Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice is an easy dinner recipe that is made in one pot on the stove. With only 6 simple ingredients like chicken, broccoli, rice, chicken broth, and cheddar cheese it can be on the table in just 30 minutes.
In a 12-inch skillet pan (make sure it has a lid) over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, chicken, salt, and pepper.Cook 4-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is mostly non-pink in the middle. Chicken should be white on the outside. Drain the excess liquid and oil from the chicken.
Add rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover with lid, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is cooked.
While rice and chicken is simmering, cook the microwaveable broccoli in the microwave following the instructions on package. Once done, chop up the broccoli into smaller pieces, if wanted.
When rice is done cooking, add broccoli and 1 cup of the cheese into the skillet pan. Stir together. Top with the remaining 1 cup shredded cheese and cover with the lid. Let cook for about 2 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
Rice : You can use long-grain white rice instead of the basmati. I just love basmati rice because it cooks up perfectly and is always no-fail. Broccoli : If you don't want to use the 12 oz bag of microwaveable broccoli, simply cook fresh broccoli in a pot, and then chop it and add it to the skillet pan (you need about 2 cups for this recipe). Using the microwaveable broccoli makes it so easy and quick. Chicken : If the chicken breasts are large then only use 2. Normal sized or smaller chicken breasts and you need 3 of them. Broth : For best flavor use the full salt chicken broth. Of course low sodium chicken broth can be substituted if wanted. Tip : If you want to spice up the recipe then use pepper jack cheese. Add some chili powder or cayenne pepper. You can also add a chopped onion and fresh garlic in with the chicken while it cooks. Any seasoning can be added like garlic powder or onion powder. We love it as is because of it's mild cheesy flavor.