Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake

Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake combines 5 simple ingredients – broccoli, diced tomatoes with herbs, chicken, cheese and Minute® Rice – into an easy, cheesy, delicious meal the whole family will love!  {gluten free} Plus a $100 Visa gift card giveaway!
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For weeknight meals, we often rely on the same rotation of recipes. The recipes are favorites, but it is nice to mix things up a bit. The key is to keep recipes simple, with both preparation and ingredients. This Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake is a result of this motivation when raiding my pantry for a new weeknight meal.

A combination of Minute® White Rice and cheese (always a popular with the kids) plus diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, chicken and broccoli, made this cheesy Chicken Tomato Chicken Rice Bake an instant favorite with the entire family. Any meal that has my 3 year old asking for ‘more broccoli please’ is a definite winner!

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Preparation for Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake is simple, starting with the quickest step – making the rice. I use Minute® White Rice, which means great-tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes. It’s easy to prepare and is the foundation to any wholesome meal. Next I poach fresh chicken breast for juicy, easy-to-shred chicken. Rotisserie chicken could be also be used.

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Once the rice and chicken are ready, I put them in a bowl to toss with vegetables and cheese. The broccoli adds beautiful color and an extra dose of nutrition, while the diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano adds an Italian twist that brings the entire dish together. After everything is combined, pour the mixture into a baking dish, sprinkle some bonus cheese on top and bake. The result is this wonderful Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake!

Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1 cup Minute® White Rice
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 ounces steamed broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. MAKE RICE: Cook rice according to package directions.
  3. POACH CHICKEN: Meanwhile, put chicken in another sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Carefully remove cooked chicken to a separate bowl and using two forks, shred chicken.
  4. ASSEMBLE AND BAKE: In a large bowl, combine rice, chicken, broccoli, tomatoes and 1 cup shredded cheese. Pour into prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

In this recipe I used Minute® White Rice. If you like the nutty, rich flavor of brown rice, Minute 100% Whole Grain Brown Rice is also a delicious, nutritious option, as it has similar nutritional values as regular long cooking brown rice, but is ready in just 10 minutes, –   ¼ the time!!  Both Minute Brown and White Rice are gluten free, too.

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  1. What a score to make something this yummy, cheesy and comforting but to do it with only 5 simple ingredients!

  2. Such a comforting and simple dish! I’m positive my family would love it. 🙂

  3. We adore rice in our home so this casserole would be a big hit! It’s a quick and easy weeknight supper that I definitely can pull together. 🙂

  4. I love a classic seafood paella!

  5. My favorite is risotto

  6. I’ve always got a box of minute rice in my pantry. This casserole looks delicious and something my family would definitely enjoy!

  7. Oh, I’m always looking for new ways to use Minute Rice. Love this recipe!

  8. Julie Wood says:

    My favorite meal with rice is Spanish Rice that I make all the time and my family loves it! Your casserole looks so delicious!

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  10. I love adding rice fajita night to put in my tortilla with everything else!

  11. This would definitely work for my picky family!

  12. Steven weber says:

    My favorite meal with rice is chicken tika masala

  13. Steven weber says:


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  14. What a great quick and easy dinner recipe! My kiddos would devour it in a minute!

  15. I love rice with black beans…Cuban style.

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  17. I love rice with stir fry veggies the best.

  18. I love making oven baked risotto – all the yum, without all the standing and stirring!

  19. My favorite meal with rice is a chicken and veggie stir fry with brown rice and teriyaki sauce!!

  20. We absolutely love rice in our house… A staple for almost every meal. Can’t wait to try this recipe

    As a native New Orleanian my favorite dish would have to be red beans and rice 😉

  21. My favorite meal with rice is General Tso’s chicken!

  22. Okay, so I just recently discovered Minute Rice single serving cups! Which may not sound life changing, but it IS! Because we are always making dishes that are best served over rice, but I’m a rice snob and don’t like day old rice. So I never know what to do with the left overs of the main dish. But Minute Rice to the rescue! It’s made in the microwave and so perfect for my left overs! Okay, that was really random, but since I just discovered it I felt the need to share, lol! This dish looks AMAZING! Making it for my family soon!

  23. Love this great weeknight dinner idea! Love!!

  24. CR Williams says:

    I love chicken fried rice!!

  25. CR Williams says:
  26. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is chicken and rice. Also rice pudding is another. Your recipe sounds really good too. I’m going to give this a try.
    Thanks so much.

