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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

My Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon makes for a flavorful quick fix weeknight dinner the whole family loves!
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

You are in for such a treat with my Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon recipe!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Cook The Bacon
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Making The Roux

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.

Add Your Rice

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Tips for Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner With Bacon

*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 and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, chicken, dinner, rice
Servings: 4 servings
  • 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
  1. Render bacon, drain and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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  1. 1
    Georgiana says:

    Holy tamoly, this looks AMAZING! I want to dive right into that frying pan! (As long as it’s cooled down a little. I mean, I’m not crazy…) Also, do you remember where you bought that bowl? I love it!

  2. 2
    Priyanka says:

    Wow…wonderful recipe and great pics. I just wanna grab that bowl ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 3

    Oooh, I love a dinner that only dirties up one pan! AND… I ALWAYS have leftover rice & chicken. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  4. 4

    Mmm, it’s like chicken bog meets bacon breakfast!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Looks fantastic!

  5. 5

    You’re killing me with these cheesy savory I WANT 13 BOWLS OF THAT dinners, girl.

    But really, about those 13 bowls.

  6. 6
    jenna says:

    now this is what i call comfort food! ๐Ÿ™‚ looks delicious jenny!

  7. 7

    I have not even had breakfast yet, and now all I want is a big plate of this. It looks delicious!

  8. 8

    Whoa. I want this, like right this very second. I know I will be dreaming about it ALL day!

  9. 9
    Lauren says:

    Sounds amazing with all that BACON! Mmmm….

  10. 10
    Jennifer says:

    Definitely going to have to make this one! Looks like I need to go purchase a cast iron skillet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 11

    Oh my heavens. All of that bacon and cheese look like HEAVEN!

  12. 12
    brandi says:

    I have to try this weekend!!!! Looks so good and you are right I have everything!!!!

  13. 13

    I am DROOLING. This looks DIVINE. Looks like it would also kill me with the amount of fat in it (me and fat aren’t friends these days, not by choice either, by way of my fat-digesting organ no longer being a part of me) but perhaps I could make it for my family and take some small nibbles. That’d be okay, right?

  14. 14
    Rachelle says:

    YUM this sounds good! I love that cheesy rice. I wonder if it’d be good with those diced breakfast potatoes w/peppers instead of rice? =)

  15. 15
    Jennifer says:

    Looks fantastic! It’s difficult to go wrong with cheese, bacon, chicken, and rice. All wins for me.

  16. 16
    Sarah says:

    This looks amazing! Your chicken looks seasoned, can I ask how you prepared your chicken for this dish? Thanks!

  17. 17
    Shaina says:

    Dinner perfection. I’m sort of in love with rice bakes. With bacon? Oh my.

  18. 18
    Stephanie says:

    I’ve never done this with bacon before, only ground beef. I may have to switch the ground beef out for bacon after this post!

  19. 19

    Yum! This looks great! Putting this on my list. P.S. I love your design and cannot wait for your cookbook!

  20. 20

    This looks amazing! Perfect for my weekend decadent dinners ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 21

    I am going to have to make this for my kids! Hope you’re dong well! Miss you

  22. 22
    Michele says:

    I have the same exact skillet as you do and just got it for my birthday a few months ago!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe Jenny! Thanks for sharing it. Your pictures are such a tease ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. 23
    Connie says:

    Bacon, cheese, chicken and rice? Yes, please. This looks super-filling and comforting. Thanks for the idea.

  24. 24

    Are you kidding me? This looks insanely delicious, like all my favorite foods in one crazy and simple dish! Thanks so much Jenny!

  25. 25
    Chels R. says:

    I would really love to make this for dinner tonight! Loving this!

  26. 26

    Hmmm, you do like your cheese, don’t you! And now you’ve added bacon. Gotta taste good.

