spicy cheesy chicken bake

★★★★☆ 4 Reviews
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By Cindy DeVore
from Amissville, VA

At the Valley Green Farm, we love-love-love cheese! And we really love spicy dishes, too. If your palate doesn't handle a lot of heat, this recipe can be toned down easily by omitting the jalapeno and chili powder. You can also substitute a little more shredded cheddar in place of the pepper jack cheese. For our version, we're keepin' it spicy! And... as always, we recommend using organic and locally-produced ingredients whenever possible!

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This cheesy goodness is a great twist on a classic chicken and rice casserole. We loved the bite jalapeno and chili powder gives the dish. Pepper jack and cheddar cheese add so much flavor and creaminess to the rice. This easy casserole can be quickly thrown together when you're in a pinch and your family will love it. Add a side salad and dinner is served.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 4 Reviews
serves 3 to 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For spicy cheesy chicken bake

  • 2 can
    cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 can
    water (use soup can to measure)
  • 1 c
    white rice, uncooked
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1
    jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 c
    pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 3-4
    skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded

How To Make spicy cheesy chicken bake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream of mushroom soup poured into a casserole dish.
    2
    In a baking dish, stir together soup, water, and rice.
  • Garlic and jalapenos added to soup and rice mixture.
    3
    Add garlic, jalapeno pepper, and chili powder.
  • Pepper jack cheese spread on top of rice and soup mixture.
    4
    Then stir 1/2 cup of the shredded pepper jack into the rice and soup mixture. Be sure ingredients are stirred in evenly throughout the mixture.
  • Four chicken breasts placed on top of rice, soup and cheese mixture.
    5
    Place chicken breasts into soup and rice mixture.
  • Cheddar and pepper jack cheese sprinkled on top of chicken breasts.
    6
    Top chicken with cheddar cheese and remaining pepper jack cheese.
  • Casserole baking in the oven in a white dish.
    7
    Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes, depending on the thickness of chicken breasts. Breasts are done when no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear.
  • Casserole on a plate with corn.
    8
    Serve chicken breasts on plate and spoon out the rice as a side dish. If desired, sprinkle a small amount of additional cheese over chicken just before serving.
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