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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  • Stove
  • Oven


  • 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


  • 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.


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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95 Responses
  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!!

  5. Heather

    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.

  6. Lisa

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

  7. Jen

    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!

  8. stephanie

    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!

  9. 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 🙂

  10. Courtney Miller

    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.

  11. Jess

    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!

  12. MegT

    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.

  13. Lauren

    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!

  14. Holly

    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”

  15. Joycie Higgs

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

  16. michelle messer

    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.

  17. Amber

    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

  18. Gayla Jones

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

    Thank you

    Gayla 😉

  19. Ashley

    This looks amazing!! So making this this for dinner one night 🙂 what size skillet did you use?

  20. Desirae

    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…

  21. Ashley

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

  22. Nikki

    This looks fantastic! I’m going to make it for dinner tonight 🙂

    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.

    1. Jeri Wendzel

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

  23. Jeri Wendzel

    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. 🙂

  24. Connie

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

  25. Michele

    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 😉

  26. Sarah

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

  27. Jennifer

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

  28. 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? =)

  29. 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?

  30. Jennifer

    Definitely going to have to make this one! Looks like I need to go purchase a cast iron skillet! 🙂

  31. 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!

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