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Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole is super comforting and so tasty too! It’s easy to make and serves a crowd!

 

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Creamy, cheesy goodness with tender chicken and wholesome rice. All baked to perfection! 

It’s a casserole dish that’s perfect for chilly evenings or when you just need a bit of home-cooked comfort!

Chicken and rice casserole with cheese whiz super easy to prepare – basically, a dump-and-bake kind of recipe.

And it’s hearty! A very satisfying meal for a big group!

It’s a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken, making it budget-friendly.

You can sneak in some veggies with the broccoli. Any time you can sneak those in is a good day!

This cheesy chicken broccoli casserole is so cheesy! Who doesn’t love a good dose of melted cheese?

 

all ingredients laid out on counter and ready to assemble

 

What Ingredients Are in Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole?

This cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole is a popular recipe perfect for any busy weeknight!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need from the grocery store.

  • Minute Rice: Quick and easy!
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup: You can swap with cream of chicken soup if you want.
  • Cheez Whiz: Smooth. Delicious. Perfect.
  • Milk: Thins out the cheese.
  • Dried Minced Onion: Just a bit. Adjust the amount if you used onion powder.
  • Rotisserie Chicken: My favorite time saver!
  • Frozen Broccoli: No need to pre-cook, just throw it in. Just make sure it’s small pieces.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese: Double the cheese!

Pro Tips: 

  • Full-fat milk is my fav but you can pick your own. 
  • Chicken broth can also thin out the cheese if you want.
  • White rice, brown rice and wild rice all take different amounts of water and cook differently than instant rice.
  • You could cook up some chicken breasts if you don’t have a fresh chicken.

 

Rice, water and canned soup in a bowl unmixed

 

How to Make Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole

This cheesy broccoli chicken rice recipe is an easy recipe and pure comfort food!

You can serve it any time of year! Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients except cheddar cheese.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle cheese on top.
  3. Bake until everything is bubbly and the cheese is melted and slightly golden.

Pro Tip: Make sure to chop the chicken into similar sized pieces.

 

cheez whiz, milk and onion added to rice mix

 

Can You Make Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole Ahead of Time?

Absolutely you can prep this cheesy broccoli rice casserole early! 

You can assemble the casserole the night before.

Then cover it tightly, and refrigerate. 

When you’re ready to eat, just pop it in the oven. 

This makes it perfect for busy weeknights or when you need to plan meals ahead.

 

rotisserie chicken and frozen broccoli added to rice mix

 

How to Store Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole

First, let it cool to room temperature.

Then you can store the leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

It will keep well for up to 3 days. 

Just make sure to reheat it before serving.

 

Casserole poured into a prepared casserole dish

 

Can You Freeze Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole?

Yes, you can freeze this casserole! 

First, let it cool completely after baking. 

Then wrap it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. 

Finally, place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. 

It can be frozen for up to 2 months. 

When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the oven.

 

cheese sprinkled on top of casserole, unbaked

 

Is Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole Healthy?

This casserole isn’t the lightest dish. But I think that’s okay! Serve it with a salad and call it a win if the kids eat it!

Of course if you’re going for a really balanced diet, there are a few modifications you could make. 

For a healthier version use low-fat milk, reduced-fat Cheez Whiz, or add more broccoli. 

You could also add other vegetables like bell peppers or spinach. 

 

Baked casserole ready to serve

 

Is Cheez Whiz Healthy?

Cheez Whiz is pretty high in sodium and fat. 

Though I’ll just let you know that your body actually needs those things. So that’s not all bad. 

And it adds a delicious creamy texture and flavor to dishes.

But you should probably eat it in moderation. 

 

wooden spoon scooping a portion of casserole

 

What to Serve with Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole

This casserole is quite rich and hearty! 

So pairing it with lighter sides can balance your meal nicely.

Here are some classic side dishes you’ll love:

 

top view of casserole on a plate with entire casserole in background

 

Can I Omit the Broccoli in Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole?

You can definitely omit the broccoli! 

If broccoli isn’t your thing, feel free to leave it out.

Or you can replace it with another favorite vegetable. 

Cauliflower, peas, or even mixed vegetables can work well in this casserole.

 

plate of chicken and rice casserole with cheez whiz

 

How Long Does Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole Last?

When stored properly in the refrigerator, easy casserole recipes will last for 3-4 days. 

Make sure to cover it tightly with foil or plastic wrap.

Or store in an airtight container to keep it from drying out.

Reheat thoroughly in the microwave or oven before serving.

 

zoomed in side view image of cheez whiz chicken and rice casserole on plate

 

Additional Chicken and Rice Dishes you’ll Love…

Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole is the ultimate comfort food! This family dinner will be a crowd favorite in no time!

 

Yield: 8 Servings

Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole

plate of chicken and rice casserole with cheez whiz

This easy and cheesy Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe is one you have to try! It’s a perfect blend of comfort and convenience!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish and set aside
  3. In a bowl combine rice, water and soup.
  4. Add Cheese whiz, milk and onion.
  5. Add rotisserie chicken and frozen broccoli.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 632Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 1556mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 48g

 

 

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Catalina

Wednesday 29th of May 2024

Your Cheez Whiz Chicken and Rice Casserole is amazing! It was so simple to put together and turned out delicious. The creamy Cheez Whiz sauce was perfect with the chicken and rice.

Sandra

Wednesday 29th of May 2024

This casserole is one of my kids favorite! And I love how easy it was to make and turned out yummy everytime!

Amanda Batcher

Tuesday 28th of May 2024

Everyone in my family makes this dish! It is a huge hit!

Krystle

Tuesday 28th of May 2024

Our whole family loved this easy casserole. We make it at least once per month.

Beth

Tuesday 28th of May 2024

I LOVE this so much! Cheez Whiz has been one of my favorite "foods" since I was a kid, so making this casserole was a no-brainer for me. We loved it.

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