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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Skillet

My big skillets have been getting a workout these last few weeks.

My heavy-duty cast iron skillet just stays on the stovetop now since I use it so much. My big, deep Magnalite skillet (with a lid!) is also a well-used pan in my rotation.

One reason I’ve been using the heck out of my big skillets lately is that I’ve been making more skillet meals. I adore skillet meals. They’re simple, easy to make and easy to clean up.

I spotted this recipe on TikTok last week from BritsCookin. I thought my husband would like it for his lunches this week so I cleaned off my big Magnalite skillet and got to work.

I’m honestly surprised any of this actually made it to his lunchbox—I could’ve eaten the whole thing! It’s a solid meal with exceptional flavor. It’s a 10/10 for me.

If you want to cut back on the sodium content, replace the broth with water. I did half-and-half so it wasn’t so salty and it turned out perfect.


Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple skillet meal made with cheesy rice and seasoned chicken.


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded thin
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 boxes Creamy Four Cheese Rice-A-Roni
  • 4 TBS. butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2.5 cups water
  • Directions

    1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper on all sides.
    2. Brown chicken in oil for 3-4 minutes per side, until lightly browned. remove chicken to a plate.
    3. Saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in butter and rice from Rice-a-Roni boxes and toast for another 1-2 minutes.
    4. Slowly add water and broth to skillet. Let mixture come to a boil. Add chicken back to skillet, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Simmer, covered, for 15-17 minutes or until rice is tender.
    5. Stir in seasoning packets to skillet and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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