Cheesy Chicken Rice and Broccoli Skillet

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Cheesy Chicken Rice and Broccoli Skillet is a meal in one that your family will surely enjoy. This skillet meal is the perfect thing to make when you need something quick, filling and delicious!

This Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli is a delicious dinner all made in just one skillet.

Skillet meals are one of my favorite things to make for so many reasons. They’re quick, delicious, comforting and most of the time use only one pan. They’re my go-to meal often and have been a lifesaver on many occasions.

Do any of you love skillet meals as much as I do?

This Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli is a delicious dinner all made in just one skillet.

This Cheesy Chicken, Rice & Broccoli Skillet Meal has become one of my favorite skillet meals. I could honestly eat the entire pan myself. I knew that all my kids weren’t going to love this because I have two very picky eaters who happen to dislike broccoli very much. Dislike might be putting it mildly, it’s more like detest. I tell them all the time they’re missing out because broccoli is so good and good for them. For some reason, they never seem to buy it, but it doesn’t stop me from trying to change their minds.

They did eat this (after picking out the broccoli of course) and really liked it, so if you have any broccoli haters in your household, just tell them to pick it out and eat up (lol). 😀

Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli Skillet is one of those meals that is comforting, so simple to make, and is the perfect thing when you’re running short on time. It’s fast, easy, filling, and delicious. Serve this with a green salad or some fruit and you’ve got a fantastic meal.


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This Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli is a delicious dinner all made in just one skillet.
5 from 6 votes

Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli Skillet

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white long grain rice
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth plus extra, if needed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter


  • In a large oven-safe skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is golden on the outside, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in rice, heavy cream, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, cover and cook until rice is tender (about 30 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  • When rice is tender, add broccoli, and 1½ cups of the cheddar cheese. Mix until combined and continue simmering until broccoli is tender and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper if needed and add more chicken broth if needed. (You want this mixture to be moist and more on the “wet” side.)
  • Heat broiler.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter, set aside. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup grated cheese over chicken & broccoli followed by the bread crumb mixture. Broil until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe by: 5 Boys



This Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli is a delicious dinner all made in just one skillet.

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7 thoughts on “Cheesy Chicken Rice and Broccoli Skillet

  1. 5 stars
    Is it okay to use frozen broccoli instead of fresh? Really think I’m going to try this and would appreciate knowing what you think? Thanks so much… 😉

    1. Tess, I think it would work just fine with frozen. I would heat it first before adding it to the skillet. Using it frozen will just add water to the recipe. So heat it slightly first then add it. 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        Thanks for getting back with me; I appreciate it very much!! Will be giving it a try for sure and let you know just how much we enjoyed it! Thanks for your wonderful website and recipes! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe and so easy. I made it with frozen broccoli and it turned out great. A new family favorite. Thank you!

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