Baked Chicken and Rice with Cheddar Cheese

chicken and rice casserole with peas
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  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
791 Calories
34g Fat
71g Carbs
47g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 791
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 1761mg 77%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 47g
Calcium 290mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This baked chicken and rice casserole is made with cooked diced chicken. Peas and celery add color and texture to the dish, while cheese makes it a satisfying one-dish meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 (10oz) package frozen peas, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar or American cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375° F (190° C/Gas Mark 5). Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine rice, celery, 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt. Heat to boiling. Cover and simmer for about 8 minutes; add peas and cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until rice is tender and water is absorbed. 

  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan or skillet. Saute chicken for about 1 minute; mix with the rice.

  4. In the same saucepan in drippings, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, the flour, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, just until bubbling. Gradually stir in the milk. Continue cooking and stirring until sauce thickens and gently boils for about 1 minute.

  5. Pour sauce over the chicken rice mixture and gently stir to blend ingredients.  

  6. Transfer to the buttered baking dish. 

  7. Sprinkle with cheese; bake for 20 minutes.

Serves 4.

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