Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Main Dishes · Sides · June 18, 2018

Cheesy Chicken and Rice – a DELICIOUS combination of chicken, rice, corn, black beans, green chiles, and cheese! This is a dinner recipe is full of flavor and is so easy to make.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Cheesy Rice

We love trying new recipes and were so excited to try today’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice. The ingredients for this meal are staples in our home, so we were excited to make a few changes and try our own version of the recipe. It kind of reminds me of KFC’s Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl but with a Mexican twist. Yes, we did end up using Rice-a-Roni for added flavor but the combo of so many great ingredients made of think of the KFC bowl.

This version is not only filled with Rice-a-Roni but also with corn, black bean, chicken, cilantro, cheese, green chilis and more. It’s great as is baked to perfection, but just like the KFC bowl with gravy, this dish is even better with a dressing on top. We have several on the site that work great for this recipe, but these ones are our favorites:

If you are more of a salsa person, these salsas would also be great on this dish:

Cheesy Rice

We love the combination of flavors this dish has and hope you guys enjoy it too!

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Cheesy Rice Recipe

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake - a DELICIOUS combination of chicken, rice, corn, black beans, green chiles, and cheese! This is a dinner recipe is full of flavor and is so easy to make. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 205 kcal
Author Kellyn Carpenter

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 box Rice-a-Roni
  • 1 11 oz. can corn
  • 1 11 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 4 oz. can green chilis
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Mexican, Monterrey Jack
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Cook chicken in a skillet with 1 tablespoon hot vegetable oil, about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  2. Prepare rice according to package directions. Mix in corn, beans and chilis and spices.

  3. Mix in chicken with rice and top with cheese. Let melt and top with chopped cilantro and sauce of choice. 

Recipe Notes

TRIED & TRUE FINDINGS:

  • DIFFICULTY: Simple
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 6
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: We used rice a roni instead of white rice, used canned corn instead of frozen, no yogurt, used Monterrey jack cheese instead of cheddar.
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: We love the changes we made and will stick with them!
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 442mg 18%
Potassium 432mg 12%
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 10%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Tasty Kitchen.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice

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    Robin Harrison

    I haven’t made it yet but was wondering on cheesy chicken and rice can you use a different bean? I also saw your chicken cream cheese taquitos can I have leave sour cream out? I’m allergic

      Lil' Luna

      You can add whatever bean you like 🙂 I haven’t made the taquitos without the sour cream, but you could probably add a substitute instead ( if you like to use something else). Hope that helps!! Enjoy!

    Kristy S.

    The chicken cooks fast so I recommend beginning the rice first, then the chicken.

    Lyn

    Can I ask why you’ve used both canned and Roden corn?

    DAle ann

    Iam going to make the the cheesy bake recipe! What’s the sauce of your choice? Is that something else you add ?

      Kristyn Merkley

      Which recipe are you talking about? I can’t find what sauce you are asking about.

      Dale ann

      Cheesy rice recipe! At the end of recipe it says melt cheese and top with cilantro and sauce of your choice! What sauce? Thank you !

        Kristyn Merkley

        I see 🙂 Sorry, about that. You could add salsa or a dressing. In the post I list a few of our favorites for dressings or if you like salsa, I listed some of our favorites of that too. I hope that helps. It is great with any of those, really. Or, if you have a favorite salsa, you could add that. Hope you like it!

          Daleann

          Thank you! Will give it a try !

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