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Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

My Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice makes the perfect dinner for the whole family!  Flavorful rice packed with chicken, vegetables and just the right seasonings!
Chicken and Rice

Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice recipes are some of our very favorites to make during the busy weekdays.  You are in for such a treat with my Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice recipe!

I love making quick and simple weeknight dinners. My family goes nuts for this flavor packed one pot dinner Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice. Love that you won’t be making a huge mess in the kitchen with this one. One pot dinners are my favorite! I used a rotisserie chicken for the chicken in this recipe. Feel free to cook your own if you desire. Pre-chopping your veggies helps with your prep time.

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Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Chicken and Rice

If you would like, this recipe makes a great freezer meal too. Make a double batch and freeze one dinner for another time. Perfect for giving to a friend in need as well. See other Picky Palate dinner recipes HERE.

Chicken and Rice

Packed with veggies and loaded with oozing cheese on top. My favorite!

Tips For Making Weeknight Meals

  • Use cooked proteins from the grocery store to help save time. We like to buy a couple rotisserie chickens at the beginning of the week to use for a couple dinners during the week.
  • Pre-chop veggies ahead of time. This is a huge time saver as well.
  • Try to map out a meal plan at the beginning of the week so you are not at the grocery store numerous times buying groceries for dinner.

Chicken and Rice

Hope you enjoy!

Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy chicken and rice, cheesy chicken and rice casserole, chicken, chicken and rice, chicken and rice bake, chicken and rice casserole, chicken and rice recipe, dinner, easy chicken and rice recipe, quick fix meal, rice
Servings: 8
Calories: 275 kcal
Author: Jenny Flake
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute carrots, celery, onions and garlic for 5 minutes until slightly softened. 

  2. Pour in chicken broth and stir in rice. Cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes or until rice is cooked and liquid gone. Stir and season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt and red pepper flakes.

  3.  Stir in chicken and parsley. Top with cheese and cover with lid to melt. Remove lid and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 718mg 30%
Potassium 339mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 118.2%
Vitamin C 16.5%
Calcium 14.4%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1
    Heather Christo says:

    Great Comfort food Jenny!

  2. 2
  3. 3

    This looks so delicious Jenny!

  4. 4
    Jackie Carrano says:

    Minute rice or long grain

  5. 5
    Cindy D. says:

    This is an ok dish. I taste a little too much garlic but I’m not a huge garlic fan. I even used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic to tame it down. Not sure if I would make it again but my 16 year old daughter loves it!

  6. 6
    Rachel says:

    I’ve made this twice & both times there wasn’t enough liquid for the rice so it didn’t cook. I used long grain white rice both times. Shouldn’t the liquid say 3 cups water if using 1 1/2 cups of rice? I can’t comment on the taste because it got thrown out

    • 6.1
      Marcy says:

      My thought exactly when I read the recipe. I’m planning on doing the rice my way but following the recipe otherwise. It sounds really good to me. 😎

  7. 7
    Heather says:

    Can I use peas instead of celery

  8. 8
    Linda says:

    Could you do this as a slow cooker recipe with raw chicken breasts, first sauntering the carrots, celery and garlic and then putting all ingredients but cheese in slow cooker? How many hours on high/low? Then put cheese on top for last 15 minutes on low.

  9. 9
    Tammy says:

    I am making this recipe right now. After I sauteed the vegetables I added the rotisserie chicken and the seasonings so the flavor will cook into the rice and chicken. I’ll let you know how it turns out. There’s an annoying amount of duplicate comments as well as inappropriate ones, can’t they be removed?

    • 9.1
      Tammy says:

      I am making this recipe right now. After I sauteed the vegetables I added the rotisserie chicken and the seasonings so the flavor will cook into the rice and chicken. I’ll let you know how it turns out. There’s an annoying amount of duplicate comments as well as inappropriate ones, can’t they be removed? It turned out very good but definitely use minute rice, add more chicken broth and let it sit after cooking so the rice absorbs the liquid.

  10. 10
    Lisa says:

    My boyfriend and his roommate including his son loved it! Thank you for sharing!

  11. 11
    Courtney says:

    Soooo good. The first time I used regular brown uncooked rice. The rice never cooked despite the addition of more broth and water. Second time I used minute brown rice and it came out perfect!

  12. 12
    Brooklyn says:

    Can this be made into a low-fat receipt if so how

  13. 13
    Carl says:

    Do you cook before freezing

  14. 14
    Heather says:

    Is it that the broth is too low or that there is no instruction to reduce the heat? If you have the heat up that high while you are cooking the rice, the liquid will evaporate quickly and the rice will be crunchy.

  15. 15
    Rebekah Green says:

    The rice did not cook with the amount of liquid it said to use. Disappointed

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