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Chicken and Rice Queso Casserole in a white casserole dish

Chicken and Rice Queso Casserole

Jennie Duncan
Loaded with queso and full of flavor this Chicken and Rice Queso Casserole recipe is one of the best recipes. From start to finish it's done in less than an hour and is loved by the entire family
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 398 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 oz taco seasoning
  • 15 oz queso
  • ¾ cups half and half
  • 4.5 oz chopped green chiles
  • ¾ cup finely minced onion
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 3-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Dice chicken into bite-size pieces. In a skillet heat oil then add in diced chicken. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through then season with taco seasoning.
  • Cook rice according to package directions. Once cooked add to a large mixing bowl and mix rice with queso, half and half, green chiles, and minced onion.
  • Place rice mixture into your prepared casserole then top with cooked chicken and shredded cheese.
  • Place in the oven to bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is warm throughout.
  • Remove from oven to serve. Optional serve garnished with fresh diced cilantro.


  • To save time you can use pre-cooked chicken like a shredded rotisserie.
  • I use instant rice to save time when preparing but you can use any rice that you have on hand just prepare it to the package directions. 

Make-Ahead Directions:

To make this the day before following the directions through step four. Cover with foil and then place in the fridge for up to 48 hours then bake according to directions or until your casserole is warm throughout. 


Calories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 24gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1395mgPotassium: 403mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 887IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 320mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken and Rice Queso Casserole
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