    Keep writing…

  27. 27
    Jeri Wendzel says:

    Looks yummy! Thanks for telling me what’s for supper this weekend! BTW, when you print the recipe, the ads DO print. Just FYI. I am also going to try this with brown rice…boost the health factor a bit……’cuz I might add a slice or 2 or 3 more of bacon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. 28

    I love the cheese and the crispy bacon on top. With some hot sauce…. getting a growl from my stomach. Delicious! =)

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    Nikki says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m going to make it for dinner tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just an FYI – when I printed it via clicking your print button, that version is missing the 2 cups of chicken in the ingredient list.

    • 30.1
      Jeri Wendzel says:

      Just noticed that mine did that, too! I was wondering where the chicken was in the dish.

  31. 31

    This looks so great Jenny! Who doesn’t love an uber bacony topping with cheesy rice and chicken?! I would have more than 2 bowls, for sure!

  32. 32

    All that bacon looks delicious!!

  33. 33
    Brenda says:

    OH MY! Give me bacon, cheese and a cast iron skillet … I am a happy girl!

  34. 34

    This looks soooo good I can’t even talk right now. Wow, super easy too. Love that cute little cast iron skillet for this recipe too. great post.

  35. 35

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  36. 36

    Omg…i look and ths and die… So yummy!!!

  37. 37

    Holy moly Jenny…. this looks insanely cheesy and good!

  38. 38

    Tobasco-y chessey sauce with rice, chicken and bacon, you’ve got to be kidding me. This looks like a dream in a skillet! Pinch me. YUM!

  39. 39
    Ginger says:

    This is the perfect dinner! I love the simplicity of cooking in the skillet. I can’t wait to try it out!

  40. 40
    Alyssa says:

    Can’t go wrong with all that cheese and bacon…YUMMY!!!!

  41. 41
    Ashley says:

    What kind of cheese do you use? Sharp, mild, also is there also a certain brand of cheese you perfer?

  42. 42

    This looks so mouthwatering, Jenny! The perfect weeknight meal – quick, easy and super flavorful!

  43. 43

    This looks and sounds (and smells) amazing! I only hope mine comes out looking as good as yours. I’m making it right now! Smell the bacon in the air.

  44. 44

    That bacon looks phenomenal!

  45. 45
    Desirae says:

    Trying this one for my picky 5 yr old grandson. Looks wonderful! Question: After I purchase a cast iron skillet how do I prepare it or cure it before use? I know uou are supposed to do something to a cast iron skillet before cooking with it…

    • 45.1
      Jeri Wendzel says:

      There are usually directions that come with the skillet to tell you how to season it.

  46. 46
    Ashley says:

    This looks amazing!! So making this this for dinner one night ๐Ÿ™‚ what size skillet did you use?

  47. 47
    Gayla Jones says:

    So inexpensiveness all the ingredients that my hubby likes this is whats for supper

    Thank you

    Gayla ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. 48

    This looks so good! I love chicken and rice recipes!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. 49

    Jenny, this looks amazing…and so easy to boot!

  50. 50
    Esi says:

    You just can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks so comforting and decadent

  51. 51
    katie says:

    You make what could be an “ugly” casserole look good! I can’t wait to give this non-canned soup recipe a try!

    • 51.1
      Tabatha says:

      Made it, loved it!! Everyone in the family enjoyed every bite! Thank you for posting this!!

  52. 52

    BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love bacon, right after CHOCOLATE!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!


  53. 53
    Amber says:

    The ads say will not print…but 3 pages of paper were wasted on ads only..meaning they did print out. Just thought that you should know

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    michelle messer says:

    OMG You should call this Crack cheesy chicken & rice w/bacon. Seriously. It was DELISH!! What’s not to love here?!? My son went back for THIRDS! He eats like a bird.

  57. 57
    Joycie Higgs says:

    I cannot wait to try this. We love all the ingredients and I know my crew will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

  58. 58

    You absolutely cannot go wrong with healthy doses of cheese and bacon in any dish!

