Cooking Time: 50 - 60 Minutes
Necessary Equipment: 8x8 or 9x13 Glass Casserole Dish and a Large Skillet
Preheat Oven to: 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
Serves: 4 to 8
Step 1: Ingredients
2 to 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 to 1.5 Cups Minute Rice
5 to 10 slices of Cheese
1 Box Stove Top Stuffing (Chicken or Cornbread Flavoring)
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup + 1 Can Water
1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
1 Cup Water
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Once you've gathered everything, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Rice It Up
If you don't have minute rice, you may need to precook the rice before you put it in the dish. Using rice that has very long cooking times or specific instructions may turn out bad.
Stick to glass dishes. I don't recommend using a metal pan - it can evaporate the water before the rice cooks, burning it severely.
Spice It Up
The rice is a great place for additional ingredients. Here are some of the things I have mixed into the rice - either individually or as various combinations. Get creative!
- 1 Diced Bell Pepper - Various Colors
- 1/2 Cup Broccoli - Cut Up
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese - Any Flavor
- 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing or 1/4 Cup Ranch Powder
- Crumbled Bacon - Precooked (Or Bacon Bits)
- Crushed Chipotle Spice Cube
Step 3: Preparing the Chicken
Layer the cooked chicken evenly over the rice and sprinkle with pepper and garlic.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw chicken!
The original recipe (that was given to my mother) called for placing the whole, uncooked chicken breast on top of the rice. This is not easy to serve since you have to spoon out an entire chicken breast at a time. Realistically, an hour in the oven at 350 degrees should be enough to cook the chicken, but I feel better precooking it.
Step 4: Dangerously Cheesy
If you like to use gourmet or deli cheese, then by all means go for it. I typically use yellow American cheese, but any flavor will work.
Step 5: Adding Soup
If you are out of Cream of Chicken Soup or just want to try something else, here are a couple of other options:
- 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup + 1 Can Water
- 1 Can Cream of Broccoli Soup + 1 Can Water
Step 6: Top It Off
Step 7: Eat!
Foods in the Midwest don't have to look nearly as good as they have to taste, so don't worry about the sloppy presentation.
I like to pair this chicken casserole with cottage cheese, Doritos, and sweetened iced tea to drink!