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Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Casserole

This post has been sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice CasseroleOne of my favorite types of dinners are easy, one dish meals. Dinner time can be hectic, and it seems like there’s always a lot going on around dinner time. So, skillet meals, casseroles, and any other type of one pot or one dish meals are go-to’s in my house.

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice CasseroleIt makes dinner (and life) so much easier when the meal can be cooked entirely in one dish. This Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Casserole is an incredibly simple and tasty chicken and rice casserole with an added kick of Mediterranean flavor. Mediterranean Chicken and Rice CasseroleThis casserole starts with UNCLE BEN’S® Flavored Grains Long Grain & Wild Original Recipe. Since it’s rice and seasoning in one, it makes a great meal starter! Then, the casserole gets even more flavor with the addition of spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, even more seasoning, and lean boneless, skinless chicken breast. Mediterranean Chicken and Rice CasseroleAnd because you don’t have to cook the chicken or rice ahead of time, this dish is that much easier to make! You simply layer everything in the baking dish, cover, and pop it in the oven. Since the dish takes so little hands-on time, it gives you that much more time back in your evening. Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Casserole

Bonus! Between 2/12/17 and 2/28/17, buy 2Uncle Ben®’s Flavored Grains Long Grain products, get $1 off at Fry’s Food Stores, or any of the other Kroger family of stores.

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Casserole
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Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 -6 ounce box UNCLE BEN'S® Flavored Grains Long Grain & Wild Original Recipe
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast , in 1-inch chunks
  • 14 ounce can chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • Salt and pepper , to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 

  2. Lightly grease a baking dish (I used a 2.2 quart). 

  3. Add rice and seasoning packet to baking dish.

  4. Top rice with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. 

  5. Add chicken on top of spinach.

  6. In a bowl, whisk together chicken broth, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, and salt and pepper. 

  7. Pour broth mixture around chicken.

  8. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for about 45-50 minutes. 

  9. Uncover, and continue to bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until rice has absorbed the desired amount of liquid. 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    February 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Can you make this in the instant pot???

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Maybe? I just got an instant pot for Christmas, and I really have used it enough to tell you how to change this recipe for the instant pot. Sorry that I can’t be of more help on this!

  • Reply
    Jenny
    February 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Do you happen to know calories per serving?

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 20, 2017 at 10:07 am

      I don’t, but I use this site to find nutrition information on recipes.

  • Reply
    david polston
    February 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    silly question maybe….you do cook the rice ahead of time, right?

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 15, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Not a silly question! No, you don’t cook the rice ahead of time. The rice cooks while the chicken cooks.

  • Reply
    Ranae
    February 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Yum! This sounds right up our alley! I’ll be trying it soon.

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy it! =)

  • Reply
    Mary
    February 6, 2017 at 8:38 am

    This looks wonderful. Any suggestions for a substitute for the sun-dried tomatoes? Pinned. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thank you! You could substitute fresh plum or diced canned tomatoes. If you don’t like tomatoes, you could add crushed cloves of garlic for extra flavor.

      • Reply
        Mary
        February 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm

        Thanks for the suggestions.

        • Reply
          Kate
          February 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

          You are very welcome!

    • Reply
      kim
      February 7, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Greek olives? And a sprinkle of Feta on top!

      • Reply
        Kate
        February 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

        Great suggestion! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Becky
    February 6, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Could this be made in the crockpot?

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

      I think so! You would probably need to adjust the amount of liquid in the recipe, but I think it could be done.

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