Cheesy Chicken With Rice

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Cheesy chicken with rice is a dish that I created when I was cooking at my friend’s apartment. The ingredients of this One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole were simple and inexpensive and the premise of the dish was different to anything else I had cooked before. The result was a delicious meal that my friend requested I cook again. Check out these amazing health benefits of cheese that you must know!

Cheesy Chicken With Rice

  • Cook:
  • 50 mins
  • Total:
  • 1 hr 5 mins
  • Prep:
  • 15 mins
  • Servings:
  • 4

Ingredients

  • 1 10 3/4 ounce can Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or Healthy Request®)
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • ¾ cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces mixed vegetables
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast half (about 1 pound)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Stir the soup, water, rice, onion powder, black pepper and vegetables in a 2-quart shallow baking dish.
  • Step 2 Top with the chicken. Cover the baking dish.
  • Step 3 Bake for 50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Top with the cheese. Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes. Stir the rice before serving.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is made all in ONE POT and ready in only 30 minutes. It’s cheesy, it’s comforting, loaded with broccoli and super simple to make!

a serving spoon inside a skillet with chicken broccoli rice casserole.

Chicken and Rice Recipe

I wanted to share with you another favorite one pot recipe of mine. It has rice, chicken, cheese, and broccoli. Pretty much all the food groups you need so you know it’s going to be good.

Let’s talk chicken and rice! Who doesn’t love a good chicken and rice casserole sorta dish. But the beauty here is that it’s all made in one skillet, it’s super quick, ready in just 30 minutes, so before you know it dinner is ready to be served.

My favorite part about this casserole is the cheese and I like to place the skillet under the broiler just for a minute or so until the cheese melts and starts to bubble. Simple, quick and pure comfort food. Can’t beat that.

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole Highlights

  • The Best Comfort Food. This chicken and rice casserole is so cheesy, totally feel-good type of dish. It’s incredibly flavorful with lots of chicken and broccoli.
  • 30 Minute One Pot Meal. Because, yes I wrote a whole book about this, so you know I love these quick and easy meals.
  • Ideal For Busy Weeknights. Get dinner on the table in no time at all with just a few ingredients and all in one pot.

Ingredients You’ll Need

overhead shot of ingredients needed to make cheesy chicken broccoli casserole.
  • Chicken – I used boneless skinless chicken breasts that I cut into 1-inch pieces but boneless skinless chicken thighs will also work quite well.
  • Broccoli – I love using fresh broccoli cut into bite size florets, but frozen broccoli will work as well.
  • Rice – I used a long grain rice, but medium grain rice will work as well. If you use brown rice, this will require more broth and will take longer to cook.
  • Onion And Garlic – Essential flavor enhancers for any casserole. You can use fresh garlic which is the best in my opinion, but you can sub with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Cheese – Lots of freshly grated cheddar cheese for all that cheesy goodness. You can sub with Colby or Monterey Jack.
  • Liquids – You’ll need some chicken broth and a can of cream of chicken soup. If you don’t have or can’t find cream of chicken soup, scroll down for instructions on how to make your own.
  • Seasoning – Just some salt and pepper to taste.

How To Make Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

detailed process shots showing how to make cheesy chicken broccoli casserole.
  1. This easy dish comes together in just 30 minutes and it’s extremely easy to make. Start by cooking the chicken with the onion first until it’s no longer pink inside, then season with salt and pepper. Add the broth, cream of chicken soup, rice and cook for a few minutes until the rice cooks through.
  2. The rice should take about 15 minutes to cook, depending on what type of rice you used. You could use instant rice to speed this up. Brown rice will take a lot longer to cook and may require more broth.
  3. Add in the broccoli and cheese and continue cooking for a couple more minutes until the broccoli softens.
  4. Top with more cheese and cover with the lid so that the cheese melts. The chicken is incredibly tender and juicy and the rice is perfectly cooked. You can also place the skillet (if it’s oven safe) in the oven under the broiler for a couple minutes until the cheese starts to brown a bit. If your skillet is not oven safe, you can still do this by transferring the rice mixture to a casserole dish first.

I Don’t Have Cream Of Chicken, What Do I Do?

Don’t sweat it, you can substitute it with cream of mushroom soup or cream of broccoli. If you don’t have any of those either, here’s how you make it:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the flour and mix until it turns into a paste. Whisk in the milk and chicken broth until the flour paste is dissolved. Season with onion powder, salt and pepper. Continue whisking until the soup is smooth and creamy.

Can I Use Brown Rice?

Of course, just make sure you read the package instructions because brown rice tends to take longer to cook and usually requires more liquid.

Can I Use Rotisserie Chicken?

Why not? This will make this quick and simple chicken broccoli rice casserole even quicker. All you have to do is follow the recipe instructions as written, but just hold off on adding the chicken until near the end when you add the broccoli. Just make sure to cut the chicken in smaller pieces and mix it in to the rice mixture with the broccoli and cheese.

freshly made cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole in a skillet.

EXPERT TIPS

  1. Make-ahead: You can prep this the night before, up to and including step 2, then cover the skillet with a lid of aluminum foil and refrigerate until next day when ready to cook. Simply follow the rest of the recipe as instructed.
  2. If using frozen broccoli, make sure you pat it dry first.
  3. Feel free to add other veggies to this casserole such as mushrooms, peppers, or cauliflower.

Storage

Store leftover chicken broccoli rice casserole in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this for up to 3 months.

I usually just reheat it in the microwave from frozen, but you can also bake it at 350℉, covered for 20 minutes or until heated through, then uncovered for 5 minutes. Make sure it’s in an oven safe dish like a casserole dish.

ONE POT CHEESY CHICKEN BROCCOLI AND RICE CASSEROLE

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Serves: 6

This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is made all in ONE POT and ready in only 30 minutes. It’s cheesy, it’s comforting, loaded with broccoli and super simple to make!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into small cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ cup rice uncooked
  • 10 ounces cream of chicken soup (1 can)
  • 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the onion and chicken. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and cubed chicken. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes until the chicken starts to brown a bit and is no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until garlic gets aromatic.
  • Add the rice and liquids. Add the rice, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth. Start with 2 cups of chicken broth and if more is needed, add more until rice is fully cooked.
  • Cook the rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and cook over medium heat until the rice is fully cooked, stirring occasionally, should take about 15 minutes or so. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  • Finish with broccoli and cheese. Add the broccoli florets and half the cheese then continue cooking for 2 more minutes, until broccoli softens a bit. Sprinkle over the top with remaining cheese and place the skillet under the broiler for a couple more minutes, just until it melts and starts to brown a bit.
  • Garnish and serve. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole is made with rice, chicken breasts, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, water, and seasonings. You will love this easy and delicious comfort food meal.

Casseroles are a great solution for dinner. Most casseroles are simple to make and use ingredients you have on hand. Once the casserole is in the oven, you have time to make a side dish and set the table before it’s time to eat.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Not only does this chicken and rice casserole taste good, the aroma that fills the house while it is cooking will have everyone asking when dinner will be ready. This is definitely a dish I would label as comfort food. The rice mixture is warm and creamy and the chicken always turns out perfectly moist, never dry.

Recipe Variations

  • Small cut-up pieces of broccoli can be added.
  • Mushrooms, onions, and/or green peppers can also be added.
  • If you are not a fan of using “cream of” soups from a can, our recipe for Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute. It is creamy and flavorful without the modified food starch and monosodium glutamate.
  • You don’t necessarily need to stick to cream of chicken soup. Cream of mushroom and cream of celery soup also taste great in this casserole.
  • You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for your chicken and rice casserole.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole Frequently Asked Questions

As you can see from the number of comments below, this has been a very popular and loved recipe by our readers. To save you some time going through the comments, here are some quick answers to some of the commonly asked questions about our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole.

Can I use other “Cream of Soups” other than Cream of Chicken?

Yes, Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Celery both taste great in this recipe.

Can I use chicken broth instead of water?

Yes, chicken broth will add even more flavor. You can also use a combination of water and chicken broth.

Do I cook the chicken before adding it to the casserole?

No. That is one of the great things about this recipe! The chicken cooks along with the rice.

Health Benefits Of Cheese

Cheese is everywhere.

You can enjoy it melted on pizza, sliced up for a sandwich, or sprinkled over a salad. But cheese also has a bit of a bad rap as a high-fat food.

And while it may be true that cheese contains a high amount of fat, it can provide some surprising health benefits.

Nutrition Information

Cheese is what’s known as a whole food: a food as close to its natural form as possible, with minimal to no processing.

The nutrition you get from cheese can vary a lot depending on what kind of cheese you eat — and how much. Steer clear of highly processed kinds, as they can contain additives and high levels of sodium.

Beneficial nutrients present in cheese include:

  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin K
  • Zinc
  •  Calcium
  • Vitamin D

One ounce (28 grams) of American cheese contains:

  • 104 calories
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 9 grams of fat (5 grams saturated)
  • 1 gram of carbohydrates
  • 0 grams of fiber
  • 0.6 grams of sugar
  • 293 milligrams of calcium
  • 468 milligrams of sodium

An ounce of Brie cheese, on the other hand, contains:

  • 100 calories
  • 1 gram of carbohydrates
  • 9 grams of fat
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 150 milligrams of calcium
  • 170 milligrams of sodium

And in an ounce of Feta cheese:

  • 60 calories
  • 1 gram of carbohydrates
  • 4 grams of fat
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 60 milligrams of calcium
  • 360 milligrams of sodium

The key to finding healthier cheeses is reading the label.

Harder cheeses tend to be higher in sodium, and nutrient content can vary from brand to brand. Avoid products that are cheese-flavored and opt for minimally processed varieties instead. When in doubt, always check the packaging.

Potential Health Benefits of Cheese

Cheese made from the milk of animals that are raised 100% grass-fed contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2, a nutrient our bodies use to coagulate blood. Research has even shown that dairy products like cheese can help keep our teeth free of cavities.

Other health benefits of cheese include:

Bone and muscle health. The calcium and protein in cheese makes it great for building strong bones and muscle. Whey protein, the same type of protein used in many powdered muscle-building supplements, is plentiful in cheese.

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