Crispy bacon, a cheesy sauce, chunks of chicken – this Cheesy Chicken and Rice is the ultimate in comfort food!
Happy Monday and happy last week of September! Happy almost OctoberHalloweenThanksgivingandChristmas!! Can you tell I’m excited? I love this time of year, but I swear to you that I live in the wrong state. As much as I love Florida (only a little bit), I’m ready to see leaves changing color, cool breezes, and snow flurries. Whose with me? Are ya’ll ready for the next few months?
Let’s celebrate this last week of September with this Cheesy Chicken and Rice! This is made similar to a macaroni and cheese, but instead of pasta, we use rice. This is one of our favorite comfort foods to eat!
Cheesy Chicken and Rice
- 1/2 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2 cups dry rice cooked according to directions, and set aside
- 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or chopped
- 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoons hot sauce
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Melt butter in a medium to large pan over medium heat.
Once the butter has melted, whisk in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth.
Slowly whisk in the chicken broth.
Whisk until slightly thickened.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted.
Stir in the hot sauce.
Stir in the cooked rice and chicken.
Top with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese and then top with crumbled cooked bacon.
Place under oven’s broiler for 3-5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted.
Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.