Cracked Out Chicken and Rice

Cracked Out Chicken and Rice Casserole – SO easy! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, rice, cream of chicken soup, and milk. Simply mix everything together, cover, and bake. Ready in about 30 minutes! Everyone LOVES this super easy weeknight dinner recipe!! #chicken #casserole #glutenfree #easydinner

Baked Cracked Out Chicken and Rice recipe - chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, rice, cream of chicken soup and milk. Mix together, cover and bake. Ready in about 30 minutes! Everyone LOVES this super easy weeknight dinner recipe!!

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This is no ordinary Chicken and Rice casserole.  This is “Cracked Out” Chicken and Rice – chicken and rice loaded with 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. Simply mix together chicken, rice, cheddar, cheese, cooked bacon, ranch dressing mix, cream of chicken soup, and milk. Feel free to throw some broccoli in the mix too! Pour the chicken and rice mixture into a baking dish and that is it. It takes my oven longer to preheat than to make this casserole.

Here is a tip to make sure the rice cooks thoroughly and doesn’t burn on the bottom – stir this about halfway through the cooking time. Turns out perfect every time!

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has “crack” in the title it means that the recipe has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the ingredients. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. 

According to the dictionary, the definition of crack is “of superior excellence or ability”. We think the flavor combination of cheddar, bacon, and ranch fits this definition! This recipe is most definitely of superior excellence!

Baked Cracked Out Chicken and Rice recipe - chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, rice, cream of chicken soup and milk. Mix together, cover and bake. Ready in about 30 minutes! Everyone LOVES this super easy weeknight dinner recipe!!

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Cracked Out Chicken and Rice Casserole

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Baked Cracked Out Chicken and Rice recipe – chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch, rice, cream of chicken soup and milk. Mix together, cover and bake. Ready in about 30 minutes! Everyone LOVES this super easy weeknight dinner recipe!!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly spray a 9×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine all ingredients and pour into prepared pan.
  • Cover dish with foil. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring midway through cooking time.

Notes:

  • I use rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole.
  • Can use low-fat chicken soup and milk.
  • I suggest using Unsalted Cream of Chicken Soup in this dish to control the sodium.
  • Do not make the ranch dressing. Use only the dry mix.
  • Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of Ranch dressing mix according to your personal preference.
  • Use gluten-free Cream of Chicken soup for a gluten-free casserole.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I see you have low carb recipes on your site. Any chance you have ever tried making this recipe using cauliflower rice?

    1. I haven’t tried this recipe with cauliflower rice, so I can not say how it turns out. If you try it, let us know how it turns out.

    2. I don’t know about this recipe but have switched out the cauliflower rice instead of regular rice. I’ve been happy with every dish that I made with the cauliflower rice

  2. I enjoyed this recipe very much. I cooked it 40 minutes with tightly wrapped foil and it was perfecto! I used half the packet of ranch and 1/2 &1/2 because that is what I had on hand.

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