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chicken rice casserole without dairy

Dairy Free Chicken Rice Casserole.

The coziest chicken rice casserole around - made without any dairy or gluten! Crunchy breadcrumbs, chicken, and creamy rice make this dish irresistible!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free
Keyword comfort food, creamy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 471 kcal


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup vegan buttery spread
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten free flour blend
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into one inch pieces
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked white rice I used Basmati rice. Use any rice you like.
  • ½ cup dairy free mozzarella shreds I used Daiya brand mozzarella style shreds
  • 1 ½ cups gluten free garlic breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a cast iron skillet, cook the chopped onion and minced garlic in the vegan buttery spread. Cook over medium heat until it starts to soften, about 5 minutes. You can use any kind of oven safe skillet, or you can use a regular frying pan and then bake the casserole in a casserole dish.

  3. Stir in the gluten free flour blend, and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes to get rid of the flour taste.

  4. Add the chicken broth and seasonings, and stir. Add the pieces of chicken breasts. You can use kitchen scissors and cut the chicken breasts right into the skillet (that way you don't make extra dishes to wash).

  5. Stir in the cooked white rice and dairy free cheese shreds.

  6. Make sure everything is covered in liquid, then cover the skillet with foil and bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.

  7. While the casserole is baking, you can make your garlic breadcrumbs if you are doing that from scratch.

  8. After 45 minutes, remove the foil and sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the casserole. Bake for another 10 minutes.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You need to cook the rice before you start this casserole. You can use pre-cooked rice from the store, or make your rice ahead of time on the stove or in a rice cooker.

Store leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

If you don't want to use breadcrumbs, you can use crushed potato chips or cracker crumbs.

If you don't have a safe brand of dairy free cheese, you can leave that out. This casserole will still taste good without the cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Dairy Free Chicken Rice Casserole.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 744mg32%
Potassium 520mg15%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 752IU15%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.