This one-dish wonder features moist, tender chicken breasts covered with melted cheddar cheese, sitting on a bed of creamy rice and vegetables. You can also check out this healthier version: Easy Baked Chicken & Rice Casserole
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.
I make this often for my family, but I mix it up a lot. I use cream of mushroom soup, add extra spices and put cheese in with the rice mixture. I will use whatever veggies I have on hand too. Tonight it was broccoli florets. It is an easy recipe to alter to make different each time, I have even done it with chicken thighs or pork chops.
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