Hearty Chicken Bake



A great go-to when food supplies at my house are dwindling. It's also easy to change up the ingredients depending on taste preferences.


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15 Min
45 Min



  • 1½ c
    uncooked white jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2¼ c
    chicken broth

  • 2 large
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • ½ tsp
  • ½ tsp
    ground pepper
  • ½ tsp
    rubbed sage
  • ¼ - ½ tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 dash(es)
    ground nutmeg
  • ½ c
    sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 sm can(s)
    sliced mushrooms, drained and chopped
  • ½
    bell pepper, chopped and divided

  • ½ c
    celery, chopped
  • 2 c
    frozen broccoli florets (do not thaw) or
  • 2 stalk(s)
    fresh broccoli florets, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bunch
    fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 can(s)
    cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can(s)
    cream of chicken soup
  • 1 c
    mayonnaise (i use the olive oil kind)
  • 4 c
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp
    onion powder
  • ¼ tsp
    celery salt
  • ¼ tsp
    celery seeds

  • ½ c
    shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 tube(s)
    ritz crackers, crushed

How to Make Hearty Chicken Bake


  2. Bring chicken stock to a boil over medium high heat in a large sauce pan. Stir in rice, bring to a boil then cover and turn heat to low.
  3. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let rest, covered, for a minimum of 5 minutes, but preferably until ready to use.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 11x15" baking dish.
  6. While rice is cooking:

    Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

    Add mushrooms and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes, or until they start to brown slightly.
  7. Turn burner to medium high and add chicken and seasonings, stirring to mix and spreading into a single layer. Allow to cook undisturbed for about 3 minutes, or until the bottom of the chicken is lightly browned.
  8. Add in the onion and half of the bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until the chicken is fully cooked, about 3-5 minutes.

    Turn off heat and set aside.
  10. While chicken and rice are resting:

    In a large mixing bowl, combine soups, mayonnaise, 3½ cups of cheese and seasonings and mix thoroughly.
  11. To the bowl, add the celery, broccoli, asparagus and remainder of the the bell pepper, and chicken mixture, stir well to combine.
  12. Add rice and chicken mixture to the bowl and mix gently to combine.

    Dump the contents into the baking dish and spread evenly.
  14. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of cheese and top evenly with the crushed Ritz crackers.
  15. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crunchy. Let sit for at least 5 minutes and enjoy :)

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About Hearty Chicken Bake

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids
Hashtags: #rice #vegetables

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