Crockpot Chicken & Rice Casserole: An AI Experiment

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"A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe."
-Thomas Keller

Last month our ActiveRain Challenge was all about how we use AI in our business or life. We hoped one of our cooking gurus, like Will Hamm  or Endre Barath, Jr.  would jump in with an AI-created recipe. I know they are both too creative to need AI, but it might be a fun experiment.

Anyway, since that didn't happen and "cooking more" is on my Vision Board for this month's Challenge, hosted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and Kathy Streib, I thought I would experiment with it a bit.

Here is my first attempt, utilizing ingredients I usually have on hand:

Carol to ChatGPT:
"I have the following items available. Not all the items need to be used, but what can I make in the crockpot with frozen chicken breasts, mushroom soup, dried onion soup, black beans, white rice, Rotel, eggs, cottage cheese, and frozen peas and carrots?"

ChatGPT to Carol:
"With the ingredients you have, you can make a delicious and easy Crockpot Chicken and Rice Casserole with a twist. Not all the ingredients listed will be used in this recipe, as eggs and cottage cheese don't typically complement this type of dish in a crockpot setting. Here's a simplified recipe to make good use of what you've got:

Crockpot Chicken and Rice Casserole


  • Frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 packet of dried onion soup mix
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of white rice (use a variety that does well in long cooking processes like parboiled)
  • 1 can of Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies), undrained
  • 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots
  • 3 cups of chicken broth or water (adjust based on the rice package instructions and desired consistency)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prep the Ingredients: Lay the frozen chicken breasts at the bottom of the crockpot. Season them with salt and pepper. If the chicken is large, you might want to cut it into smaller pieces to ensure it cooks evenly.

  2. Combine the Ingredients: In a bowl, mix the cream of mushroom soup, dried onion soup mix, and the can of Rotel. Stir in the black beans, frozen peas, and carrots. Spread this mixture over the chicken in the crockpot.

  3. Add the Rice: Sprinkle the white rice evenly over the top of the chicken and soup mixture. Gently pour the chicken broth or water over the rice, ensuring it's submerged but not stirring it in, as you want the rice to cook evenly on top.

  4. Cook: Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. The dish is done when the chicken is thoroughly cooked (reaching an internal temperature of 165°F or 74°C) and the rice is tender.

  5. Serve: Once cooked, gently stir the casserole to mix the ingredients. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve hot.

This crockpot recipe is a hearty, comforting meal that combines the convenience of frozen and canned ingredients with the ease of slow cooking. The result is a flavorful, one-pot dish with minimal prep work required, perfect for a busy day. Enjoy your meal!"

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After receiving the recipe, I asked ChatGPT to create an image of what that recipe would look like when finished. That is the Feature Image I included with this post. It does look delicious, don't you think?

I am pretty excited about AI helping me on my journey to do more creative cooking for myself. Next time I'm going to try some more obscure ingredients and see what happens.

Stay tuned for that...

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Carol Williams

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Comments (28)

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Carol Williams thank you for the delicious crockpot chicken & rice casserole recipe, an AI experiment. 

Feb 08, 2024 08:48 PM
Carol Williams

Hi John Pusa 
I think I'm going to have some fun with it.

Feb 09, 2024 06:47 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol Williams  so sorry to disappoint you that I am not a fan of AI and your quote from Thomas Keller resonates with me... I have all his cookbooks and met him in person... as to the AI cooking... hmm  let me know how it turned out... Personally I look at five or six recipes on the internet and add to that about five or six from my cookbooks and then create my own meal... no AI involved:)Endre

Feb 08, 2024 09:46 PM
Carol Williams

No disappointment, Endre Barath, Jr. 
I know you're not a fan of AI and certainly wouldn't need to use it to create your amazing meals. I just couldn't leave your name out of any post involving food. 😊

Feb 09, 2024 06:48 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, the response you got sounded like it came from the mouth of a human who knew how to cook, haha.

Feb 09, 2024 05:06 AM
Carol Williams

Hey Brian England 
I know, right? I even love the comment about eggs and cottage cheese not being appropriate for this kind of recipe.

Feb 09, 2024 06:49 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I like everything in this meal and it seems to be easy to prepare ! Thx for sharing ……….

Feb 09, 2024 07:53 AM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Michael J. Perry 
I would do as others mentioned in the comments and put the peas and carrots in toward the end, or they will be overcooked and mushy.

Feb 09, 2024 08:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Interesting and hopefully a tasty experiment, Carol. Let us know.

Looks like multiple meals or perhaps having guests over.


Feb 10, 2024 10:52 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS 
It will certainly make multiple meals. I always have individual servings of homemade soup in the freezer. This would be another good one to freeze for a quick and easy meal later.  I will plug in a more unique combination of ingredients next time to see what it comes up with.  Stay tuned. 😊

Feb 10, 2024 11:03 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

So interesting, Carol.  I hadn't even thought about using AI with my cooking, but I can imagine the possibilities.  As an aside, for those who in the past, followed Debi Boucher here on ActiveRain, you might wish to follow her on Facebook too.  She sometimes uses AI in the enhancement, and actual creation of her photographs and images.  They are amazing.  Here's here Facebook page: Facebook

Feb 10, 2024 03:54 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Myrl,
I've had some fun experimenting with ChatGPT for recipes and images. It's one of those things you could spend a lot of time on if you let yourself. Thanks for reading my post.

Feb 11, 2024 05:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 10, 2024 07:32 PM
Carol Williams

Oh My! Thanks, Kathy Streib 
It's an honor to make your weekly list.

Feb 11, 2024 05:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Carol - if artificial intelligence could conjure up a Rosie-the-Robot inspired chef-in-residence I might be apt to adapt.  👨‍🍳 Happy Creating.  

