Cracked Out Chicken and Rice Bake

Cracked Out Chicken and Rice Bake – chicken, cheddar, bacon, Ranch and rice – quick and easy weeknight casserole! Use rotisserie chicken and this comes together in 5 minutes! SO good! We make this at least once a week!!

"Cracked Out" Chicken and Rice Bake - chicken, cheddar, bacon, Ranch and rice - quick and easy weeknight casserole! Use rotisserie chicken and this comes together in 5 minutes! SO good! We make this at least once a week!!

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I’ve been on a rice casserole kick lately. We’ve made several versions of it and loved them all. I was looking through my recipes and realized that I didn’t have a “Cracked Out” Chicken and Rice Bake version. OMG! I had to remedy that situation ASAP!

This was SO good. I mean, seriously delicious! It might be my favorite Chicken and Rice Bake on the blog. We ate this for dinner and had leftovers for the next day for lunch. It was great both times. Use some rotisserie chicken (my weeknight secret weapon), and this casserole is ready for the oven in 5 minutes. Serve this with some quick green beans and you have an easy weeknight meal in under 30 minutes!

*I used instant white rice in this dish. You can certainly use brown rice. Make sure to follow the preparation directions on the package of brown rice. Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice.*

"Cracked Out" Chicken and Rice Bake - chicken, cheddar, bacon, Ranch and rice - quick and easy weeknight casserole! Use rotisserie chicken and this comes together in 5 minutes! SO good! We make this at least once a week!!

Cracked Out Chicken and Rice Bake

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cracked Out Chicken and Rice Bake – chicken, cheddar, bacon, Ranch and rice – quick and easy weeknight casserole! Use rotisserie chicken and this comes together in 5 minutes! SO good! We make this at least once a week!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken (about 12-oz)
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 (8-oz) container sour cream
  • 1/2 (1-oz) package dry Ranch Dressing Mix, 1½ Tbsp
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup cooked chopped bacon
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add instant rice, cover and turn off heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, until all water is absorbed.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, chicken soup, sour cream, Ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, bacon, chicken broth and cooked rice. Spread into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Notes:

Can 4 cups of any type of cooked rice in place of the minute rice and water.
Can make casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.

Steph

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"Cracked Out" Chicken and Rice Bake - chicken, cheddar, bacon, Ranch and rice - quick and easy weeknight casserole! Use rotisserie chicken and this comes together in 5 minutes! SO good! We make this at least once a week!!
"Cracked Out" Chicken and Rice Bake - chicken, cheddar, bacon, Ranch and rice - quick and easy weeknight casserole! Use rotisserie chicken and this comes together in 5 minutes! SO good! We make this at least once a week!!

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Comments

  1. I added baby bella mushrooms and broccoli florets, as well as chopped onion. Came out absolutely awesome. Thank you!

  2. I'm attempting to make this into a crock pot recipe by using raw chicken and regular uncooked rice. Starting at 4 hours on high and giving it a whirl. Going to add the cheese and bacon towards the last 30 of cook time. I've incorporated extra water/stock for the rice to cook with the chicken in the crock pot all together. This looks great and tasty, but I'd rather not precook everything and then still heat up the oven, so I really hope this works out. Will let you know.

  3. I made this with long grain rice but used spicy ranch dressing mix. I also added some cumin, chili powder, chili seeds, pepper, onion salt and just to make it spicy enough for my husband 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce. It was delicious. I will definitely be making this one again.

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