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Cheddar, Chicken, Broccoli & Rice

September 5, 2020 by Chris Collins

This chicken and broccoli rice is loaded with crispy bacon and doused in melty cheddar cheese. It’s an easy no-fuss dinner all made in one pot!

wooden spoon diving into rice in casserole dish

The Ultimate One Pot Chicken & Rice

If you’re looking for a no fuss family dinner this one’s for you! It’s kind of a cross between a rice casserole and a risotto. Here’s why you’re gonna love it:

  • One Pot – This all goes down in one pot *yay for less washing up*
  • Combo – Chicken, broccoli, bacon and cheddar. There really is no better combo for dinner!
  • Filling – This will easily feed 5. It’s big, carby and hearty!

It’s also ridiculously delicious, which is always a plus. All good chicken and rice dishes start with good chicken. Follow me…

close up shot focus on broccoli in casserole dish

Chicken Breast vs Chicken Thigh

For this recipe your best bet is boneless skinless chicken thigh. I prefer using thigh over breast for 3 reasons:

  1. Tender – Chicken thigh tends to be more tender than breast and is far less likely to dry out during cooking.
  2. Fat – Thigh is fattier than breast which means it also tends to carry more flavour.
  3. Price – Generally speaking chicken thigh is cheaper than chicken breast.

Render the Bacon!

To start the dish you actually want to begin with the bacon. Keep it on a medium heat and render out as much fat as possible. This will not only allow the bacon to crisp up, but it’ll also leave enough oil to start the chicken.

One Pot Rice

Like I mentioned this is a one pot recipe so there’s no need to precook the rice. This way the rice will absorb all those gorgeous flavours as it cooks. The starch from the rice also thickens the sauce.

Process shots: fry bacon then remove (photo 1), add chicken (photo 2), fry both sides (photo 3), stir in rice (photo 4), add in milk and chicken stock (photo 5), add chives and dijon mustard (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing How to make chicken bacon rice

Cheddar and Broccoli

Once you’ve added in the liquids it’s time for the broccoli. Same as the rice, this doesn’t need pre-cooking as it’ll cook in with the rice. I usually let the rice simmer for 10mins or so before adding the broccoli, just because I like it to have a bite to it. But you can add it in with the rice if you like it softer.

Do I have to use cheddar?

Cheddar is the classic combo with broccoli, but I have subbed out for parmesan before which works nicely, as does Gruyere.

Process shots: simmer rice (photo 7), add in broccoli (photo 8), simmer until cooked (photo 9), stir through cheddar and bacon (photo 10).

4 step by step photos showing how to make chicken bacon broccoli rice

How do I store leftovers?

This keeps great in the fridge for 3-4days. Just allow to completely cool and tightly cover in the fridge.

If you’re after another delicious broccoli recipe check out my Broccoli Pasta Bake!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this broccoli, cheddar, chicken & rice shall we?!

close up shot of serving spoon digging into rice in casserole dish

How to make Chicken Broccoli Rice (Full Recipe & Video)

over head shot of chicken broccoli rice in casserole dish with wooden spoon diving in

Cheddar, Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

This chicken and broccoli rice is loaded with crispy bacon and doused in melty cheddar cheese. It's an easy no-fuss dinner all made in one pot!
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Servings (click & slide): 4 big potions
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Universal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories per serving: 670kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50


  • Large Casserole Dish & Wooden Spoon
  • Slotted Spoon & Side Dish (to remove bacon)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Jug (for stock and milk)
  • Cheese Grater
  • Serving Spoon

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1lb / 500g Chicken Thigh, diced into large bite sized pieces (bring close to room temp)
  • 1x 14oz/400g head of Broccoli, cut into florets (approx 9oz/250g)
  • 7oz / 200g Bacon, diced
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups / 100-150g Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Uncooked Long-Grain Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups / 625ml Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups / 500ml Milk
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Double/Heavy Cream at room temp (or more milk)
  • 2 tbsp finely diced Fresh Chives
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Black Pepper (to season chicken)
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • Bacon: Add bacon to a large casserole dish over medium heat and fry until nicely crisp with the fat rendered. Remove with slotted spoon (leaving fat behind) and place in a dish to the side.
  • Chicken: Coat chicken pieces in 1/2 tsp onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Turn heat to medium-high and place the chicken in the leftover bacon fat (add a drizzle more oil if needed). Leave to fry until golden, then flip and fry until golden on the other side. The main goal here is to brown the chicken, you want it mostly cooked through but it'll continue cooking when the rice is added.
  • Rice: Turn heat back down to medium and stir in rice. Pour in chicken stock and milk/cream and add in dijon mustard and chives. Give it all a good stir (scraping off any flavour from the bottom of the pan). Leave on a simmer, stirring occasionally until the rice is cooked and the sauce has thickened. Around 15-20mins. (see next step for broccoli).
  • Broccoli: I like my broccoli with a bite to it, so I usually add in around 5-10mins into simmering. But if you're florets are particularly large or you like your broccoli completely cooked through add it in with the liquids and simmer right through.
  • Serve: You won't have too much liquid, but if the sauce over thickens just add a touch more stock. Stir through cheddar and crispy bacon, then season to taste.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Chicken - Chicken thigh is great because it's more tender than breast. It's also fattier so injects more flavour. Having said that you can use breast if that's all you have.
b) Cheese - Cheddar and broccoli is a classic combo, so I do recommend using it. Gruyere also works nicely (preferably mixed with cheddar). As does parmesan (will only need about 1/2cup/40g if using parmesan).
c) Storage - Allow to completely cool and tightly cover in the fridge for 3-4days. Reheat in the microwave or stove until chicken is piping hot again.
d) Calories - based on using 1 cup cheddar, 1/2 cup cream and shared between 5 people.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Cheddar, Chicken, Broccoli and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 670 Calories from Fat 318
% Daily Value*
Fat 35.38g54%
Saturated Fat 9.676g48%
Trans Fat 0.363g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.096g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.684g
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 745mg31%
Potassium 808mg23%
Carbohydrates 50.11g17%
Fiber 3.4g14%
Sugar 6.37g7%
Protein 37.36g75%
Vitamin A 1981IU40%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 357mg36%
Iron 2.87mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Marina Melidou
    February 23, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    5 stars
    My fussy 8-year old wolves down a bowl of it! (with visible broccoli in it!!)
    Need I say more?
    Chris, your recipes never disappoint, I’m so happy I found you.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 23, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      Marina, thank you so much for the lovely review! So happy to hear this went down well with you and the little one 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    November 20, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I made this tonight, exactly as per the recipe and it was simply delicious. I could definitely eat this for dinner every night. Will be making it regularly from now on and will certainly be trying your other recipes.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 20, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Great to hear, Yvonne! Thanks so much for popping back and leaving a review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    5 stars
    I love one pot meals. This recipe comes out so creamy and delicious.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Can’t beat a one pot meal!

  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious and perfect for tonight! I can’t wait to make this recipe! My family and I are going to love it!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Hope it goes down well! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathryn Donnagelo
    November 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a staple in our home! I love how easy and simple it is to whip up and always delicious! Thank you for this recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Great to hear – Thanks Kathryn! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    November 24, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    5 stars
    This is a meal that my family would love! I can’t wait to try it out for dinner this week!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Hope it goes down well! 🙂

  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so good and easy! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Julia! 🙂