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Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

A delightful and comforting chicken and rice casserole with a cheesy twist.

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Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 5 minutesCook time: 45 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 50 minutesServings:6 servingsCalories:416 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year

Description

This Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is a delicious and easy-to-make casserole that combines tender chicken, creamy soup, and gooey cheese with perfectly cooked rice. It’s the perfect dish for a cozy family dinner or a potluck gathering.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 375°F (190°C) to warm up.
  2. In a 12×8-inch shallow baking dish, mix together the vegetables, condensed soup, water, rice, and onion powder until well combined. Place the chicken breasts on top of the mixture and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  3. Place the covered dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink in the center. To ensure the chicken is done, use an instant-read thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached at least 165°F (74°C).
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the foil, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top, and serve hot.

Notes

  • – For a healthier twist, you can use brown rice instead of white rice, but you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
    – Feel free to add your favorite vegetables or substitute with fresh vegetables for a different flavor profile.
    – This casserole can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.
Keywords:Chicken casserole, cheesy chicken, rice bake, comfort food, easy dinner

Can I use pre-cooked chicken?

Yes, you can use pre-cooked chicken. Reduce the initial baking time to 30 minutes since the chicken is already cooked.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, you can freeze the baked casserole. Allow it to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake at 375°F (190°C) until heated through.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or a blend of your favorites.

What can I serve with this casserole?

This casserole pairs well with a simple green salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

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