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Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Homemade creamy cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe that is prepared as a one-pot dish. The chicken combined with rice and mushrooms with cheese has so much flavor and is packed with flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs, boneless skinless
  • 3 Tbsp olive or canola oil, divided
  • 12 oz mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups uncooked rice, rinsed
  • 32 oz chicken broth (4 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese*
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

chicken seasoning:


  • Combine the ingredients for the chicken seasoning, set aside.
  • Cut the chicken thighs into small cubes.
  • In a Dutch oven, heat 2 Tbsp oil. Once hot, add the chicken and saute until cooked. Season with the seasoning and stir to combine. Remove the chicken from the Dutch oven.
  • Meanwhile, peel and quarter the mushrooms and finely chop the onion.
  • Saute the mushrooms with 1 Tbsp oil. Once the mushrooms are browned, add the onions and cook until onions are tender. Remove mushrooms and onions from Dutch oven.
  • Add the butter and garlic into the pot. Cook until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add in the rice, water, bay leaves, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium and cook until the water evaporates and rice is fully cooked 15-17 minutes. Add back in the mushrooms, onions, and chicken and mix.
  • Turn the heat off and stir in the heavy whipping cream, cheese and herbs.
  • Top with additional herbs and enjoy immediately.
  • Enjoy!


* Cheese- you can use parmesan or your favorite blends of cheese (Four Cheese, Mexican or Colby Jack) will work.