  27. Margaret Smith says:
  28. I like a broccoli, mushroom and rice stir fry.

  29. Can’t get over how EASY this is!!

  30. Yum! This looks soo filling!

  31. My favorite meal with rice is typically wild rice with salmon, but this looks really delicious, I’ll need to try it!

  32. I love rice pilaf with mushrooms and peas. And it goes well with my husband’s grilled barbecued chicken strips!

  33. My favorite meal with rice is chicken, broccoli and mushroom stir fry.

  34. Henria O. says:

    We like rice and salmon or shrimp with a quick salad.
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  35. risotto

  36. Jessie C. says:

    My favorite meal with rice is Japanese beef and rice bowl (Gyudon).
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  37. Jessie C. says:


  38. My favorite meal with rice is Classic Gumbo! It’s so good with rice.

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  39. Lisa Brown says:

    my favorite meal with rice is chili.

  40. Lisa Brown says:


  41. I like to make Hawaiian chicken and serve it on a bed of rice.


  42. broccoli and chicken rice casserole

  43. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I like the extra flavor Minute Rice Brown rice adds. Everything put into this recipe are items my family enjoys. “#SweepstakesEntry”

  44. Lauralee Hensley says:
  45. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Yum! This dish looks wonderful!!
    My favorite rice dish is Thai fried rice. Love curry!!

  46. My favorite is Thai Pineapple Fried Rice.

  47. maria cantu says:

    Chicken with rice.

  48. sarah hirsch says:

    my favorite rice dish is sweet and sour chicken with rice

  49. Anastasia Falling says:

    I love rice in all sorts of dishes, but especially Sweet & Sour chicken! OR, just a big bowl of rice with nothing but salt and butter! 🙂

  50. Anastasia Falling says:
  51. Stefanie G says:

    I love rice with baked chicken!

  52. I would have to say that it is miso soup

  53. First of all, I love your casserole, which I could see making as a tasty way to change-up leftovers, too.

    We eat a lot of rice, but lately fried rice is my favorite dinner featuring rice. Coincidentally, fried rice is also a great way to use leftovers. I think I’m detecting a theme here…

  54. I tweeted about your Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake and the Minute Rice giveaway:

  55. My favorite is beef stew served over brown rice.

  56. I’m a fan of stir-fry with a rice base. Many times in the summer we have a plate full of vegetables from our garden so we will grill them up, add some meat and voila!

  57. Anastasia Falling says:

    I might need a NEW favorite dish after seeing what you made! YUM!! Currently, my favorite dish with rice is cheesy rice with BBQ chicken! 🙂 But I also love just a big bowl of rice with some sale & butter 🙂

  58. Anastasia Falling says:
  59. i like chicken fried rice.

  60. Chicken fried rice — yum!

  61. Chicken teriyaki with rice.

  62. Cynthia C says:

    I like Spanish Rice. It’s easy, quick and delicious.

  63. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite rice dish is Orange Chicken with Rice.

  64. Susan Smith says:
  65. Rebecca Graham says:

    Chicken fried rice is really good.

  66. I make a very similar casserole to this one, just with broccoli, no tomato. And it has Velveeta as the cheese. We love it!
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  67. I like rice with added mushrooms and almonds, served alongside Chicken Marsala.

  68. Angel Jacklyn says:
  69. Angel Jacklyn says:

    I love combining rice with my dinner veggies for added texture!

  70. We love cheesy rice with our enchiladas. It’s one of our favorites.

  71. sherri crawford says:

    red beans and rice is my fav

  72. Shawn Gallagher says:
  73. Shawn Gallagher says:

    Chicken rice soup among others

  74. My favorite rice meal is teriyaki chicken stir fry served on wild rice.

  75. I love putting together a quick and easy tortilla soup, with rice of course!

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  76. I love having rice with chicken stir-fry!

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  78. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I love to have pork chops with rice and mixed veggies! This recipe looks amazing!

  79. Sweet and sour chicken!

  80. Ellie Wright says:

    I love chicken and rice with gravy.

  81. Ellie Wright says:
  82. I love making my panko breaded, deep fried tofu with spicy peanut sauce and rice. SO good!

  83. My favorite meal with rice is Broccoli, Cheese and Rice casserole!

  84. Whitney Bellows says:

    Mexican style rice with beef fajitas

  85. Whitney Bellows says:
  86. Debbie B says:
  87. Elizabeth elliott says:

    I love making a Mexican rice. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  88. Elizabeth elliott says:
  89. Tabathia B says:

    I like steamed rice with diced chicken

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  90. Tabathia B says:

    I like steamed rice with baked chicken

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  91. Tabathia B says:


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  92. Pineapple fried rice

  93. Jerry Marquardt says:

    My favorite meal with rice is some nice Alaskan Crab sushi. Nothing is more delicious.

  94. Kathryn C says:

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    My favorite meal with rice is shrimp scampi with white rice

  95. Kathryn C says:
  96. Erica Best says:

    fried rice with chicken

  97. Erica Best says:
  98. Bert Ruiz says:

    My favorite meal with rice is Chicken & Rice Soup

  99. Bert Ruiz says:
  100. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like shrimp fried rice.

  101. Jessica To says:

    I like chicken with wild rice.

  102. I like a shrimp stir fry with rice.
    Thanks for the contest.