One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Dinner Skillet Recipe

One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice is a cheesy, easy dinner loaded with simple ingredients like chicken, rice, and broccoli.

This One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice dish is perfect for a busy weeknight when things are hectic. Only one dish to clean for this satisfying dinner. One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice in a pan

This One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice was originally posted in 2014 but I wanted to share it again since we make it for our family at least once every two weeks!

I’m a little late to the one-pot, one-pan party. I don’t know why I’ve been resistant but with food trends, I’m either really early or really late to try them.

I think I was the last person in the world to eat quinoa.

And cookie butter…, just had my first taste ever yesterday.

I think I was purposely trying to avoid it because it’s one of those things that I knew I would find myself elbow deep in before realizing the whole jar was gone.

Move over Nutella, cookie butter is the hot ticket in town now (thanks Heather for buying me a jar).

Anywhoooo, back to one-pan dishes. I feel no reason to ever make anything in more than one pan now.

Which is why I made this One-Pan Mexican Rice Chicken yesterday. I loathe dishes. This is a trend I plan on hanging on to for a while.

One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice in a skillet

I wasn’t planning on sharing this dish, which is why there aren’t any step-by-step shots.

I made it purely out of necessity. I was trying to keep my house clean for 12 hours before I had to host Bunko and looked up one-pan dishes so that I could keep my kitchen clean and still feed my family.

After I made it, it looked so pretty so I snapped a couple of pictures just in case. I found this recipe over at No. 2 Pencil. She has a ton of one-pot recipes that you guys should check out.

One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice in a black skillet

Broccoli is one of the few vegetables my whole family loves so I knew it would be a hit and it was.

This is the kind of recipe that sits in your back pocket when it’s 5 pm and you don’t know what you’re making for dinner.

If you’re looking for more One-Pan Dinners, you’ll love these recipes:

One-Pan Mexican Chicken and Rice

One-Pan Chicken Tortilla Bake

One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice

One-Pot Sausage Broccoli Pasta


One-Pan Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Skillet - my go-to for an easy dinner.

One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice

  • Yield: 4 -6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (, diced finely)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (, cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (, minced)
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked extra long grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets (, cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese


  1. In a large skillet or pan, sauté onions in two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Once onions soften, increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the pan.
  3. Brown the chicken pieces and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 more minute.
  4. Push chicken to one side of the pan and add additional tablespoon of olive oil to other side.
  5. Add the uncooked rice in the olive oil and saute it for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the chicken broth to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pan with a lid.
  7. Cook chicken and rice mixture covered for about 12 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the broccoli evenly over the chicken and rice mixture and stir to combine.
  9. Continue to cook covered another 8 minutes on low, or until broccoli and rice are both tender.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in half a cup of cheese.
  11. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover with a lid, letting it sit for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.


You need a large skillet or pan with a higher edge for this dish to hold everything. I used a 12-inch skillet that had a slightly raised edge and it worked great.
Source: Number 2 Pencil

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One-Pan Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Skillet - my go-to for an easy dinner.

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