Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

This is one of my most FAVORITE recipes and I am a little shocked I've never blogged it! CRAZY!  But it's super simple...just takes a bit to cook (prep takes like 5 minutes so that's easy), but it's worth it and so tasty!  I serve it with green beans and crescent rolls. YUMMMMM.

What you'll need:

  • 9x13 glass baking pan
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of milk (or heavy cream)
  • 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 box of Minute Rice
  • 8-10 chicken breast tenderloins
  • Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning
  • Salt & pepper
How to make this tasty cheesy concoction: 
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a bowl, mix up the 2 cans of cream of chicken soup with 2 cups of milk (hint: I just fill the milk up in the cream of chicken soup cans to 'measure' my 2 cups)
  3. Once combined, generously sprinkle in salt and pepper
  4. Take mixture and pour into your baking pan
  5. Get your Minute Rice and pour into the mixture...this is where you need to 'eyeball it' -- you want your rice to be soaked in the mixture but still have some 'soupy-ness' to the mixture and rice
  6. Mix in about 1.5 cups of the shredded cheese into the rice mixture
  7. Take your tenderloins and generously coat the with the lemon pepper seasoning, and place on top of the rice mixture
  8. Bake for 30 minutes at 375F; at 30 minutes flip the tenderloins over, bake for another 30 minutes
  9. After an hour get a knife and cut open a few of the tenderloins to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way throuh
  10. Once the chicken is cooked, take the remainder of the cheese (about 1.5 cups) and cover the top of the chicken and rice...let bake for a couple minutes until cheese is melted
  11. Remove from oven, plate, and ENJOY!

Seriously, it is SO DARN GOOD.  YUMMMMMM-O.  If you make it, drop me a line in the comments and let me know how you like it!  You can modify it and put veggies in with the rice too if that's your jam...or more/different kinds of cheese too.  Go crazy!  And enjoy!!

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