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Swiss N’ Chicken Vegetable Marinara Rice Bake

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!

Start by heating your olive oil and sauteeing your onion and garlic. Smells incredible!

Add your cooked rice and give a good stir.

Season with some fabulous kosher salt.

Add some freshly ground black pepper.

Chicken time!

Parmesan cheese please.

Some mixed veggies.

Marinara or pasta sauce.

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

Transfer to a lovely baking dish.

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


Swiss N’ Chicken Vegetable Marinara Rice Bake


  • 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


  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.

Makes 6-8 servings


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  1. 1
    j3nn says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  2. 2

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

  3. 3
    Jill Green says:

    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!

    • 3.1
      Jenny says:

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

  4. 4

    I swear you are like Wonder Woman.

    And I love you. And this food. And your new baby.

    • 4.1
      Jenny says:

      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 πŸ™‚

  5. 5

    I can’t wait to see a picture of the new baby !

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    Michelle K says:

    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!!!!

    • 7.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Michelle πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Will be posting about sweet baby boy soon!

  8. 8
    Michelle K says:

    Oh, and this recipe looks great!

  9. 9

    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 πŸ˜€ and congrats again on your new bundle of joy!

  10. 10

    Love this! So easy for those busy nights…which seem to be every night around here!

  11. 11
    yeni says:

    This looks super easy and fast to put together. I may try it with Orzo pasta too. thanks!

  12. 12

    Congrats on the new baby – can’t wait to see pics! This dish looks amazing…

  13. 13
    Pamela Dungar says:

    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.

  14. 14
    Amanda says:

    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. πŸ™‚

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    Caley says:

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  16. 16

    SO happy Baby Pax is back home! And that looks like a comforting meal πŸ™‚

  17. 17

    Oh yeah, I would totally do mozzarella on this!

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