Swiss N’ Chicken Rice Bake

Sharing a favorite baked chicken and rice recipe today! My Swiss N’ Chicken Rice Bake makes a simple quick fix dinner recipe for busy weeknights!

chicken and rice bake

Baked Chicken and Rice

With back to school in full swing, I am all about simple dinners at our house. Between homework and sports starting back up….and a new baby I need dinner to be made simple. This casserole has basic pantry items that you are likely to have on hand at any given time. Full of flavor, be prepared to have a dinner the whole family is going to love!

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chicken and rice bake

How To Make Baked Chicken and Rice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and cook 2 cups dry rice according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add rice, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in vegetables, pasta sauce, Parmesan, and shredded chicken. Transfer to 9×13 baking dish spreading evenly. Top with Swiss cheese and bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot.

chicken and rice bake

Add your cooked rice and give a good stir.

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Season with some fabulous kosher salt.

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Add some freshly ground black pepper.

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Chicken time!

chicken and rice bake

Parmesan cheese please.

chicken and rice bake

Some mixed veggies.

chicken and rice bake

Marinara or pasta sauce.

chicken and rice bake

Give her a good mix, taste and season more if desired.

chicken and rice bake

Transfer to a lovely baking dish.

chicken and rice bake

Top with some Swiss Cheese slices. You can top with any cheese really, mozzarella would also be great.

chicken and rice bake

Swiss N’ Chicken Vegetable Marinara Rice Bake

This Swiss N’ Chicken Vegetable Marinara Rice Bake makes a perfect quick fix dinner for busy weeknights!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $10
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown or white rice
  • 2 large chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 26 ounce jar marinara or pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook 2 cups dry rice according to package directions.
  • Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add rice, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in vegetables, pasta sauce, Parmesan, and shredded chicken. Transfer to 9×13 baking dish spreading evenly. Top with Swiss cheese and bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1113mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2983IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 2mg
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23 Responses
  1. Amanda

    This looks great. I might try it with some saffron rice my friend brought me from the Disney spice store.
    I was glad to read on FB that Paxton came home!!! I know that is such a joy for your family. 🙂

  2. Pamela Dungar

    Tomorrows dinner, many thanks for this easy tasty recipe, no shopping involved. I always have cooked rice in the freezer along with homemade marinara sauce. One lazy,sewing afternoon coming my way.

  3. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal

    Jenny – I love your recipes and your book! Your pictures always make me happy…and hungry, lol. This recipe definitely helps me to make less mess in the kitchen 😀 and congrats again on your new bundle of joy!

  4. Michelle K

    Congrats on the new baby! Like others I had been wondering about the arrival and just figured since the site was movin’ along so well, it must not be time yet! You’re a rockstar!!!!

    1. Jenny

      Hi Michelle 🙂 We just got to bring our little guy home last night. Before he was born, I scheduled out 1 months worth of recipes so I could take a break. Wish I could say I was a rockstar, but I just organized a little 🙂 Will be posting about sweet baby boy soon!

    1. Jenny

      Haha, totally not. Luckily I scheduled out 6 weeks of recipes before Pax was born. I haven’t stepped foot in my kitchen in weeks, lol! At least it looks like I have 🙂

  5. Jill Green

    Congratulations on the new baby! I missed the details on here if you posted them – and I’ve been watching too. Hope all is well. Looks like you haven’t skipped a beat even with the expanding household. You must be superwoman!

    1. Jenny

      Not at all Jill, I scheduled out these recipes before our little guy was born….thank goodness! Will be posting all about Paxton soon 🙂

  6. Axelle the french cook

    This is a very good and simple idea. I’m going to try it soon with my family 😉
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. j3nn

    YUM! I love that this uses Swiss cheese. It’s probably my favorite, even though I love all cheesy goodness. Swiss is definitely an underused cheese. 🙂

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