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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea? This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe calls for just 6 simple ingredients and is ready in about 30 minutes! 

This is a sponsored post with Knorr. As always, all opinions are our own.

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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This is one of the most exciting partnerships we’ve signed on for. Like, we are completely giddy about working with Knorr this year, and while the recipe is going to be a huge hit, there’s more to it than just the food.

Years ago, Cade was unemployed and we were feeling pretty low about ourselves and a little frustrated about the lack of jobs available. You may have read our raw, tender, and totally true story about the peanut butter on our Oh Sweet Basil Instagram (make sure you click to read the storybut there’s more to it.

Cade told me, hey, let’s see if this blog we’ve got going could really turn into something, so I entered a contest. It was a long shot, but if I made it, they would fly me to California to make the recipe I had created for real chefs who would choose a winner to be an ambassador for the brand — you guessed it — Knorr.

portion of chicken rice casserole on a white plate

I made panko crusted chicken with a lemon cream sauce, and as I’m sure you can gather, I won!!! It was not only amazing, but it was life changing. It was our first brand collaboration. Knorr was a great fit and most importantly it literally saved our family and provided the income we needed to buy groceries.

Now, I know that was a long story but that’s why we were beyond thrilled to have received an offer to work together again. I mean, that was 6 years ago and now here we are!!

Our Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole recipe gets millions of views. We knew our first recipe should be a nod to our tender story and one of our first viral recipes. That how we created the recipe for cheesy chicken and rice casserole with Knorr Selects, a product known for being free of artificial preservatives. It’s now available nationwide at all grocery stores (finally, an easy-to-find product!!).

We can’t wait to show you what else we are cooking up with Knorr Selects, so make sure you check back next month and please excuse us while we sit down and tell our kids the amazing story of a struggle turned success story. We want them to watch for their own glimmer of hope when they are feeling down in the future and know that positive thinking with action will always create opportunities.

overhead view of ingredients needed to make chicken cheese casserole

What’s Needed for Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole? 

To make this chicken, cheese, and rice casserole, you’ll need the following: 

  • Knorr Selects Four Cheese Risotto
  • Chicken breasts
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Broccoli 
  • Frozen peas and carrots blend
  • Shredded Colby Jack cheese 

How to Make Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

You just season your chicken with poultry seasoning, cook it in a pan for only a few minutes to brown it on each side, then if you’re really smart you’ll let the kids do the rest.

Cooking with kids actually helps them be less picky as they are more invested in and more acquainted with the food. So let them pour the rice in a greased pan, add the water and milk per the package instructions, add the chicken, and add any veggies you choose though we prefer carrots, peas and broccoli. The more they touch it and get used to it the more likely they are to eat it!

Then, stir everything together, top with cheese, and bake until gooey.

read more: Looking for easy casserole recipes? Try our Baked Pork Chops with Rice next!

adding Knorr Selects risotto into a greased baking dish

Can I Prep This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake in Advance? 

Yes, the entire casserole can be made in advance and reheated when you’re ready to serve it. I recommend waiting to sprinkle the cheese on top of the casserole until you’re ready to reheat and serve, this way the melted cheese is “fresh” and doesn’t brown too much. 

What to Serve with Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

This chicken cheese casserole pairs well with so many sides! Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

a portion of cheesy chicken and rice bake being scooped from a pan

Tips for Making Easy Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • Note that this chicken cheese casserole can be made with any of the new Knorr Selects flavors. 
  • Also, the risotto will have you use 1 cup milk and 1 1/2 cups of water so please have that on hand.
  • This casserole is baked without foil on top. If you cover it with foil, you may wind up with a watery casserole (since the trapped moisture won’t be able to escape). 

More Chicken Casserole Ideas: 

Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea? This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe is another version of our VIRAL post, Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

4.17 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea? This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe calls for just 6 simple ingredients and is ready in about 30 minutes! 

Ingredients

  • 1 Packet Knorr Selects Four Cheese Risotto (plus milk and water called for on the package)
  • 2 Small Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts , cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Chopped Broccoli
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas and Carrots Mix
  • 1 1/2-2 Cups Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Toss the chicken in the seasoning.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Add the chicken and cook until lightly golden or brown on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the Knorr Selects Four Cheese Risotto into the pan and add the water and milk, as the package directs.
  • Add the chicken and veggies and stir to combine.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is set, rice and chicken is cooked and it appears golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and place back in the oven until gooey, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • The risotto will have you use 1 cup milk and 1 1/2 cups of water so please have that on hand.
This casserole will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 705 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 1189mg52%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 53g106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

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16 comments

  • How much rice should I use

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  • I read the comments before cooking and based on the fact that most people said the meal came out with a lot of liquid, I reduced the water amount by half a cup and a little less milk… still came out full of liquid on the bottom. Taste good otherwise.

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    • Did you use the long grain rice? There shouldn’t be any water at all as long as it is the correct rice.

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  • Lots of liquid left after the 40 min baking time.  Turned temp up and added more time…hoping that works.  Smells and looks good…hope it cooks! Should I have covered it?  Does it need to be stirred at any point during baking?  

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    • Hi Aileen, you don’t need to cover with foil or do any stirring. At 40 minutes it will have liquid, but by 60 minutes it will be gone.

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  • I’m excited to make and try this!  Should I cook the risotto first as the package states and then put it in the dish with chicken and vegetables to bake?  Or do I just put the milk/water and rice in and then bake? 

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    • You just mix it all together, so no need to prepare the rice first. 🙂

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  • I made this tonight and it looked delicious, but the bottom of the pan was completely liquid. It must’ve separated from the chicken, rice & veggies. Is there something else I can add to make it creamy? 

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    • Hi Jen,

      Did the oven keep its temperature and it baked for long enough? There shouldn’t be any liquid left at all.

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  • I made this tonight and followed the directions exactly.. the bottom of my dish was all liquid, and it’s not casserole consistency.. it tastes very good, but it’s all separated- it’s just chicken and rice… did I do something wrong? 

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    • Hmmmm, did you use instant rice instead of long grain by chance? With how long it bakes there shouldn’t be any liquid left at all.

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  • Sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to make it!

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    • Thank you!

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  • That peanut butter story was so touching. I had to pause for a moment as I’m at work and I um… got something in my eye. And this chicken and rice casserole looks so darn delicious with that cheesy topping! Seriously YUM. Can’t wait to try it!

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    • Thanks Rebecca!

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  • hey girl- this looks amazing! Right up my alley!

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