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Dinner
Aug
9
2018

Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

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My Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice makes the perfect dinner for the whole family!
Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

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.  Hope you enjoy!

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Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Weeknight Cheesy 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.

Weeknight Cheesy 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.

Weeknight Cheesy 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: chicken, dinner, quick fix meal, rice
Servings: 8
Calories: 275 kcal
Author: Jenny Flake
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
  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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    Heather Christo says:

    Great Comfort food Jenny!

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    This looks so delicious Jenny!

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    Such an easy weeknight recipe! LOVE!

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    Jackie Carrano says:

    Minute rice or long grain

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    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!

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    Nan E. says:

    This looks really good! Could you bake this in muffin tins, for a nice snack size or take with?

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    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

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      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. 😎

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    Feestzaal says:

    Such an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Looks delicious – love a veggie packed meal!!

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    k says:

    I’ve made this twice now—once when it was first posted and then again today. It’s not a “wow” dish, but quick, easy, and good. I used long grain white rice both times and while 15 minutes is perfect for getting all the broth soaked up without drying the rice out, I still end up with crunchy rice because there isn’t quite enough liquid, I’m guessing. Still a good flavor, but a note to myself—maybe add another .5-1 cup of broth and cook an extra couple of minutes.

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    Heather says:

    Can I use peas instead of celery

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    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.

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    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?

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      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.

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    Lisa says:

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

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    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!

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