Feb 11, 2024 05:15 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Michael,
I'm going to try some random and more obscure ingredients and see what it comes up with.

Feb 11, 2024 05:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How interesting! I made a dish from AI last night for a get-together. I had asked AI for an appetizer recipe that went with a pork entree. It gave me one recipe which I didn't want to make, so I said, "What about a recipe without peppers?" and it returned a much better option - an asparagus/spinach dip which was devoured.

Feb 11, 2024 06:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol,

How on earth did I miss this post! I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! Please try this one when you get back I'd love to know how it turns out. I'd have to go along with the observations from Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist .

Feb 11, 2024 07:02 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is an interesting idea. I wonder how it would work in a bachelor's refrigerator. 

Hi AI:  I have the following in my refrigerator. A molded lime, some old pizza, something Chinese in a box and a few beers. What type of recipe do you have for me?

Answer:  Get a wife!

Feb 11, 2024 07:42 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

LOL, Ed!!!

Feb 11, 2024 12:30 PM
Carol Williams

Hey Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 
I know you already have a wife, but if you were really a bachelor and that was the contents of your refrigerator here is what AI says:

Creating a recipe with the ingredients you've described presents a unique challenge, especially considering the condition of some items like the molded lime and the nature of leftovers (old pizza and something Chinese in a box). However, I'll propose a creative, humorous, and safe way to approach this culinary adventure, focusing on repurposing what can be safely consumed and emphasizing the need for a careful assessment of the leftovers' condition before use. Remember, when in doubt, it's safer to discard spoiled or questionable food to avoid foodborne illnesses.

Leftover Transformation Feast


  • Old pizza
  • Leftover Chinese food (assuming it's still within a safe consumption window)
  • A few beers
  • (Optional) Fresh ingredients for enhancement (if available): Any fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, a fresh lime or lemon for zest and juice, and fresh vegetables like bell peppers or onions.


  1. Safety Check: First, ensure the Chinese food and pizza are still safe to eat. The rule of thumb is if they've been in the fridge for more than 3-4 days, it's best to discard them. The molded lime should be thrown away.

  2. Pizza Reinvention:

    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Consider turning the pizza into croutons for a salad or a soup topping by cutting it into bite-sized pieces, drizzling a bit of olive oil over them, and baking until crispy (about 8-10 minutes).
    • Alternatively, if the pizza and Chinese leftovers complement each other (for example, if you have a vegetable pizza and some sort of protein-based Chinese dish), you could chop both into smaller pieces and combine them in a frying pan to make a sort of fusion hash. Heat them up together, adding any fresh vegetables or herbs you have on hand to freshen it up.
  3. Beer Pairing:

    • Chill the beers to serve with your reinvented meal. Beer can also be used to deglaze the pan after heating the pizza and Chinese food together, adding depth to the flavors.
  4. Optional Touches:

    • If you have any fresh vegetables, dice them and add them to the mix for extra nutrition and freshness.
    • A fresh lime or lemon (if you have one) can add a nice zest and brightness to the dish. Use the zest and a squeeze of juice to finish off the dish before serving.
  5. Serving:

    • Serve your leftover transformation feast with a cold beer on the side. If you've made pizza croutons, scatter them over a salad if you have fresh greens available, or serve alongside your fusion hash for added texture.


This recipe is meant to inspire creativity and make the most out of what you have, but always prioritize food safety. When dealing with leftovers, especially those of uncertain age, it's crucial to err on the side of caution. Enjoy your cooking adventure!

Feb 12, 2024 06:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting experiment. I posted your blog on X and will share it with Chef Dolores on Facebook.

Feb 11, 2024 11:48 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Roy Kelley 
I have a few more fun experiments I'll be sharing too.

Feb 12, 2024 06:16 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

I’m anxious to know how this turns out. Please keep us updated.

Feb 11, 2024 09:14 PM
Carol Williams

I will Joyce Marsh 
I'm on vacation until April so it'll probably be a while before I actually try that. Stay tuned for a few more fun experiments I have in mind.

Feb 12, 2024 06:17 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol Williams  thank you for your kind words and thinking of me when it comes to food:))don't forget, wine, and vacant land in the greater Los Angeles area:))))Endre

Feb 11, 2024 09:20 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 
YOU definitely are the man for food, wine and vacant land in the greater LA area.

Feb 12, 2024 06:18 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I definitely have to try this! This is one of those classic AR recipes that I’ll probably forget about if I don’t write it down. :) Yum!

Feb 11, 2024 11:55 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Laura Cerrano 
Put some of your own favorite ingredients into ChatGPT and see what comes out.  I do have a few more fun experiments I am trying. Stay tuned.

Feb 12, 2024 06:19 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think I want to hear about what are you guys think about the recipe after you guys have done it as well. Keep me posted!

Feb 11, 2024 11:56 PM
Carol Williams

Will do, Laura Cerrano 

Feb 12, 2024 06:19 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Carol Williams   For the record, when I was living alone for 19 years, I always had food in the refrigerator and never was anything spoiled left in it.

Feb 12, 2024 11:27 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I really want to experiment with this one. Do any of you have any ideas beyond the original recipe? I would love to hear them if so. :).

Feb 12, 2024 09:22 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thank you so much @Carol Williams! I just want to experiment and see what happens and go from there and have some fun,you know what I mean?


Carol Williams 

Feb 12, 2024 09:29 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife does all the cooking in our house. Not with the help of AI. Perhaps we will get together and see what concoction can be made from what is our fridge. I am sure it would be interesting.

Feb 14, 2024 05:39 AM
Carol Williams

I'll look forward to a report on that, John Juarez 

Feb 14, 2024 05:45 AM