Casseroles are the king of one-pot meals, and this cheesy chicken and rice recipe delivers. Everything, even the rice, cooks in a single baking dish so all you have to do is pop it into the oven. In under an hour, you have juicy, white meat chicken covered with melted cheddar cheese over a bed of creamy rice and vegetables. When you need to know how to make a foolproof comfort food meal that’s as simple as it is delicious, this cheesy chicken and rice casserole is the recipe you need.
cost per recipe: $8.51
Heat the oven to 375°F. While the oven is heating, stir the soup, water, rice, onion powder and vegetables in an 11x8x2-inch baking dish. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
Top the rice mixture with the chicken. Cover the baking dish.
Bake for 50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Top with the cheese. Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes. Stir the rice before serving.
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Do yourself a favor and use instant rice...it will cook much faster! Also I agree with others using additional seasoning...I like Mccormick rotisserie chicken or they have another chicken seasoning. I still use the onion powder and black pepper. I season the chicken before mixing it in then sprinkle addtional seasoning on top of the mixture.
With a few tweaks, this rocks
I like to add chicken Bouillon cube to the water, or use chicken broth in place of the water.
I also cut the chicken it's small chunks, and season with Cajun Seasoning for an extra kick! This recipe definitely rocks.
Extra Cheese, please ;-)
I have to say, this recipe was incredibly easy - that was the biggest pro for this dish. I used raw chicken and uncooked white rice, and everything cooked perfectly in the time and temperature they recommended. I had to add more vegetables - I felt like there wasn't enough (or maybe you could do another veggie side dish to serve with it). On the downside, this dish had very little flavor - I will make it again, but I will definitely be adding more seasoning... With a flavor boost it might reach a 5 star, just for the ease of making it.
Rice isn't cooking
Still in the oven at the 80 minute mark now and the rice is still crunchy. I didn't read the reviews beforehand. Definitely cook the rice in a rice cooker first or use minute rice. Not sure how long this going to take.
BEST MEAL I'VE EVER MADE!
So I found this recipe and changed some things based off what I like and I ended up creating the most delicious meal I've ever cooked. I followed the recipe but added so much more seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and most importantly curry powder! I add all of the seasoning in the rice mixture and on top. Put more than you would think, trust me. I also switched out the water for chicken broth. And finally I switched out the veggie mixture for broccoli. Try it! You won't regret it!
We just love your creativity with this recipe! Thank you for the great tips. The recipe is a terrific base recipe that you can customize with your own special touches, and we are so happy you were able to create such a great meal!
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