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This baked chicken and rice casserole is made in one pan with very few ingredients. An easy cheesy dinner the whole family will love! Scroll down to the end of the post for a GIVEAWAY from Crystal Farms®.

I have a little cheese-y story to tell ya. I never used to like cheese. I mean the cheese in the Western world that comes in blocks, shreds, slices or other forms. They meant nothing to me because growing up in an African home, we never made meals with cheese.

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The only cheese I knew was Swiss cheese spread which I slathered on my bread and enjoyed. That’s all I knew about cheese.

But in America…

I came across tons and tons of cheese which I conveniently ignored. But because I am always experimenting in the kitchen, I started experimenting with cheese. And. Oh. My. God! I almost beat myself for not cooking with cheese in my pre-cheese-ignoring life. Here are some of the cheesy recipes I make in my home which I have equally shared on the blog:

And now, this Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole which is cheesy, easy-to-make, tasty and to die for!

Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

When you make a meal and your 6 year old exclaims, “make this for my birthday!” then you know you have a WINNING DISH!

All you have to do is place some rice, chicken, onion, bell pepper, garlic powder, white pepper, salt and butter in a baking dish.

Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe step 1

Then you pour in some water, cover with aluminium foil and bake till done.

Add the cheese which is like the icing on the cake then bake uncovered for a few more minutes.

Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe step 2

Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe step 3

Rice-y, chicken-y, cheese-y goodness the whole family will love!

Baked chicken and rice casserole dinner

I used Crystal Farms Block Cheese (Mild Cheddar) in this recipe. Crystal Farms® is committed to providing the highest quality products made with few preservatives. You can find Crystal Farms® cheese in the refrigerated dairy section of your grocery store.

Go get the ingredients and make this easy weeknight chicken and rice recipe. Enjoy!

Chicken and rice casserole made in the oven. One-pan dinner recipe.

Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole

5 from 5 votes
This baked chicken and rice casserole is made in one pan with very few ingredients. An easy cheesy dinner the whole family will love! All you need to do is combine all ingredients in an oven-safe bowl and bake for an easy one-pan chicken and rice dish. Enjoy!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 cups rice - I used parboiled rice
  • 2 chicken breasts - cut into 1-inch pieces boneless and skinless
  • 1/2 bell pepper - chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 8 oz block cheddar cheese by Crystal Cheese Farms®
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Rub a casserole pan with butter then preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • In the casserole pan, put in the rice, chicken, garlic powder, white pepper, black pepper, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, salt and water. Top with the remaining butter (cut into little pieces).
  • Cover with aluminium foil and put in the oven uncovered to cook for one hour.
  • Remove and top with the cheese. Then place back in the oven to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley if you like and serve warm!


I took this classic recipe and made it from scratch. No need to reach for cans here!


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 818IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Calories: 464
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About Precious

Welcome to my core! I am Precious Nkeih, the recipe developer and writer right here on my blog, Precious Core. My goal is to show you insanely delicious recipes you can replicate in your kitchen. And I love to tell stories too. Hope you find recipes here that will make cooking easier for you! Check me out on YouTube at

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  1. Thank you for this delicious quick easy recipe. This is one of the best dishes I take to potlucks…so easy to prepare and it always receive rave reviews. I use the Crystal Farms Mozarella cheese in my dish.

  2. Now i am craving for slow cooker Lasagna so i will chose Crystal Farms Mozarella cheese and Crystal Farms parmesan cheese for my dish . Then my second option will be your yummy one pan chicken and rice dish so i will definitely need Crystal Farms chedar cheese .