an hour. However, if you prefer dark meat like me, bone-in thighs or drumsticks would also be great (and very budget friendly!) in this dish. Whatever you use, this casserole will bring the family to the table, and keep them there for seconds!

Savory and comforting, this Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf will become a classic in your family.

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing more wholesome family recipes created with Harvestland products. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more you can check out their website and see where you can find their products near you!

Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf

Prep Time 30 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 1 hourCook Time
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins Total Time
Yields 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice blend
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, or your favorite chicken cuts
  • Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or sub for broth)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten free version)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour 1½ cups wild rice blend into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion and mushroom and saute until onions are translucent. Transfer the onion and mushrooms to the baking dish, leaving the butter behind in the skillet. Add the chicken to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes or just until each side is nicely browned. Transfer the chicken to the baking dish. Add the garlic to the saute pan along with the wine (it'll sizzle), and use a sturdy spatula to scrape up any browned bits. Pour the wine mixture over the chicken.
  3. Meanwhile, scramble the eggs with a fork and cook them in a small saute pan over medium low heat. Break up the egg into small pieces and add it to the baking dish.
  4. Pour the 3 cups of chicken broth and the soy sauce over everything and give the chicken a final sprinkle of paprika. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour, or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. The mixture might be a little soupy when you first take it out, but if you uncover it and let it stand for 10 minutes, the rice will slurp the rest up!

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  • wearenotmartha October 2, 2014, 9:04 AM

    What a beautiful dish! So perfect for enjoying a chilly night in 🙂

    Sues

  • TamraLS October 2, 2014, 12:14 PM

    Looks good, Courtney. You should try updating those reunion staples, Italian Delight & Cherry Delight. (Apparently, we like our food to be delightful. 🙂 ) Plus, you have to post your mom’s custard pie. It is THE.BEST. 🙂

  • Alice Choi October 3, 2014, 9:50 AM

    yes, your grandmother was/is a saint! I remember you writing about her before. . 14 kids under one roof?! wow. I love dishes like this. . recipes passed down in the family. . looks so delicious and I’m all about buying free range organic chicken. . thanks for introducing us to Harvestland!

  • Sue October 6, 2014, 3:23 PM

    Do you think it would be okay to make this without the eggs. We have an egg allergy. Could I put something else to replace it?

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 6, 2014, 6:38 PM

      You can definitely make this without the eggs. You don’t need to substitute them with anything else either. They just add a little extra texture. It shouldn’t effect the end result at all.

  • Sue October 6, 2014, 7:38 PM

    Thank you so much for answering. It is in the oven and smells wonderful. For ingredients you have 2 cups of chicken broth and in the end it says 3 cups. I started with 2 and after a half hour I added another. I think 3 is right.

  • Deb October 6, 2014, 7:48 PM

    This looks so good, I would like to try it tonight. One question though, the recipe says 2 cups of chicken broth but in the instructions you say to pour the 3 cups of chicken broth over the mixture and you don’t mention the soy sauce. Did you mean to combine the soy sauce with the chicken for 2 1/4 cups of liquid?

  • Deb October 6, 2014, 7:50 PM

    Oh, just saw Sue’s post about the chicken broth….what to do, what to do??? LOL!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 6, 2014, 7:57 PM

      So sorry about that! It’s 3 cups. I’ve fixed the recipe and added the soy sauce to the instructions as well. 🙂

      • Deb October 6, 2014, 7:59 PM

        Thanks so much Courtney! Starting it now!!

  • Sue October 6, 2014, 9:25 PM

    It was wonderful. Thank you for this great recipe. If anyone is confused, the rice is uncooked and comes out fantastic! I made it without the eggs because of allergies and did not miss them at all.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 6, 2014, 11:07 PM

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for coming back here to let me know. And thanks again for catching the ingredient discrepancy. Way to trust your gut on the extra cup!

  • Katie October 13, 2014, 4:35 PM

    This came out yummy and I love how you put it, “the rice will slurp the rest [of the broth] up”. So fun cooking with you!

  • Nancy October 14, 2014, 1:38 PM

    Every recipe of yours that I’ve made has been amazing, so I’m sure this one will be too. You’re absolutely right about it being homey and comforting. This is the perfect fall/winter dish. Printing it out and trying it as soon as I can!

  • staceyse February 10, 2015, 4:13 PM

    Did u mean 2 instead of 4 chicken breasts? Your picture only has 2.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood February 10, 2015, 7:34 PM

      I do usually put four in there, but if you’re cooking for fewer people or don’t have four, you can just use two.

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