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Skillet Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice features fluffy rice, tender chicken, broccoli, and lots of cheese. It’s the perfect dinner when you’re short on time and need a quick clean up!

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Sometimes as a parent the last thing you want to do when dinner time rolls around is cook.

But when you have a few one-pan recipes up your sleeve, dinner time becomes much more manageable.

This cheesy chicken broccoli and rice skillet is one you’ll want to add to your recipe box for those nights when you don’t have a lot of time or energy.

This recipe works because it’s:

  • Done in 30 minutes. When you’re short on time, you want a dinner that comes together quick.
  • Easy clean up. I’m all about eliminating multiple cooking dishes!
  • Full of broccoli. This recipe is an easy way to get your kiddos to eat their vegetables.
  • Covered in cheese! And if you’ve got some picky eaters on your hands, the cheese helps disguise the broccoli.

This recipe was adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Step-by-Step Instructions

Chicken broccoli rice ingredients including raw chicken, broth, cheese, and rice on white table.

SEASON 2 pounds of cubed, boneless chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet or pan over medium heat and brown the chicken in 3 tablespoons of olive oil for 4-5 minutes.

Browned chicken pieces in large black skillet surrounded by other ingredients.

ADD 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder and 2 cloves of minced garlic to the skillet and saute for 1 minute.

Minced garlic in large black skillet with browned chicken pieces.

PUSH the chicken to one side of the skillet and saute 1 cup uncooked white rice in 1 additional tablespoon of olive oil for 2-3 minutes.

Sauteed rice in large black skillet with browned chicken pieces.

POUR 2 cups of chicken broth and 1/2 cup water into the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, lower the heat, cover the skillet, and allow the rice and chicken to simmer for about 15 minutes.

Chicken broth and browned chicken pieces in large black skillet with cover off to side.

SPRINKLE 1 (12 ounce) bag of frozen broccoli over the chicken and rice mixture and stir to combine.

Chopped broccoli on top of cooked rice and chicken pieces in black skillet.

CONTINUE to cook covered for another 5 minutes on low, or until broccoli and rice are both tender. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.

REMOVE the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Shredded Colby jack cheese sprinkled over cooked chicken and broccoli in skillet.

SPRINKLE the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese on top and cover the skillet with a lid, letting it sit for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

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Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Wooden spoon in cheesy chicken, broccoli, and rice all in large black skillet.

If you don’t like chicken broth or don’t have any on hand, try these easy chicken broth substitutes.

You can also try these substitutes for onion powder.

If your rice and broccoli aren’t quite tender after 20 minutes of cooking, you can always add a little extra water and continue simmering until everything is cooked to your liking.

I like to use frozen broccoli for this meal because it makes the prep work so easy, but if you’d like to use fresh broccoli, you’ll need to cut it into bite-sized pieces and add it into the skillet after 12 minutes.

I hope your family loves this recipe for cheesy chicken broccoli and rice! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Wooden spoon in cheesy chicken, broccoli, and rice all in large black skillet.

Skillet Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice features fluffy rice, tender chicken, broccoli, and lots of cheese. It's the perfect dinner when you're short on time and need a quick clean up!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen broccoli
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Season cubed chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet or pan over medium heat and brown the chicken in 3 tablespoons of olive oil for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add onion powder and minced garlic to the skillet and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Push the chicken to one side of the skillet and saute uncooked rice in 1 additional tablespoon of olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour chicken broth and water into the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, lower the heat, cover the skillet, and allow the rice and chicken to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the frozen broccoli over the chicken and rice mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Continue to cook covered for another 5 minutes on low, or until broccoli and rice are both tender. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese on top and cover the skillet with a lid, letting it sit for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 720mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 29g
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