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One Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice (with Spinach)

Healthy comfort food is here! Make this kid-friendly one-pot chicken and rice dinner for a deliciously creamy and balanced meal full of whole grains, protein, and veggies.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, gluten-free, one pot meal, rice
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 556kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice raw
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach tightly packed
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs


  • Cube the chicken breasts. In a deep sided skillet, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil and set it over medium-high heat. Cook the cubed chicken, turning occasionally, until starting to turn golden on all sides.
  • Add the diced onion and saute 5 more minutes over medium-high.
  • Add the minced garlic and saute 30 seconds.
  • Add the brown rice, chicken broth, and dried herbs. Stir once, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is done, or nearly so.
  • Roughly chop the baby spinach, and stir into the cooked chicken and rice mixture until just wilted.
  • Stir in cheddar and sour cream, then use the back of your spoon to spread the mixture flat.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of the dish and broil 4-7 minutes until toasty brown on top. Serve hot.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 930mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g