Cheesy Chicken and Rice – Oven Version

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See how easy it is to make the oven version of everyone’s favorite Cheesy Chicken and Rice!Cheesy Chicken and Rice - Oven Version

Rice is a staple in the homes of countless families around the world for good reason. It’s filling, can be adapted to countless dishes, and the options for adding flavor are limitless. With September being National Rice Month this seemed like a perfect time to offer up the oven version of the most popular recipe of all time on SouthernPlateSlow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice! This is one of the most loved recipes because even the pickiest of eaters sing the praises of supper when this is on the menu.

The recipe is pinned an average of 400,000 times per month and the video has been viewed over 24 million times on Facebook. It’s a simple recipe to make and my original version shows folks how to make it in the crock pot but today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make in the oven for those days when you either forgot to put it in the crock pot or just want a quick and delicious family pleasing supper.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice - Oven VersionTo make Cheesy Chicken and Rice you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Cooked cubed chicken*
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Melted butter
  • Cream Of Chicken Soup (homemade recipe here)
  • Can of Corn
  • Zatarain’s Yellow Rice Mix

Tips about the ingredients for Cheesy Chicken and Rice:

 Zatarain’s Yellow Rice has always been the secret to success with this recipe. It has all the flavor and seasonings in it that you need. It is widely available at Walmart, Target, from Amazon, and you can check at your local grocers.  However I have had subscribers tell me they used another type of rice, even cauliflower rice and it turned out just fine.

*For the chicken I like to make a double batch from time to time and freeze part of it. I also use Rotisserie chicken sometimes as well! Whichever type of chicken you want to use will be just fine.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice - Oven Version

  • To make this: Cook rice according to package directions. Place cooked rice and all other ingredients (except for cheese) in a medium mixing bowl and stir until well combined. 

Cheesy Chicken and Rice - Oven Version

  • Pour into a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish and place in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes. Remove, top with cheese, and return to oven until cheese is melted. 

Cheesy Chicken and Rice - Oven Version

This Cheesy Chicken and Rice is also one of those recipes that reheats like a dream so feel free to double it and make it in a 9×13 to have some for later as well.

An 8×8 generally serves a family of four to five if you serve it with a side of green beans but serving sizes and appetites vary widely by family.

I hope you get to make this soon! 

Cheesy Chicken and Rice - Oven Version

Cheesy Chicken and Rice, the oven version, is a simple recipe to make and is a quick and delicious family pleasing supper.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 794kcal
Author: Christy Jordan


  • 1 box Zatarain's yellow rice
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup homemade recipe here
  • 1/2 stick of butter melted
  • about 2 cups cooked chicken cubed or shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 can whole kernel corn drained


  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • In large bowl, stir together rice, chicken, cream soup, melted butter, and corn. Pour in casserole dish and bake, uncovered, for twenty minutes at 350.
  • Sprinkle cheese all over top and bake five minutes more, or until cheese is melted.


Calories: 794kcal
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To see the crock pot cheesy chicken and rice video click here

You may also like these recipes from Zatarain’s Website:

Creamy Parmesan Rice with Chicken 

This recipe is simple and delicious with very few ingredients! Click here to check it out

Check out the whole library of Zatarain’s recipes by clicking here.


Disclaimer: This post was graciously sponsored by Zatarain’s and I’m so excited to work with a brand I’ve relied on for years in my kitchen! Special thanks to them for their support of SouthernPlate! All opinions contained in this post are my own. 

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  1. Forgive me for this completely unrelated topic, but my son has requested Turtle Pie (Homemade–ACK!) for his 12th birthday. Inside my head I was thinking “That sounds way too complicated for me”, but I told him “I’ll see what I can do”. So I Googled “Turtle Pie”, and the first recipe that came up in my feed was the one you have for Frozen Turtle Pie. I followed the link and took a look, and now I feel completely confident (but you know, pride goeth before the fall, so we’ll have to see) that this might be a recipe that is simple enough even for me–Thanks ! Will let you know how it turns out–

  2. You’re killing me Smalls, you’re killing me. Just hand that entire baking dish over to me, and nobody gets hurt 🙂

  3. Hi Christy, I was wondering we do not have the rice here in Australia, how much rice would I need to use and what could I add to make the flavour the same as the box of rice please? I think this looks like a nice super easy dinner recipe. From Judi in Australia

  4. Hi Christy! Love your website and recipes! Do you think this recipe will freeze well? Will it go in the “freezes beautifully” section of your cookbook? (Steele Magnolias reference HAHA) I have some elderly friends I’d like to make this for and it would be perfect if it freezes well. Thank you!

  5. My family LOVES the crock pot version of this and I’m so excited to have an oven version! Thank you. Even my super picky toddler loves this!

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