Friday, January 22, 2010

Cheesy Chicken & Rice

This is a family favorite for us, and very easy to make. It can be made with premade store bought or frozen chicken. Also any rice will do, boxed, white, or brown. Use whatever you are in the mood for. I started making this dish when mike and I first got married, and trust me it has come a long way. It started as 2 plain chicken breasts, on top of white rice, with a can of cream of chicken soup and a can of cream of celery soup poured over the top, sprinkled with cheddar cheese and baked. Don't get me wrong it was good, but it is delicious now!

2 cups cheddar cheese
4 breaded chicken breasts, store bought, frozen, shake and baked or bread crumb, I cut them in half
4 oz. velveeta
1 1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups prepared rice, out of a box, long grain white, or brown
1 cup cooked vegetable, I use whatever is in season so today its broccoli. Other ideas are carrots, cauliflower, celery, peas.
salt and pepper to taste

Make It:
Preheat oven to 375. Prepare chicken breasts. Pour rice into 13 x 9 casserole dish. Heat a saucepan over medium high heat. Add butter to the pan, once melted add flour and whisk together, keep whisking for about a minute. Whisk in milk, allow to come to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and allow to simmer and thicken for a couple minutes. Turn heat to low, stir in velveeta, once combined stir in cheese.  Once both cheese are melted, turn off heat. Stir veggie into cheese sauce(if you have a non veggie eater in the house like I do you can just place the veg on the chicken of the people that like it and not in the sauce). Place chicken on top of rice, pour sauce over the top of everything. Sprinkle rest of cheese on top. Bake for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!