Cheesy Chicken and Rice

This Cheesy Chicken and Rice is the perfect weeknight dinner recipe! It’s a creamy, flavorful rice dish that’s packed with chicken, vegetables and just the right seasonings.

chicken and rice

Cheesy 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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How To Make Chicken and Rice

  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.

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.

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

Tips For Making Cheesy Rice

  1. 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.
  2. Pre-chop veggies ahead of time. This is a huge time saver as well.
  3. 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.

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Hope you enjoy!

 

Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Cheesy Chicken and Rice

This Cheesy Chicken and Rice is the perfect weeknight dinner recipe! It's a creamy, flavorful rice dish that's packed with chicken, vegetables and just the right seasonings.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Jenny Flake
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Equipment

  • Stove

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute carrots, celery, onions and garlic for 5 minutes until slightly softened. 
  • 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.
  •  Stir in chicken and parsley. Top with cheese and cover with lid to melt. Remove lid and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5910IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
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19 Responses
  1. Cindy D.

    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!

  2. Rachel

    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

    1. Marcy

      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. ?

  3. 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.

  4. Tammy

    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?

    1. Tammy

      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.

  5. Courtney

    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!

  6. Heather

    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.

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