I'm giving this a full 5 stars because it was THAT good! Fortunately, I read the reviews and realized I was going to have to make some changes, otherwise, I think I would have been terribly embarrassed in front of my company tonight!
I used sweet Italian sausage because I just prefer it. Removed from casings, fried & crumbled. Five chicken breasts, cooked in the grease from the sausage, removed to plate with sausage. Add olive oil to pan drippings and fry chopped onion with sliced bella mushrooms(not canned!),adding garlic towards the end. I then added 1 can of golden mushroom soup,1 can of cream of chicken soup, at least 3 cups of fat free, low sodium chicken broth, 2 boxes of long grain & wild rice with both seasoning packets. I mixed in the meat after the other ingredients were well combined. I added the slivered almonds to the mixture instead of on top, spooned all into a large casserole & refrigerated overnight. The next day, I let casserole warm as the oven came to 350 degrees & let cook covered for about 1 1/2 hrs. An extra person showed up for dinner so I microwaved some brown rice and stirred it in. Then I topped with french fried onions & browned uncovered for about 15 minutes. I got rave reviews! Dish was nearly licked clean!
I don't see how the original recipe could feed 8 people! I had 9 with nearly nothing left. Next time I think I will add another box of rice. Some reviewers thought this dish too salty but I did not think it was at all.
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I'm giving this a full 5 stars because it was THAT good! Fortunately, I read the reviews and...