Stovetop Cracked Out Chicken & Rice

Stovetop Cracked Out Chicken and Rice- Chicken and Rice loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Ready to eat in about 20 minutes. Instant rice, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, chicken, cheddar, bacon, and ranch dressing mix. This makes a great weeknight meal. Serve with green beans and a biscuit for a dinner the whole family enjoys! #rice #chicken #bacon #cheese

Stovetop Cracked Out Chicken and Rice recipe- dinner in 15 minutes!!! Chicken and Rice loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Great weeknight meal. Everyone cleans their plate!!

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Several people commented on my Baked Cracked Out Chicken and Rice that they had a hard time getting the rice to cook. I have never had any issues with the rice cooking, so I wasn’t really sure what the problem was. I decided to make a stovetop version with instant rice in hopes the rice would cook easier for everyone. This recipe has all the same flavors, but it is just easier to cook.

What does Cracked Out mean? Cracked out means the recipe has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the recipe. It started with our famous Crack Dip recipe. We’ve been cracking out recipes since 2007.

How to Make Chicken & Rice on the Stovetop

This chicken and rice is SO simple! It is actually much easier and faster than the original. Start with bringing the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and instant rice to a boil. Add the ranch dressing mix, cooked bacon, cheddar cheese, and cooked chicken. Cover the pan and simmer on low for about 15 minutes. That is it!

  • I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this recipe. This recipe uses about a half of a chicken.
  • You can use any can of cream of anything soup you prefer – chicken, mushroom or celery all work great.
  • Can substitute turkey bacon for regular pork bacon.
  • I don’t like instant rice. Can I use regular rice? I have not made this dish with regular long grain rice. I am sure it can be done with a few adjustments. Instant rice cooks in an equivalent amount of liquid and doubles in size. Regular long-grain rice cooks with a 2:1 water to rice ratio. One cup of regular rice equals 3 cups of cooked rice.
  • Can I use instant brown rice? Sure! You will need to adjust the cooking time. Instant brown rice takes longer to cook than instant white rice.
  • If you are sensitive to the ranch dressing mix, feel free to adjust the amount to your personal preference.

What to Serve with Crack Chicken & Rice

This only took about 20 minutes from start to finish. You can’t beat that! Chicken Legs raved about this version. He went back for seconds.  This was also great reheated for lunch the next day. Give this a try the next time you need a quick weeknight meal! We usually serve this dish with some green beans and bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy weeknight meal:

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plate of chicken & rice with bacon

Stovetop Cracked Out Chicken and Rice

Yield: 4 people
Stovetop Cracked Out Chicken and Rice- Chicken and Rice loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Ready to eat in about 20 minutes. Instant rice, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, chicken, cheddar, bacon, and ranch dressing mix. This makes a great weeknight meal. Serve with green beans and a biscuit for a dinner the whole family enjoys! #rice #chicken #bacon #cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10.75-oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • cups low sodium chicken broth
  • cups minute rice
  • ¼ cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 (1-oz) packet Ranch dressing mix

Instructions:

  • In a large saucepan combine cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and rice and bring to a boil. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes:

I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this recipe. This recipe uses about a half of a chicken.
Here is our recipe for Homemade Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken: https://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/
You can use any can of cream of anything soup you prefer – chicken, mushroom or celery all work great.
Can substitute turkey bacon for regular pork bacon.
I have not made this dish with regular long-grain rice. I am sure it can be done with a few adjustments. Instant rice cooks in an equivalent amount of liquid and doubles in size. Regular long-grain rice cooks with a 2:1 water to rice ratio. One cup of regular rice equals 3 cups of cooked rice.
You will need to adjust the cooking time if using instant brown rice. Instant brown rice takes longer to cook than instant white rice.
If you are sensitive to the ranch dressing mix, feel free to adjust the amount to your personal preference.

Steph

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Comments

  1. Even better the next day!! This is a great make-ahead dish, and it is SO quick making it on the stovetop. Definitely use reduced sodium soup and broth because it can be a little salty with the entire packet of ranch. This will be a great dish to take when someone is sick/has a baby/potluck, etc.

  2. Oh my gosh! Made this tonight with the help of my littles who taste as they go and informed me it was too "crunchy" after we blended the ingredients. But at the end, all three of us girls agree it is a winner. Thanks for the photos which make menu planning with a 6 an 8 year old so much fun.

  3. Made this last night for dinner. It was yummy and so very EASY!! I loved that it helped me to utilize some leftover chicken breasts and bacon. I did not make any modifications to the recipe other than to add a small amount of milk to thin it out a little. Next time I might add some sautéed onions and a small can of mushrooms, but it was excellent just the way it was. (And it seemed to taste even better the next day.) Thanks for the addition to the dinner rotation!

  4. I can't believe I missed this post. I've been spending the past month looking at your original recipe wondering how I could do it stovetop, and suddenly this.

    You are literally my hero.

  5. Stephanie, I ended up making it last night and used just a little over half of the packet. I personally found it a bit salty still but added a bit more cheese and it seemed to balance out. Rest of the family loved it…one of my daughters doesn't like cheese with her chicken (I can't believe she is my child!!!) so I didn't add the cheese till last and pulled her a serving out. I tasted it and she loved it.

  6. Lisa – if you are concerned that it will be too salty, you can cut the Ranch down – add half of it and taste it to see if you want to add any more before serving. Enjoy!

  7. This is on the menu for this week but I was wondering if it comes out on the salty side with using the whole packet of ranch dressing mix?

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