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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

I love making quick and simple weeknight dinners.  My family goes nuts for this flavor packed one pot dinner.  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

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.

Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

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

Hope you enjoy!


Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Weeknight Cheesy Chicken and RicePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min


  • 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. 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.

Makes 8 Servings

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  1. 1
    Heather Christo says:

    Great Comfort food Jenny!

  2. 2

    This is so easy! And good!

  3. 3

    This looks so delicious Jenny!

  4. 4

    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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    Feestzaal says:

    Such an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  15. 15

    Looks delicious – love a veggie packed meal!!

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