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One Pot Souper Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Rice. Like broccoli cheddar soup meets risotto, but easier, and quicker to make. This is made entirely in one pot and in under 35 minutes with very minimal prep. Grab some chicken, rice, broken spaghetti pasta, spices, fresh thyme, and fresh broccoli. Cook everything together on the stove, then mix in everyone’s favorite, cheddar cheese. Simple, but SO GOOD, and a dinner we can all love.

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Alrighty, I just returned to Colorado from over a week away. First to New York for work. Then to Miami to celebrate Easter with my family in the warmth and sunshine. It was such a nice trip that ended far too quickly for me.

My family has actually been traveling around as well. Going from Florida to the Caribbean, then back to Florida.

The point here is that we’ve both been doing a lot of traveling. And as you might guess, both of our fridges and pantries are looking a little empty.

We’ve eaten out quite a bit while traveling. So I knew when we all got home last night that dinner needed to be fast.

Thankfully I have a freezer full of already prepared meals, so I just grabbed dinner from there. We had last week’s honey balsamic chicken, then added some rice.

But this recipe is one that would work perfectly on a night like last night, or really any busy weeknight. I always have these ingredients on hand!

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This is so great because it’s all cooked on the stove and in one pot. Simple!

Cook the chicken with an onion. Then add a mix of spices: fresh thyme, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne. Now add the butter, rice, and broken spaghetti pieces. The broken spaghetti (or you can easily use orzo), is kind of the secret here, so I don’t recommend skipping it.

It’s just so good!!

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Mix in the broth and broccoli, let the rice cook, then add a bit of milk to make everything creamy.

At this point, I take the pan off the heat and mix in the cheese until very creamy. Top with any fresh herb and serve!

Do you see how simple? We just love this recipe, and it’s a great dinner to keep on rotation. It’s wholesome and comforting, plus a family favorite!

Souper Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Rice |

Looking for other easy dinners? Here are some favorites:

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Noodle Casserole

Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sheet Pan Chicken Gyros with Feta Tzatziki

Creamy White Bean Lemon Pesto Orzo Soup

25 Minute Banh Mi Rice Bowls

Lastly, if you make this Souper Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Rice, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!


My favorite chicken and rice dinner. Comforting and so yummy!!

♬ Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

One Pot Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 620 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1. In a large pot, set over medium heat, combine the olive oil, chicken, and onion. Cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the butter, thyme, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne. Mix in the rice and pasta, cook until golden and toasted, 2-3 minutes.
    2. Add the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook, covered for 20-25 minutes, until the rice is mostly cooked.
    3. Once the rice is cooked, stir in the milk. Add the cheese, then remove from the heat. Stir until creamy. Serve warm with additional thyme and black pepper.
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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! Great for meal prep for the week and when you reheat it is almost better than freshly made. I top mine with a little hot sauce and it is amazing!

  2. I am excited to try this it is on the list for this week. Has anyone tried with a non dairy milk like cashew instead of whole? Will it work the same?

  3. 5 stars
    What a flavorful, delicious meal! I easily halved the recipe for two and it turned out great. We have some leftovers for lunch, too.

      1. This is the second recipe I make from this site involving rice and orzo. Each time the liquid to rice ratio is very off. I end up having to add more broth or milk so the rice and orzo can cook properly.

  4. 4 stars
    This was delicious and the basic recipe is fantastic as is. Warm, comforting, easy and fast. Here are tweaks I made based on preference and wanting to use up ingredients I had – added more chicken, more garlic powder, more chicken broth and more cheese.

  5. This is soooo good!!! I have it on constant rotation in my house. Every few weeks I buy lots of skinless, boneless chicken breasts that I cook in my slow cooker and then portion out in freezer bags. Using the pre cooked chicken makes prep even faster on busy days. It’s so creamy and cheesy!

  6. The rice took much longer and more water to cook. About 10 minutes more and 1 cup more of water. The overall taste was pretty bland. The kids thought it was good. I thought it needed much more flavor.

  7. Tastes so yummy!! I added extra chicken broth at the end because it seemed to thick. I also threw in chopped red bell pepper to add a little more color. Such a comfort food and very easy and quick.

        1. Hey Eliza,
          I like to use Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT