December 13, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

You guys may have seen me Instagram about this one a few weeks ago, and I am back now to share the recipe! And oh gosh, you guys. This is a good one. It’s quickly becoming one of our favorites! This colorful dish is jam-PACKED with flavor. It’s reminiscent of super cheesy broccoli soup with added chicken, bacon, and spicy tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with that combo!! :)  It makes a ton and it’s super filling, which makes it perfect for a hungry family. It’s delicious enough for picky eaters and easy enough for a weeknight meal.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

This hearty one-dish skillet dinner will warm you right up on a cold winter’s night. Make this one ASAP!

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bacon — I chose to go with Turkey bacon this time. Give it a try if you’re looking to cut back on fat and calories, it’s not that bad! :) Or feel free to use the real stuff. :) You can also simplify this recipe even more by using pre-cooked bacon (real or Turkey); I’ve done it both ways depending on what I have on hand.
  • Chicken Broth
  • Broccoli Florets
  • Rice
  • Extra Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese — Make sure to keep an eye out for extra sharp cheddar so the cheesy flavor will really shine through in this dish.
  • Diced Onions — I used the frozen, diced onions in a bag found in the freezer section of the grocery store.
  • Garlic
  • Chicken — This is a great recipe to use up boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but feel free to use a leftover cooked, chopped chicken or a rotisserie chicken as well.
  • Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Get started by dicing the bacon. I like to use two slices per person, but feel free to make this extra special by using three or four if you wish. :)

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Add the bacon to a very large skillet or dutch oven and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook the bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Meanwhile, dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season generously with salt and pepper.

I FORGOT TO DO THIS.

Don’t let this happen to you. It needs flavors.

NOTE: Now would be a good time to start the rice. I always prepare my rice on the stovetop like this: 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt. Add all to a saucepan, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 14 minutes. Makes four servings. Lighty, fluffy, delicious rice, works perfect every single time!

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

When the bacon is crisp, use a slotted spoon to remove to a plate.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Since I used turkey bacon, I didn’t have enough grease left in the pan to cook the chicken, so I added a little butter and olive oil, just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Add the chicken in a single layer and cook on one side for two and a half minutes.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Flip the chicken to the other side (as best you can) and cook for another two and half minutes.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Five minute chicken! Done! Add the chicken to the plate with the bacon.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

This time I had enough butter and olive oil left in the pan, so go ahead and add the diced onions…

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

And top with the broccoli. If you have picky eaters you may want to give the broccoli a rough chop before adding it just to make the pieces smaller and blend in easier. I speak from experience.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Cook, stirring occasionally until broccoli is tender and onions are brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Add in minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Then add in the tomatoes…

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

And by now your rice should be done, so add it along with the chicken, bacon, and any juices that may have accumulated on the plate. Stir all to combine, then reduce heat to low to keep warm.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Now for our creamy, cheesy sauce. Add butter to the bottom of a small saucepan over medium heat, I used the same one I cooked my rice in.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

When the butter is just melted…

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Add an equal amount of flour…

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

And whisk (or stir with a fork) until just combined.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Pour in the chicken broth (I just thought about this, but you could also use milk here, if you’re not the type of person to keep chicken broth on hand. Me, I buy it by the case.) and turn the heat to high and cook until it starts to thicken and bubble.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Now remove the sauce from the heat and add in the shredded cheese and plenty of salt and pepper to taste. I like to use 1/2 teaspoon each.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Stir until the cheese is melted, then pour that cheesy deliciousness all over the skillet. Stir to combine.

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Easy. Gorgeous. Lovely. Delicious.

And cheesy, spicy, and creamy.

This hearty, flavorful dinner is sure to please! Hope you enjoy! :)

Easy Cheesy Spicy Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice with Rotel. Easy One-Dish Skillet Dinner.

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice


8 slices bacon, diced
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup diced onion
12 oz (about 4 cups) broccoli florets, roughly chopped into small, bite-sized pieces
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (10-oz) cans Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each

1. Add the diced bacon to a very large skillet or dutch oven and turn heat to medium high. Cook the bacon until crisp, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season generously on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is crisp, use a slotted spoon to remove to a plate. If needed to grease the bottom of the pan, add butter and olive oil to the skillet. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook for five minutes, flipping once halfway through. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon.

2. Add the rice, water, and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 14 minutes. When done, remove from heat.

3. Meanwhile, add the onion and broccoli to the skillet where you cooked the bacon and chicken. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until broccoli is tender and onions are brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly until just fragrant, about 30 seconds. Top with tomatoes, rice, chicken and bacon and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.

4. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in the flour until just combined. Add in the chicken broth and stir well. Increase heat to high and cook until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and add in cheese and salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted, then pour in the skillet with the chicken and rice. Stir to combine and serve.

Makes 5 servings. Click here for Nutritional Information.



