Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake

An all-in-one chicken bake with tropical and bright flavors, yet the comfort of a baked dinner meal. 

Aloha Chicken and Rice Bake with pineapple, rice, chicken and turkey bacon/

How to Make Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake

Most classic chicken and rice recipes start off by cooking the rice on the stove and then finishing in the oven.  In an effort to simplify dinner, this recipe just calls for everything to be put into the pan all at once.  This makes for a super flavorful baked rice because it soaks up the sweetness of the pineapple juice while is is baking.  Plus it is one less dish you have to wash!  We love this Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake because it has the comfort of a baked chicken and rice dish, with the fresh flavors of bell pepper, pineapple and green onion.

Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake in small white bowls

What is a Casserole?

Casserole is basically a less appealing word for a ‘bake’.  It is technically a large dish cooked in the oven and served straight from the pan.  But a casserole should be every mom’s dream recipe!  It feeds a lot of little mouths, it typically has veggies in it, and it is just one pan to worry about.  There are a lot of versions of chicken and rice casserole, but we think our fresher version of chicken and rice is one of the best.   A lot of people think of a casserole with cream soup, mushy veggies, and kind of bland looking.  This Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake has fresh red bell pepper, green onion, sweet and juicy pineapple, chicken, rice and savory bacon.  There is definitely nothing bland about it!

Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake in a baking dish with serving spoon

Can you Bake Rice in the Oven?

Yes!  If I were going to make just rice by itself, I think there are probably easier methods (rice cooker or Instant Pot).  But for chicken and rice, the oven is a great method of cooking!  Rice is something that you usually don’t get a second chance at if you mess it up the first time.  A lot of time, cooking rice on the stove can produce different results, and baking rice in the oven resolves most of the problems!  The great thing about baking rice, is that you can add flavor while it bakes and it makes the rice really delicious.

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Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake in 3 small white bowls

Turkey Bacon Vs. Pork Bacon

The most common question asked about this: Is turkey bacon or pork bacon better for you?  The short answer is that pork bacon has about 25 calories, .5 grams of fat and 30 mg of sodium more per serving than turkey bacon.  However, turkey bacon has less than half the protein of pork bacon.   Turkey bacon is made from ground up turkey and that is flavored to taste like bacon.  Ground up dark meat is layered with ground up light meat.  Because  there are different types of meat involved, it allows the processors to add in as little or as much fat as they like.  In pork bacon, the amount of fat is dictated by how fat the pig belly was.

Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake Aerial View in 3 small white bowls

Easy One-Pan Dinner Recipes

If you like super quick and easy dinner ideas that involve just one pan, we have some great recipes for you:

Easy Weeknight Veggie Gnocchi 

Sheet Pan Chicken with Spring Veggies

All-In-One InstantPot Chicken and Brown Rice

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One Pot Mexican Quinoa

Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake Closeup in a Small white Bowl Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake

Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake

Easy Tropical Chicken and Rice Bake
Serves: 9
Prep Time: 20 m
Cook Time: 35 m

Ingredients

  • 2 clove – garlic
  • 1/4 cup – brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup – soy sauce, gluten free
  • 1 1/2 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 1/2 cup – Brown rice, Instant
  • 1 medium – onion
  • 2 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 15 ounce – pineapple tidbits
  • 1 pound – chicken breast
  • 4 slice – turkey bacon
  • 1 stalk – green onion

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mince garlic and add to a mixing bowl with brown sugar, soy sauce, chicken broth and rice.
  3. Dice onion and bell peppers; add to the mixing bowl. Drain the pineapple, reserving juice. Measure out 1 cup of juice, and add to the bowl along with the pineapple.
  4. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and add to mixing bowl. Stir to combine; pour into prepared baking dish.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cook bacon as directed on package and crumble. Slice green onion.
  7. After baking for 20 minutes, remove foil; stir, sprinkle with cooked bacon and sliced green onions.  Bake an additional 15-20 minutes. Rice should be tender and the chicken cooked through.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 219 11%
  • Fat: 4 g 6%
  • Carb: 30 g 10%
  • Fiber: 1 g 4%
  • Protein: 14 g 28%
  • Sugar: 14 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(21)
Erin says:

I would love to make this, but there is no recipe???

Heather says:

I think you forgot to add the link to the recipe

Natalie Monson says:

It is there now! Sorry about that!

Jill haan says:

Yes! Can’t find the recipe either! Please post!

Natalie Monson says:

It is there now! Sorry about that!

Trudi says:

Where’s the recipe?

Natalie Monson says:

It is there now! Sorry about that!

Jan Eging says:

Why can’t I find the recipe for the Easy Tropical Chicken Rice casserole.?

There is no where that indicates the recipe and how to put it together. It looks delicious and I would love to try it. PLEASE HELP.

Natalie Monson says:

It is there now! Sorry about that!

Kendra says:

This looks delicious! But I’m not seeing the recipe here. :-/

Natalie Monson says:

It should be there now!

JoMarie Soden says:

Silly question…this recipe uses regular cooking brown rice, not instant, right? I’m guessing using instant would turn the rice mush since it’s in the oven, but not sure! Thanks!

Natalie Monson says:

We actually have tested this recipe now multiple times because so many people were having problems with the rice. We determined that Instant Brown Rice or Regular White Rice is best

Jennifer Lundy says:

Can this be prepped. then cooked later?

Natalie Monson says:

Definitely! The cooking time might be a bit longer since it will take a little longer to heat up.

Jennifer says:

Definetly wouldn’t recommend this. It was a fail. There is way too much liquid, the rice didn’t cook. Had to cook it way longer than the recipe said, chicken is now over cooked, rice is uncooked and the vegetables are soggy from the excess liquid…

Chad says:

Something needs to change. I prepared and cooked exactly as described, but the rice was still hard. I feel like it has potential, but I’m wondering if maybe it should have been minute rice???

Natalie Monson says:

Yes – our team actually tested this 7 different times and we rewrote the recipe. It is now made with Instant Brown rice. Thanks for the feedback and we are so sorry it didn’t turn out.

Carly says:

Also struggling with this recipe. The rice is no where near cooked and everything else over cooked. A major bummer!

Susan says:

I also had problems with the rice. i’m thinking that next time I will cook rice separately and then put chicken mixture over the already cooked rice.

Susan says:

My kids loved this when the rice wasn’t cooked all the way so I thought I would give it another try with the instant brown rice. Worked perfectly! My kids love this meal.

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