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Cheesy Chicken and Rice with Bacon Bake

This is simply a chicken and rice meal, but the cheese makes it something special, and the bacon takes it to a whole new level. Seriously, don’t skimp on the bacon. 
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Dinner, Food, Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 C. flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 C. cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 C. white rice
  • 1 C. shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  • Place the rice in a rice cooker and cook until done.
  • Boil the chicken and shred.
  • Lay the bacon strips on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Flip each strip and bake for another 5 minutes, or until bacon becomes crispy. Remove and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside.
  • Prepare the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in the flour until the sauce becomes smooth. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cayenne. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in the 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese until well combined.
  • Spray a glass baking dish with nonstick spray. Add the shredded chicken and rice to the baking dish. Pour the cheese sauce and mix to combine. Add the mozzarella cheese and crumble the bacon to top it off.
  • Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.