Cheesy Chicken Bacon and Rice Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Bacon and Rice Casserole is so delicious and easy to prepare. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, but it would also make a great breakfast or lunch!
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Cheesy Chicken Bacon and Rice Casserole

This dinner makes me so happy. It’s pure comfort food in a skillet, so you might want to make it asap for your family. You are likely to have most of the ingredients in your pantry which is always nice! I honestly use my cast iron skillet on a weekly basis. They run about $20 bucks!

This is a nice and thick rice dish that is hearty and rich. I like to top mine with a few dashes of hot sauce, oh baby it’s good! Hope you enjoy friends 🙂


Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe

Let’s render the bacon. I chose the applewood smoked bacon, highly recommend it!

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Nice and crispy 🙂

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

You guys are going to be pros at making roux, I’ve been using my cheese sauce so much lately.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper then slowly whisk in the chicken broth.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Once the chicken broth is nice and thick, add your cheese. Mix until smooth.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Add a few dashes of hot sauce. Any of your favorite brand works.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Give a nice stir.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Once your bacon fat is drained from skillet, add 2 tablespoons back to pan and add your cooked rice.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Add 2 cups cooked shredded chicken.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Time to add the cheese sauce baby!

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Give a nice mix.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Add a little more cheese on top.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Like so.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Now…add that cooked, crumbled bacon to the top and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

Ahhhh, there we go 🙂 Enjoy!

Tips for Making this Cheesy Chicken Casserole

*Rotisserie chicken works great in this recipe and saves cooking time.

*Pre-cook your bacon or use microwave bacon for extra time saving.

*Add your favorite chopped vegetables to the rice, any of your favorites taste great! I’d give them a quick saute before adding.

Cheesy Chicken Bacon and Rice Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Bacon and Rice Casserole is so delicious and easy to prepare. It's perfect for busy weeknights, but it would also make a great breakfast or lunch!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 861kcal
Author: Jenny
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Equipment

  • Stove
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons Hot Sauce
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 cups steamed white rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Render bacon, drain and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings.
  • Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, and pepper until smooth and bubbly. Slowly whisk in chicken broth. Increase heat to high whisking broth until thickened. Reduce heat to low and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Stir in hot sauce. Reduce heat to a simmer and set aside.
  • Place reserved 2 tablespoons bacon drippings back to cast iron skillet. Stir in cooked rice. Add chicken and cheese sauce, mixing to combine. Top with 1 cup cheddar cheese then top with crumbled cooked bacon. Place under oven's broiler for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 861kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1516mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1079IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 536mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Kendray

    Made this for dinner *again* last night. It’s always a favorite. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with this recipe!!

  2. Kendray

    Made this for the second time last night. LOVE IT!! It seems like a long and involved process, but it really doesn’t take all that long (especially if you go the lazy man’s route and bake your bacon like I did).

    This is the ultimate comfort food dish. Will definitely make again (and again, and again)!!

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  4. Tabatha

    I have to say, I’m not a fan of rice (I know, I know, how can you not like rice? I just don’t 🙂 ) I will be making this tomorrow! It looks delicious! Even with the rice!i hope it comes out as good as yours looks!! Thanks for sharing!!

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