Make for: Dinner / Main Dish
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103 Comments



 
 

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Blog is the New Black December 13, 2012 at 6:38 am

My husband has been asking for chicken and broccoli lately, but I think this might suffice! ;)

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Sue C. December 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

This looks so yummy Amanda! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing it.

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Chelsi December 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hey Amanda- I was just wondering what kind of pot and pans you have. I am looking to purchase some new ones, and I don’t want to spend a whole lot, but I thought I would ask what kind you have since they are stainless steel, which I want, and you probably have tested more than I have!

Thanks for your suggestions!!

Chelsi

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Amanda December 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hi Chelsi! The skillet I’m using in this post is an Anolon Nouvelle Copper 12-inch skillet.

The stainless steel saucepan was a hand-me-down from my mom, but it says Command Performance Gold Cuisine Cookware on the bottom.

I also have a this Calphalon Unison Nonstick Cookware Set and I LOVE it.

Hope this helps!

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Courtney December 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

This looks so good….must make it soon! And I LOVE your bokeh pictures this time of year….gorgeous!

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Amanda December 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thank you! :) I think I’m going to leave them up all year. It’s my favorite time of year to take pictures! ;)

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Amanda December 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

I would really like to make this but we don’t have Rotel tomatoes up here and I can’t find any equivalent to tomatoes with green chiles. If I was going to add a can of regular tomatoes how much chopped green chiles do you think I would have to add separately?

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Amanda December 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Around here diced green chiles come in little 4 oz cans. If it were me, I’d probably use the whole thing! :) I don’t find them to be that spicy. :) Hope this helps!

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Colette July 24, 2014 at 11:57 am

Chop up some tomatoes, some chilies maybe some salt and pepper, put them in a sauce pan with a little water. It will probably taste better than Rotel using fresh ingredients.

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Deneen December 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thank you for the recipe.

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Heather @ Heather's Dish December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

Oooooh, I’m lovin’ all the adjectives ;) I adore all of these simple and yummy meals!

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Toni Legates December 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Amanda I LOVE THIS recipe and I’ll tell you something else! I love the fact that you provided the nutritional breakdown to the recipe because I’m watching what I eat and I need that kind input when I’m planning a dinner party or for my everyday meal planning! Thank you so much for doing that and I hope you continue doing that in future!!!

Sincerely,
Toni L.

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Amanda December 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thanks Toni! Most of my Dinner Recipes (especially the newer ones!) have the nutritional information down at the bottom. Be sure to check them out! :)

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Kristen December 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Holy cow – this is one delicious looking pot of goodness! Whoa!

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Maria December 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Great meal for any night of the week!

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Kristin S December 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

YUM!!! Bacon AND Rotel?!?!? All good. Can’t wait to try this.

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’m totally making this! All of your meals look so scrumptious!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

i’m loving this Amanda! My kids would totally dig this too

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Karly December 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Ooh, I love cheesy, spicy meals like this! Looks perfect!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

What a delicious meal! Definitely going to have to add it to the weeknight rotation!

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marla December 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Hey Amanda – this looks WONDERFUL. Did you drain the rotel tomatoes? Thank you!

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Amanda December 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

Nope, I didn’t, just poured ‘em right in! :)

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Brian @ A Thought For Food December 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Cheese bacon and chicken all in one dish? This looks like the ultimate comfort food!

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Allison [@AllisonnTweets] December 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

OMG. This looks amazing and so easy to make. Yum!

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tijuana (po' man meals) December 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

a yummy dish even my kids would eat. perfect for a weeknight. absolutely making this!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

You can’t go wrong when there’s cheese and broccoli involved!

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Jeanette December 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

Now that is comfort food Amanda! Love all the step by step photos – so fun!

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Jolynn December 14, 2012 at 7:24 am

This recipe looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to try it out! But my only concern is that 1 cup of rice seems like it is only able to give 2 servings because I live in Asia and for 4 servings of rice we usually cook 2-2.5 cups. Can I know how many grams of rice and ml of water you are using? Or is this recipe suppose to be more meat/veggy and less rice? Thanks and also for sharing the recipe btw! (:

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marla December 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

I love all the flavors in this rice!! Especially that bacon ;)

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Carolyn December 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

Whoa, now that is a rice dish my kids would adore!

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

Oh my goodness Amanda! I’m on complete sensory overload: chicken, bacon, rice, cheese, broccoli??? YES!

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Cathy @ Noble Pig December 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

This is the yummiest little comfort dish and will go over well at my house!

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Catherine Ehlinger December 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Made this for dinner tonight,! It was just as good as I imagined. Perfect for a chilly evening. Thanks for sharing.

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Jessica December 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

This was a hit a dinner last night! Thank you for sharing this easy breezy recipe.

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Amy December 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Delicious! We both loved it – it was so filling and we had lots of leftovers for lunches!

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shelly (cookies and cups) December 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

I love one dish meals…and this one has everything! Perfect!

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Elizabeth December 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Amanda, Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made it tonight for my family and they loved it!

