Pesto Chicken and Creamy Rice

I’ve been making a version of this recipe forever.  The original recipe is from the back of a can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup.  I’ve made many changes to the recipe over the years, and this is my latest version.  I love this dish because it only takes a minute to assemble and you have a main dish and side made.  The rice is super creamy; it is reminiscent of a risotto. The chicken is always tender and juicy.  You can’t beat this for an easy weeknight meal!

Pesto Chicken and Creamy Rice
(Printable Recipe)

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup long grain rice (not instant)
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, divided
2 Tbsp pesto
1/4 shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

In a 9×9-inch pan, combine soup, rice, milk, pepper and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.  Place chicken on top of rice.  Sprinkle with 1 tsp of garlic powder and spread pesto on chicken.  Top chicken with parmesan cheese.

Cover dish with foil.  Bake for 45 minutes.

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  1. I have never cooked with pesto. Do you buy it or make your own? Any suggestions (brands, recipes) would be helpful.

  2. I too tried this recipe and after 45 minutes my chicken was still a bit pink in the middle and the rice was crunchy. Just like the two commenters above. I had to put it in for 8 more minutes to finish the chicken and by then the rice was over cooked. Yes I covered it with foil and followed all directions.

  3. Stefanie – did you cover the dish with foil? I've made this so many times that I have the recipe memorized. I have never had the dish turn out dry

  4. I tried this recipe on Friday. The chicken (and it was thawed)wasn't even close to being cooked after 45 minutes. By the time the chicken was done my rice was dry also. Bummer, it smelled and looked so good.

  5. I made this last night and my chicken breasts (boneless) were still pink and the rice was crunchie. After cooking it awhile longer the rice was dry. I will make this again, it tasted good but will adjust the time and fluid.

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