Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli

Keep things simple and delicious with our classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli. Made with Minute® Instant White Rice and loads of gooey Cheddar cheese, it’s always a crowd-pleaser!

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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 3
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Classic dishes are classic for a reason! This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli is no exception. Loaded with broccoli, chicken and gooey Cheddar cheese, it will always be a favorite at the dinner table.

    Step 1

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.

    Step 2

  • Melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth and lightly bubbling.

    Step 3

  • Add garlic salt and onion powder. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk. Simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Stir in broccoli and rice. Top with chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Cover skillet and cook on low for 5 minutes, or until rice is tender and broccoli is cooked through.

    Recipe Tips

    To reduce the cook time, skip Step 1 and add 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken in place of the raw chicken breast.

    If you have leftover, roasted vegetables on hand, use 2 cups in place of the broccoli.

Keep it Cheesy

Trying new things can be fun when you’ve got lots of time on your hands. But, after a long day of school, work or never-ending errands, complicated cooking that’s unfamiliar isn’t usually in the cards. That’s when the tried-and-true classics are the best way to go! Our quick and simple Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli is made with Minute® Instant White Rice and is always a delicious option after a long and hectic day.

If you enjoy this chicken and rice dish, you’ll love our 15-Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner made with Minute® White Rice, veggies and chicken broth. Although this recipe doesn’t specifically call for cheese, it tastes great when garnished with a generous sprinkle of your favorite cheese!

A cheesy chicken and rice casserole is good on its own, but if you really want a treat, make sure to serve it with delicious sides. We recommend a side dish like our Arugula, Pear and Multi-Grain Rice Salad, this Cuban Mojito Quinoa Salad or, for something a bit fruitier, our Ambrosia Rice Salad.

Suit Yourself!

This type of recipe isn’t just quick and simple, it’s also easy to modify to suit different palates. If broccoli isn’t your favorite veggie or you’d like to add some variety, try substituting it with one you prefer, such as cauliflower, spinach, red pepper or asparagus. Not enough cheese for your liking? Add another half cup and make this dish extra cheesy. You can also mix in a dollop of sour cream for added creaminess. Try this dish different ways to discover which one you, and your family, love the best!

Casserole Assembly 101

You may be surprised to learn that you don’t need to cook your rice before putting it in a casserole. If you are cooking with Minute® Instant Rice, you’ll want to add some boiling water to the casserole while it cooks in the oven.

It is best, though, to lightly cook most vegetables before adding them to a casserole. The best way to cook broccoli before adding it to your casserole is to fry it in a skillet along with any other vegetables that you are going to add in. Try another broccoli and chicken masterpiece by adding some chicken to this Broccoli Rice Casserole. It’s perfect if you are looking for a quick mid-week meal!

Rice and Chicken for One!

If you are looking for a rice and chicken dish for just one or two people, check out this great tasting Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice recipe made with Minute® Jalapeño Rice cups and frozen corn. Alternatively, if you are in the mood for burritos, you can check out this Chicken and Rice Burrito recipe.

Flavored Rice

If you are looking for a way to spice up your chicken and rice recipes, try flavoring your rice with a cooking liquid, such as chicken broth. You can also try stirring in some fresh herbs and spices.

For even more ideas on how to boost the flavor in your meals, check out this guide on easy flavor infusions. Then, try our your new tricks with our easy Mexican Rice Recipe!


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