Brown Rice & Chicken Bake

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6 servings

How do you make a chicken-and-rice bake exciting? We did it by using brown rice and chicken thighs for a change. Then we added bacon and melty cheese.

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  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cook and stir bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 Tbsp. drippings from skillet.
  • Add chicken to reserved drippings; cook 3 min. on each side or until evenly browned. Remove from skillet; set aside. Add carrots and rice to skillet; cook and stir 3 min., adding garlic for the last minute. Stir in broth and dressing; bring to boil. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with chicken. Cover.
  • Bake 1 hour or until chicken is done (165ºF) and rice is tender. Remove from oven; top with cheese, bacon and onions. Cover; let stand 5 min. or until cheese is melted.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with a mixed green salad and glass of fat-free milk to round out the meal.


Prepare using 6 chicken legs (about 1-1/2 lb.) or 3 bone-in chicken breasts (cut in half after cooking).


  • 6 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings
Calories 440
% Daily Value
Total fat 25g
Saturated fat 8g
Cholesterol 110mg
Sodium 530mg
Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A 190 %DV
Vitamin C 4 %DV
Calcium 15 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • mcbain9g2 | Wed, Mar 18 2015 2:46 PM

    I've made this a few times now. I also don't drain the bacon grease. There isn't that much and it does help flavor the chicken which in turn flavors the rice. We are a family of 4 and this is a favorite.

  • 4metcalf | Fri, Jan 30 2015 8:21 AM

    This is becoming one of the monthly staples I make in my house! So easy and delicious! The only change I do is that I don't discard the bacon drippings. It makes the chicken taste so much better. Who doesn't love bacon?!

  • raredan | Mon, Dec 15 2014 1:34 PM

    So good and easy, a real crowd pleaser!