Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

If you’re looking for a simple, delicious dinner idea that pleases the whole family, look no further! This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is filled with chicken, broccoli, rice, cream cheese and a TON of flavor!

Chicken and Rice Bake

Chicken Rice Bake

We love chicken. We love rice. We love broccoli. And we love casseroles. With that in mind – we love today’s chicken rice bake recipe!

Today’s recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is filled with so much flavor and is very simple to make. I’m not going to lie – not all my kids love broccoli so a few were picking it out. Fortunately, the dish was so flavorful that most of them didn’t even realize it was in there (win)!! My husband likes the cheese on top of anything a little more cooked so we broiled it for the last minute or two.

This is another dinner recipe to add to the rotation. It is hearty, simple and delicious.

Chicken Rice Bake

How to make Chicken broccoli Rice Bake:

This is probably one of the more simple casserole recipes, to be honest. There’s very minimal prep work before you spoon everything into the pan and stick it in the oven. All you have to do is:

  1. Cook chicken and broccoli in a large skillet.
  2. Once chicken is no longer pink, add broth and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients (besides shredded cheese) and mix.
  3. Spoon into greased 8×8 glass pan, top with shredded cheese, and bake for 22-26 minutes at 350°.
  4. Enjoy!

So easy and so delicious!!

Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole

This recipe is easy to change up based on the rice, cheese and veggies you want to add. We love standard white rice, but brown rice or even multi-grain rices work too.

We used Italian 5 cheese for this chicken broccoli rice bake, but any cheese works well. From cheddar to Mozzarella, you can use whatever cheese you prefer most.

As for veggies – we love broccoli, but carrots and event zucchini and squash work well in this recipe.

Can this be made ahead of time? Of course! This can be made up to 24 hours in advanced. Just cover and store in the fridge until ready to bake. You may need to add an additional few minutes, and we recommend storing without the cheese and adding it right before baking.

Can this be reheated? Yes – just store in air-tight container in fridge once baked and then reheat in the microwave.

Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake

If you (or your kiddos) absolutely cannot stand broccoli, you can easily omit it without losing any of the big flavor in this dish. But like I said, it tastes SO good, you hardly even notice the broccoli is there! We hope you love this baked chicken and rice casserole.

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Chicken Rice Bake

5 from 4 votes
If you're looking for a simple, delicious dinner idea that pleases the whole family, look no further! This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is filled with chicken, broccoli, rice, cream cheese and a TON of flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 320 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups instant white rice uncooked
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • garlic salt to taste
  • pepper
  • 1 cup italian 5 cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Heat oil in large skillet and cook chicken and broccoli. Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Add rice, cream cheese, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Spoon into greased 8x8 baking dish.
  5. Top with shredded cheese. Cover and bake for 22-26 minutes. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Kraft Foods

Chicken and Rice Bake

 

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  1. This was great!! My husband is not a veggie lover, -and he had seconds of this! Even My 3 yr old and 11 yr old boys loved it! I did sub brown rice for the white because that’s what I had on hand, and I used a packet of zesty Italian dressing mix instead of the other seasonings (not really on purpose- I had a screaming infant in my arms and didn’t read closely- I often make a pot pie that uses chicken broth, cream cheese and Italian dressing, so it just made sense!) and it was DELICIOUS!! I’ll be making it this way again next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Delicious! I will make it next time the kids and grandkids come over. I didn’t have any Italian cheese. I used cheddar, so I also used Penzey’s “Sunny Paris” seasoning instead of Italian seasonig. I also topped it with buttered crumbs because I didn’t read carefully and I had melted the cheddar into the mixture. Next time I’ll also add more broccoli. Thanks for a delicious meal!

  3. I have been missing out!! This recipe is so good!! My whole family loved it! It’s cheesy & it’s a great way to get my kids to eat broccoli!

  4. one of the best recipes. It has everything we like chicken,rice and broccoli. I love thIs combination and It all goes into one dish. Its ready in no time!