Chicken and Rice is a quick and easy meal that comes together in under 20 minutes. I’m sharing all the keys to success that will make this one a family-favorite.
We call this recipe just “Chicken and Rice” and it has been my son’s favorite meal since he was a little tot.
It’s perfect for kids who are not very adventurous with their food, but you can also spice it up to make it a more grown-up meal.
Key to Success #1 – Thou Shalt Use Only Tyson Canned Chicken
I know that cooking with canned chicken is considered uncool by a lot of people, but if you buy the right stuff it’s really a great staple to have in your pantry.
The Tyson brand has all-white meat chicken in it and I’ve never found anything unsavory in it.
It has a long shelf life and doesn’t require refrigeration so it’s easy to pull out when you need a quick meal.
I frequently use it in this quick and easy Chicken and Rice and in Chicken Salad Sandwiches.
You’ll want to drain off the liquid in the can, but you don’t have to squeeze all the moisture out of it.
Just a quick drain will do it. Then use a fork or a spoon to break up the chunks of chicken while it is still in the can.
Key to Success #2 – Add American Cheese For Creaminess
I use Kraft Singles American Cheese Slices in this Chicken and Rice recipe.
I know it sounds like an unusual ingredient for a casserole, but I’m a big proponent of using what you have and not having to buy an ingredient for a dish that you’ll only use infrequently.
And this goes doubly for an ingredient that needs to be refrigerated and the recipe only uses a little bit.
The American cheese melts wonderfully and adds a nice creaminess to the dish.
If you would prefer, you can use Velveeta cheese in place of the American cheese slices.
Key to Success #3 – Sour Cream Adds a Kick
The finishing touch on this Chicken and Rice dish is to stir in some sour cream.
I usually start with adding about a half-cup then add more if I want more creaminess in the dish.
I think the sour cream really adds a nice, tangy kick to the dish and balances out the cheese very nicely.
You can certainly leave out the sour cream if it’s not your thing.
You can also add some Tabasco or other hot sauce if you want to spice things up.
The kids like their food plainer so we’ll sometimes add the Tabasco to our plates at the table instead of the whole dish.
Either way, this is a simple and easy dish that the whole family will fall in love with.
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- 2 cups water
- 2 cups instant white rice
- 1 can (12.5 oz) Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken Breast, drained
- 4 slices (about 3 oz total) Kraft Singles American Cheese Slices
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In medium-sized saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add instant rice. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes while water absorbs.
- Add butter and both kinds of cheese. Let sit covered for 2-3 minutes until cheese starts to melt.
- Add chicken then stir well. Add sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir until just combined.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g