Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

As it gets colder outside, nothing beats the warmth and comfort of this cozy dairy free chicken casserole. Packed with tender chicken, hearty rice and an irresistible blend of vegetables, this creamy gluten free and dairy free casserole is a crowd-pleaser! This meal is also so easy to make, which is a huge timesaver. It only takes a few minutes to prep and pop into the oven. It is filling and packed with veggies and protein. This casserole is also great for meal prep. It is sure to become a weekly staple!

Why You’ll Love This Casserole

It’s so easy to make! Even a beginner cook can do it.

This casserole is family-friendly!

It is gluten free and dairy free.

This dairy free chicken casserole is also easily adaptable.

It only takes a few minutes to prepare and pop into the oven!

This casserole is packed with protein and veggies.

It is the perfect weeknight meal!

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this dairy free chicken casserole is an 8×8 baking dish and 2 forks.

Ingredients Needed

Rice: You will need to use pre-cooked rice for this recipe. I recommend using a bag of frozen white rice to make this recipe super quick and easy! I like to use organic rice whenever I can.

Mirepoix: Another key ingredient in this casserole that makes it super easy to prep is frozen vegetables. I like to use a mix of celery, onion and carrots in this dish!

Broth: Feel free to use any kind of broth or stock you desire here! I used chicken stock.

Coconut Milk or Cream: This gives the casserole a creamy texture and delicious flavor!

Garlic Powder: Garlic powder is a common ingredient in chicken casseroles because it adds a savory and pungent flavor that complements the chicken and other ingredients.

Salt: My favorite salt is Redmond’s Real Salt because it is high-quality and made with zero fillers. If you use my discount code LESSWITHLAUR you can get 15% off Redmond’s website

Chicken: I like to use a rotisserie chicken in this dairy free chicken casserole to make it super quick to make! You can also cook a whole chicken yourself or use cooked chicken breasts.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F and gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Shred your chicken. Add all of the ingredients into a greased 8×8 baking dish and stir them around.

Step 3: Bake for 30-35 minutes. Option to broil at the end for 1-2 minutes to make the casserole crispy on the top. Serve and enjoy!

How to Shred Rotisserie Chicken

Remove the meat from the bones. Once the skin is peeled off, you can use your hands or a knife to remove the meat from the bones. The meat will be easy to remove, as it is already cooked through.

Shred or chop the chicken. Once the meat is removed from the bones, you can shred or chop it to your desired consistency. 

Storage

Let the casserole cool completely. Place the casserole in an airtight container or cover the casserole dish. Store the casserole in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Variations

Try out a crunchy topping for this dairy free chicken casserole to spice it up! I would recommend crushing some crackers and sprinkling them on top.

Substitute the frozen rice for frozen quinoa or cauliflower rice to try out a new base.

Add in extra vegetables like broccoli, peppers or zucchini to add in some additional flavor and texture.

Experiment with different spices and herbs to personalize the flavor of your casserole. Try adding paprika, thyme or oregano for extra flavor!

How to Serve

This dairy free chicken casserole pairs nicely with a side salad! You can also serve it with crushed crackers on the top for some crunch. Feel free to add some coconut yogurt for extra creaminess or hot sauce for some spice.

Recipe FAQ

Can you make this casserole gluten free? 

Yes! This dairy free chicken casserole is also naturally gluten free if you use rice.

Can you substitute the rice for something else?

Yes! Feel free to substitute the rice in this casserole for frozen quinoa or cauliflower rice to mix it up!

Can you use different veggies?

You can use any kind of veggies you desire in this dish! Try adding in broccoli, peppers or zucchini.

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these easy dinner recipes next:

Paleo Beef Stew

Hummus Chicken Salad

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

Easy “Teriyaki” Sheet Pan Salmon

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4.60 from 10 votes

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

As it gets colder outside, nothing beats the warmth and comfort of this cozy dairy free chicken casserole. Packed with tender chicken, hearty rice and an irresistible blend of vegetables, this creamy gluten free and dairy free casserole is a crowd-pleaser!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Keyword: casserole, gluten-free, meal prep
Servings: 4
Calories: 445kcal

Equipment

  • 1 8×8 baking dish
  • 2 forks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen rice
  • 2 cups mirepoix
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup broth
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk or cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and gather your ingredients.
  • Shred your chicken. Add all of the ingredients into a greased 8×8 baking dish and stir them around.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Option to broil at the end for 1-2 minutes to make the casserole crispy on the top. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

NOTE: I highly recommend using a rotisserie chicken, as it speeds up the process. I also recommend using frozen rice and vegetables to make this a super quick weeknight meal! 

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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