Crunchy Cheddar Chicken & Rice Bake

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Adapted from Pilsbury.

Brown Rice Version (quicker white rice version below)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cups pre-cooked short-grain brown rice (made from 1 cup uncooked rice (preferably cooked with chicken broth)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. In small bowl, mix melted butter and breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  3. In an 8-inch square (2 quart) baking dish, mix chicken, rice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chicken broth and 1 cup of the cheese until well mixed.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove and set the oven to broil.
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the bread crumb mixture evenly over rice mixture. Broil about 3-5 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with parsley.

White Rice Version

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • Chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. In small bowl, mix melted butter and bread crumbs until well mixed. Add 1/2 cup cheese and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In an 8-inch square (2 quart) baking dish, mix chicken, rice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chicken broth and 1.5 cups of the cheese until well mixed. Leave 1/2 cup of the cheese to sprinkle on top at the end.
  4. Bake 40 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Remove and set the oven to broil.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the bread crumb mixture evenly over rice mixture. Broil about 3-5 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
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