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Chicken and rice topped with cheese on a white plate.
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Chicken Bacon and Ranch Rice Casserole

This cheesy rice casserole is bursting with flavor! I loaded this chicken and rice casserole with bacon, ranch, and cheddar to make a simple family friendly dish. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 588kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 20 ounces cream of chicken soup (2 cans) or homemade!
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Add the rice, milk, cream of chicken soup, ranch dressing, and bacon to a bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Pour rice mixture into the baking dish and place chicken tenderloins over the top.
  • Cover tightly with foil and bake for 60 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.
  • Remove the foil and top with the grated cheese. Cover and return to oven for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

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Notes

PLEASE NOTE: The rice will not cook through in the allotted time if the foil is not tightly sealed during baking. I know 75 minutes seems like a long time to cook chicken breasts, but it does not dry out as it's nestled down in the rice mixture and sealed tightly with foil, keeping in the steam. If, after the full 75 minutes of cooking, the rice is still not quite tender, keep it covered tightly with foil outside of the oven for an extra ten minutes. The steam inside the dish will finish off the rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1343mg | Potassium: 557mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 2mg