  59. 59
    Holly says:

    I’m wondering if this could be made ahead of time, put in a casserole dish and the baked in the oven later? In the summer, I like to make dinner in the am put it in the fridge so I can just stick it int he oven when we get home from “playing”

  60. 60
    Lauren says:

    Wow! I made this tonight and it was amazing! My whole family loved it. I am loving your website right now with all these quick and easy dinners with classic food that everyone loves. The cheese sauce with the rice was genius, I will definitely be making again! Thanks for posting!

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    MegT says:

    I just made this recipe Monday evening and it was well received by the fam. There was even a little bit leftover for lunch the next day, which was even better. I felt like there were a lot of steps to putting this together, but it was well worth it in the end. This is a recipe I look forward to doing again. Oh and because I don’t have a cast iron skillet, I just layered everything into a 13 x 9 pan and put it in the oven for a few minutes to let the cheese melt.

  64. 64

    I have got to purchase a cast iron skillet! I keep telling myself I need one, but then I don’t ever buy one. That bacon on top looks to die for!!

  65. 65
    Jess says:

    Made this tonight and used 2 ready rice pouches. Start to finish only took about 30 mins including cleanup! As usual u do not dissapoint!! Soooo delish and so easy! Thanks for yet another new family favorite!

  66. 66
    beatriz says:

    se ve buenรญsimo!!!! gracias por compartir, que buena idea la receta paso a paso con fotos!!!!!!

  67. 67
    Courtney Miller says:

    So, this dish was delish. And as a result, your cheese sauce is now my go-to cheese sauce recipe. Just made it to add to last nights leftover whole wheat noodles and made a fab mac and cheese. But now I want the bacon and rice skillet….dinner this week, for sure!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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  69. 69
    Karen says:

    Made this for the family tonight, and it was a hit! It’s definitely going into the “make again” category. Thanks for a tasty, and time-saving dinner. Love your site by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  71. 71
    crys says:

    I love your Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet Dinner with Bacon but may I suggest using cauliflower rice instead in this ( Here is how to make it recipe. Your recipe will still taste good and your kids will get extra veggies which if your kids are like mine is a miracle.

  72. 72
    stephanie says:

    Just made this. My husband loved it!!! I didn’t have cheddar so I used Mexican and it was so good! Next time I will use cheddar and maybe a little more hot sauce!!! Tum! Thanks!

  73. 73
    Jen says:

    It is snowing here in Colorado and I was looking for a recipe with ingredients I already had! I used left over chicken – btw it is very easy to shread even leftover chicken in your stand mixer! What a perfect recipe for a snowy evening! I did what some other people did and made it in a casserole dish. Thanks for a great dinner!

  74. 74
    Caridad says:

    galing talaga ng pinoy!pero sana Ms jessica makapunta ka dito sa amin,para matikman nyu naman,ang? aming pancit TOMBOY….jejejeje….. visit to watch pinoy tv shows

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    Katie says:

    What size cast iron skillet are you using for this recipe?

  77. 77
    Lisa says:

    This looks super tasty. I don’t like cheddar so I might try it with Mozz… do you think it would work the same?

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    Carol says:

    Would using Hormel bacon pieces work instead of cooking bacon?

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    Heather says:

    Is that day old COLD steamed rice, or just-steamed, hot rice? My husband shared this recipe on Facebook, so apparently that means I need to make it, LOL! Thank you.

  82. 82
    Courtney G. says:

    Made this tonight. It was delicious! Family favorite.

  83. 83
    Tabatha says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) 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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  86. 86
    Helly Jo says:

    OMG it looks SOOO GOOD!

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    Natasha says:

    We just made this dish tonight.. it turned out fabulous!

  88. 88
    Nancy says:

    I am SO making this for dinner tonight!!

  89. 89

    Just made this for dinner tonight, yummy! I’ll certainly make it again!

  90. 90
    Kendray says:

    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)!!

  91. 91
    Brandi says:

    has anyone tried making this recipe with quinoa instead of rice?

  92. 92
    Kendray says:

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

  93. 93

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. Cheese, bacon, chicken. Yes please!

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Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!