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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cracked Out Chicken and Rice


This is no ordinary Chicken and Rice.  This is "Cracked Out" Chicken and Rice - chicken, rice, cheddar, Ranch and bacon.  YUM!  This takes ordinary chicken and rice from good to great!

We absolutely loved this dish.  How could we not?  It is so delicious and super simple to make.  I used my weeknight dinner secret weapon - rotisserie chicken - at it came together in minutes.  I had it ready and waiting when the oven was finally preheated.  To make sure the rice gets cooked thoroughly and doesn't burn on the bottom, I stir this about half way through the cooking time.  Turns out perfect every time!




Cracked Out Chicken and Rice
(Printable Recipe)


2 cups cooked,chopped chicken
1/4 cup bacon bits
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 (1oz) packet dry ranch seasoning mix
3/4 cup regular rice (not instant)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk (I used 1%)


Preheat oven to 375.

In a 9x9-inch pan, combine all ingredients. Cover dish with foil. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring midway through cooking time.



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31 comments:

  1. Campero - no, do not cook the rice first.

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  2. Wonder if brown rice would work in this recipe?

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  3. Yumm!! Looks great! :) Definitely something we would enjoy - saving this one.

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  4. Can't wait to try it out...I've made several of your recipes and they have all been wonderful! thanks for the great post

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  5. justanotherperson - it is cooked chicken. I updated the recipe. Thanks!

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  6. I need this, like I need it right now! I would totally eat all of this haha, I know this recipe is fabulous! Love it!

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  7. This recipe looks perfect for dinner tonight! I am curious about something - I notice in a lot of your dinner plate pictures, lima beans seem to be your vegetable choice. Are lima beans a southern "staple"? I've never eaten lima beans unless they were mixed up with other vegetables. How do you cook them so they taste good? :)

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  8. Your recipes are always the best! Definitely will give this a try. My favorite of yours is the chicken dish with the orange marmalade.

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  9. I was hurting for dinner stuff too, going to make this tonight!

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  10. Thank you Stephanie, will try this soon.

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  11. Love me some crack ANYTHING! Can't wait to try it Steph!

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  12. Wow! This looks great! I love chicken and rice but you really did it with this recipe. I can't resist the bacon, ranch and cheddar. Definitely going into my weeknight rotation!

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  13. What would happen if you did use Minute Rice? I have a ton of it but no regular rice.

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  14. Marissa - you would need to cut the cooking time way down. I would check it at about 15 minutes and then every 5 minutes until done.

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    1. Would you still use 1 c. of milk?

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  15. Emily - I use either Mahatma or Publix long grain white rice. I have never had an issue with the rice not cooking. I make this and a version of this dish all the time.

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  16. I made this for dinner last night. It was a delicious HIT with my family! I used MINUTE rice & it turned out great. 1/2 of a cooked Rotisserie Chicken from Costco (white & dark meat) is the perfect amount of chicken. I did add another 1/2 c. of cheddar cheese (1 1/2 c. total). All other ingredients remained the same. Yummy! ***Highly Recommend***

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    1. Hey jamee, I was planning on cooking this with already cooked rice. Did you still use 1 c. of milk even though you used minute rice?

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  17. My rice was a tad crunchy. I would suggest adding more liquid. Still yummy though! :)

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  18. Just got done making this with minute rice and cooked it for 40 minutes. Checked it at 20 and 30 minutes, but 40 was perfect! Yum!

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  19. I made it with pre-cooked instant rice, otherwise followed recipe, and it turned out good.

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    1. Hey Susan, I was planning on cooking this with already cooked rice. Did you still use 1 c. of milk?

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  20. We made this (My 3 yr old did most of the work! He loved it!) and added broccoli to it. My only issue was that it is rather salty. Any idea how to cut down on the salt? It's really yummy and we would make it more if we can figure out how to solve that little problem :)

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  21. I wonder if those who are not getting good results with the baked version are not tightly covering their baking dish? If not, the moisture needed for the rice is going to evaporate and not cook.

    Mine turned out perfectly.

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  22. I made this and it was amazing! I followed the instructions to the mark and at 40 minutes, my rice was still hard as rocks... it took nearly an hour and 1/2 to cook the rice (I had to continuously add more water/milk), and it was still a little 'al dente' but we were so hungry at that point, we didn't care. I was picking rice out of my teeth the rest of the night. I think I only had an 8x8 metal pan... I think next time, I'll at least par-boil the rice. The flavor was delicious!!

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  23. Very good! It will be making a comeback at my house soon.

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  24. So I want to try this and from what I see its very good... My only question is how many people does it feed for?

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    1. It will feed about 4 - just depending on what you serve with it and how hungry people are.

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