Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe

This Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe is a quick and easy dinner recipe that’s filled with cheesy rice, broccoli and tender chicken pieces.

My whole family LOVED this super easy Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe! Everyone wanted seconds! pinterestI’m coming at you with another fantastic, super easy, weeknight dinner that’s made in just one skillet! I love one skillet dinners so much. Especially when they’re ready in less than 30 minutes and a complete meal.

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe

  • Start by browning some boneless skinless chicken thighs and onion in a skillet.
  • Toss in some rice, broccoli, seasonings and chicken broth then bring to a boil.
  • Stir in some sour cream and cheese, then top with a little more cheese and let melt!

Start this super easy chicken skillet recipe by browning some chicken and onions. Then toss in some uncooked rice, broccoli and seasonings.

Can I use Chicken Breast instead of Chicken Thighs?

  • You can substitute cut up chicken breast in place of chicken thighs.
  • To make this dish even quicker, you can sauté the onion then toss in shredded rotisserie chicken and go to the next step.
  • This recipe would also be great with pork or ground beef. The options are endless, which make this a fantastic go-to meal!

Once the rice is cooked through, stir in some sour cream and cheese until nice and creamy.

Here is one of my biggest tips for making a skillet meal with rice- MAKE SURE YOU BRING THE MIXTURE TO A BOIL!

I’ve had a few complaints that the rice doesn’t cook as fast as I am stating. Here is why – if you skip the step of bringing the skillet to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer and covering, it’s going to take longer. The rice needs that extra heat in order to cook efficiently.

Can I use Minute Rice instead of Long Grain Rice?

  • My short answer to this question is NO, but in reality it can be done with a few minor tweaks.
  • Minute Rice requires a ratio of 1:1 (rice:liquid), while long grain requires a ratio of 1:2 (rice:liquid).
  • In order to make this recipe work with minute rice, you’ll want to either reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe, or increase the amount of rice. I suggest increasing the rice to 2 cups for this recipe.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the creamy rice mixture and place the lid back on until the cheese is melted.

Once you’ve stirred in some sour cream and cheese to the cooked rice mixture just top it off with a little more cheese and pop the lid back on.

OMG! This is seriously one of the best and easiest one skillet chicken dinners out there! So quick and so delicious!

There is nothing better than the flavors of broccoli and cheese (check out this Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken recipe too)!

The creamy rice and tender chicken pieces really make this easy chicken skillet dinner a comforting weeknight meal.

My whole family LOVED this super easy Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe! Everyone wanted seconds!

I can’t wait for you to give this recipe a try! Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how much you loved it!


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My whole family LOVED this super easy Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe! Everyone wanted seconds!
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Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe

This super easy Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet Recipe is filled with tender and creamy rice and is a weeknight winner!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 371 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, shredded


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and add to skillet along with the onion. Cook until chicken pieces are lightly browned and cooked through, and onion is tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, uncooked rice, broccoli, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Stir in the chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 17 minutes, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in the sour cream and 1/2 cup of the cheese until mixture is creamy. Top with the remaining cheese and place lid back on top. Let cheese melt over low heat, about 2 minutes. Enjoy!
*Feel free to substitute the boneless skinless chicken thighs for boneless skinless chicken breasts.


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 488IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 195mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: broccoli, Cheese, Chicken, Skillet
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OMG! This is seriously one of the best and easiest one skillet chicken dinners out there! So quick and so delicious!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
26 Responses
  1. Amanda

    I have leftover rice that i want to use – assume i just cook everything a little longer then add in the rice at the end with the sour cream and cheese?

    1. Shawn

      You’ll want to omit the majority of the chicken broth as that’s what’s used to cook the rice. I’d still add a splash or a bit more for extra moisture with the rice.

  2. Melanie Brandt

    I lived this skillet casserole… I so love your recipes I’ve made several and everyone loves them ….. I tell my daughters always look at your recipes…. thank you ♥️♥️♥️

  3. Antonia

    I love rice but unfortunately my husband can’t eat it so I’d like to swap out the rice for egg noodles. Can you provide the noodle to liquid ratio? This recipe looks delicious and would love to make it with noodles so that he can have it. Thanks!

  4. Jen

    Our family made this tonight and it was delicious! It was an easy dish to prepare. Next time I will add a chicken bouillon cube since we prefer a more concentrated flavor.

  5. Debbie Tyrrell

    Just made this last night and I followed your recipe to the tee and everything was delicious! The rice was perfectly done in the amount of time that was given in the recipe.
    I will be making this again!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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