Cheesy Vegetables, Chicken and Rice

Cheesey rice and veg quick easy delicious yummy

I’ve seen a cheesy broccoli, rice and chicken dish all over Pinterest. That’s where this recipe got its start. One day I wanted more vegetables and flavor, so here it is.

I’m posting my recipe first because I always hate scrolling through 10 of the same picture to find what I’m looking for. If you want to see the pictures, and read the how-tos, great. If not, just enjoy dinner.



Serves: 4 adults and 2 children who don’t actually eat

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

2 Chicken breasts (you can add up to a pound total)

1 Zucchini

1 Squash

1 Broccoli head

3/4 cups shredded cheese (colby jack or cheddar)

1 1/2 cups uncooked minute rice

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. minced garlic (or 1 clove garlic)


Slice vegetables and cut chicken into 1 inch cubes. Put 1 1/2 cups of water on to boil for the rice. Pour olive oil in separate large skillet or wok. Heat oil on medium, and place chicken and garlic in skillet. Brown chicken on all sides (does not need to be cooked through) about 5-7 minutes.

Your rice water is probably boiling so put the rice into the water. Cook according to directions on box. (Please read directions on instant rice, seriously, some say to turn eye off and cover, some say keep boiling.)

Back to the chicken; stir in chopped veggies and Italian seasoning. Cover and stir occasionally. About 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are cooked to your liking. (I like my squash a little transparent, and wimpy looking, but I don’t like my broccoli wimpy. You can see picture below if you’d like, no pressure.)

Turn skillet on low and stir in rice. Top with cheese and cover. Allow to cheese to melt before serving.


Cheesy Chicken Vegetables Rice easy dinner 30 minutes

One pan dishes don’t have the aesthetic appeal, but they have the flavor appeal.


This dish is plain enough for kids to eat and get their veggies in (if they actually eat it), and flavorful enough for adults to enjoy with quick prep.

I always get all my ingredients out before I cook. I’ve started making too many dishes and found out halfway through that I don’t have something vital to the recipe so then I’m texting a neighbor for the missing ingredient.

Ingredients easy dinner cheese chicken vegetables rice olive oil store brand

Store-brand ingredients for Cheesy Chicken Vegetables and Rice

As you can see, I like my store brands, and I’ve lost the lid for my olive oil. Typical.

I took 2 chicken breasts from a larger package of chicken, but you can use the entire one pound package if you want things really chicken-y.

If you will only be using one cutting board, please chop the vegetables before you cut the chicken. We don’t want any cross contamination.

Broccoli zucchini squash

Good looking chopped veggies

Really, how much story is there making dinner? Um, my kids weren’t hanging off my legs and the dogs weren’t nearby begging. Good story.

Below is what the vegetables looked like when they were finished cooking. The broccoli looks brighter than when raw,  and the zucchini and squash are almost see-through; a few pieces were but not all. The chicken is cooked through completely at this point.

Chicken and veggies in skillet wok

After adding the rice and melting the cheese on top you are left with a delicious looking dinner that everyone will enjoy.

Melted cheese on vegetables and rice

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