Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice


Author: Rachel

Published Date: January 27, 2024

I’m excited to share with you a recipe that is sure to become a family favorite – Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice. This dish is a delightful blend of creamy cheese, tender chicken, and nutritious broccoli, all combined with the comforting goodness of rice. It’s a recipe that’s not only easy to make but also packed with flavor, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner or a cozy weekend meal.

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Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ranch Seasoning
  • Chicken Bouillon
  • Chicken Broth
  • White Long Grain Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
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How to Make Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Serving Size: 4
  1. Prepare the Chicken: Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  2. Cook the Chicken: In a large skillet or pan, melt 1 Tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add the seasoned chicken pieces to the skillet. Cook until the chicken is seared, golden brown and cooked through (about 5-7 minutes). Once done, remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. Add Rice and Seasoning: Stir in the white long grain rice, ensuring that the rice is fully coated with the butter and sautéed onions. Add the dry ranch seasoning mix and chicken bouillon powder and stir to evenly distribute it throughout the rice.
  5. Cook Rice: Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the rice simmer for about 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  6. Add Cheese, Broccoli and Chicken: Add 1 cup of cheese, the chopped broccoli and cooked chicken pieces to the skillet with the rice. Stir to combine, then cover the skillet again and let it cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender and the chicken is heated through.
  7. Top with Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining cup shredded cheddar cheese over the chicken, rice, and broccoli mixture. Cover the skillet with a lid and let it sit for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
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Storage and Reheating Instructions

How to Store Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice:

Leftovers? No problem! This dish keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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How to Reheat Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice:

When reheating, add a splash of water or broth to keep it moist. Cover and microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through. For a crispier top, reheat it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

Helpful Tips & Substitutions

Can this be Frozen?

Yes! This recipe freezes beautifully. Divide it into portion-sized containers and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat as above. Perfect for those “I don’t feel like cooking” nights!

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Can this be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare it up to the point of adding the final cheese topping. Let it cool, then refrigerate. When ready, add the cheese and heat it in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes. It’s a great time-saver!

Substitutions & Variations:

  • Vegan-Friendly: Swap chicken for chickpeas, butter for olive oil, and use vegan cheese.
  • Low-Carb: Replace rice with cauliflower rice and adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • Spice it Up: Add red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce for a kick.
  • Other Veggies: Feel free to toss in bell peppers or peas.
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Helpful Cooking Notes:

  • Rice Type: Basmati rice works great, but feel free to use any long-grain rice.
  • Cheese Matters: Sharp cheddar provides a nice flavor, but you can experiment with other types like Gouda or Monterey Jack.
  • Don’t Overcook Broccoli: If you prefer your broccoli more on the crunchy side, add it towards the end of the cooking process.
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Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice


4.38 from 8 votes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 510 kcal
Discover the joy of cooking with our Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice recipe. Perfect for family dinners, this dish is easy and full of flavor!

INGREDIENTS
  

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast, boneless & skinless
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning, dry seasoning
  • 1 tsp Chicken Bouillon
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup White Long Grain Rice, I use Basmati
  • 2 cups Broccoli, chopped into small bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Prepare the Chicken: Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Cook the Chicken: In a large skillet or pan, melt 1 Tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add the seasoned chicken pieces to the skillet. Cook until the chicken is seared, golden brown and cooked through (about 5-7 minutes). Once done, remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  • Sauté the Vegetables: In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add Rice and Seasoning: Stir in the white long grain rice, ensuring that the rice is fully coated with the butter and sautéed onions. Add the dry ranch seasoning mix and chicken bouillon powder and stir to evenly distribute it throughout the rice.
  • Cook Rice: Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the rice simmer for about 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Add Cheese, Broccoli and Chicken: Add 1 cup of cheese, the chopped broccoli and cooked chicken pieces to the skillet with the rice. Stir to combine, then cover the skillet again and let it cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender and the chicken is heated through.
  • Top with Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining cup shredded cheddar cheese over the chicken, rice, and broccoli mixture. Cover the skillet with a lid and let it sit for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

NOTES

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

How to Store Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice:

Leftovers? No problem! This dish keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How to Reheat Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Rice:

When reheating, add a splash of water or broth to keep it moist. Cover and microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through. For a crispier top, reheat it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

Helpful Tips & Substitutions

Can this be Frozen?

Yes! This recipe freezes beautifully. Divide it into portion-sized containers and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat as above. Perfect for those “I don’t feel like cooking” nights!

Can this be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare it up to the point of adding the final cheese topping. Let it cool, then refrigerate. When ready, add the cheese and heat it in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes. It’s a great time-saver!

Substitutions & Variations:

  • Vegan-Friendly: Swap chicken for chickpeas, butter for olive oil, and use vegan cheese.
  • Low-Carb: Replace rice with cauliflower rice and adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • Spice it Up: Add red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce for a kick.
  • Other Veggies: Feel free to toss in bell peppers or peas.

Helpful Cooking Notes:

  • Rice Type: Basmati rice works great, but feel free to use any long-grain rice.
  • Cheese Matters: Sharp cheddar provides a nice flavor, but you can experiment with other types like Gouda or Monterey Jack.
  • Don’t Overcook Broccoli: If you prefer your broccoli more on the crunchy side, add it towards the end of the cooking process.

NUTRITION

Serving: 4gCalories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 41gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 1690mgPotassium: 693mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1073IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 448mgIron: 1mg
Course Dinner
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