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Tiffany December 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Thank you for this recipe. I used leftover chicken as well as left over brown rice, and I used fresh broccoli. It is a great recipe for brown rice because the flavors are so strong (and delicious). I thought I could really taste the broccoli (maybe because it was cooked in the pan and not steamed/boiled?). I did find it to be a bit spicy for me, but it didn’t stop the two of us from devouring this huge dish in about 24 hours.

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Kim December 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I made this last night and it was fantastic. I usually don’t like anything spicy, but used mild rotel and it worked out okay. Defintely can’t wait to make this again. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Found you via pinterest.

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Macaroni and Cheesecake December 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

This sounds phenomenal!! Looks like a great all in one dinner! and I love that you used turkey bacon too!

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Kristine Boydstun December 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Oh, my gosh! This was FABULOUS!!!! I can’t believe how much it made, and how good it was. I am a single teacher and love to make ahead meals because I just don’t have the energy to cook every night. This freezes well, tastes great, and made my staff jealous when I reheated some for my lunch today! Thank you for such a great recipe.

I did make two changes: I used real bacon, and I didn’t have Rotel, so used a can of diced tomatoes and one small can of mild green chilies. Otherwise, I made this according to the recipe. I agree about the sharp cheddar cheese. It makes the flavor stand out!

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Belinda December 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Wanted to let you know that this recipe is so good and it sure is pure comfort food. I can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Thank you!!

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Krystal December 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Yumm looks so good!! I found you through Pinterest! Your pictures are gorgeous. I had a question…where did you get your plates? I’ve been looking for that same style and the only ones I found don’t have very good reviews :) thanks for posting!

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HeyBeckyJ December 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I made this for dinner tonight! My goodness, this is a ton of food, probably two full dinners for two adults and a toddler, plus more for lunch leftovers. I used one can of mild Rotel and one can original (I haven’t cooked with Rotel before). The whole family loves spicy food, but found this to be a bit too spicy. We added some sour cream as a garnish to help tone down the spice. Still, delicious, filling, and relatively quick.

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theultimatefoodaddict January 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

wow! your presentation is superb and easy to follow. thanks for sharing. keep up the good work! will try this too :)

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Gretta January 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I love the way you do the step by step instructions so easy to follow thanks you so much loving it

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Jenny January 10, 2013 at 11:28 pm

This looks so good, a comfort food recipe that I am adding to my book! I would love for you to link up this recipe to my linky party, my readers will LOVE this recipe!! http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2013/01/fantastic-thursday-27.html

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Molly January 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm

This is such a delicious recipe my boyfriend asks for it once a week. We’re making it yet again and I thought I’d let you know how amazing this is!

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Katie January 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Hi Amanda!
This recipe is a huge hit with my family, so I shared it on my blog today! It’s getting people hungry and sounds like a handful will be giving it a try! Thanks for sharing! http://www.thethingsthatbringmejoy.wordpress.com
Katie

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Carolanne January 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Wow, I LOVE THIS RECIPE, it is delicious and I thank you for sharing it!

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Tammy January 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

I’m SO HAPPY that I found this, and I love the “pin it,” at the top, too! I’ll be adding this to the list of what we need to make for dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

I’m also excited that you included turkey bacon in it, because I don’t eat pork, so my husband always has to put up with my turkey bacon eating self, haha. :)

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Susan G January 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thank you very much for this recipe! I made it tonight and my husband loved it, especially the bacon!

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Nakita $ January 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This was amazing! Had everything except only half the needed amount of broccoli so I added fresh mushrooms. It was really good! Thanks for the recipe!

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Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) February 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I added this to my March menu that will be posted in a free printable format with a hyperlink to you on 2/28/13. Thank you so much for helping me plan my menu!

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Terry March 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

WoW! I made this tonight! Substituted vegan margarine for the butter and soy shredded cheese for the cheddar cheese and it turned out awesome!!!!

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Bonnye April 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I just made this and it is soooo delicious. My tummy is happy, thank you for sharing!

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Ashley April 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Made this tonight & my picky hubby really liked it! Made your spicy sausage pasta dish last night & we loved that too! :)

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Byron April 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

Loved your recipe. I spiced it up a bit by adding a pinch of chipotle. I also found feta was a nice substitute for cheddar.

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Jane May 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

This looks like something that my husband would love! We’ll definitely be trying it. Thanks! :)

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Sandi May 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

If you have been “thinking” about making this, stop thinking so hard. I looked at the picture for several weeks and finally I could not resist it any longer. It just looked too good! I used regular bacon in mine. I also used cut up chicken breasts and browned them but next time I’ll use a pre-cooked chicken to save some time. Delicious! One of the best recipes I have tried. Thanks Amanda for this and the many other recipes you post.

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Tiffany May 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

This is delicious! I made it with some leftover rotisserie chicken meat and it was SO easy and quick to make. Next time I think I’ll only use one can of Rotel and add one can of regular diced tomatoes, as it was a touch too spicy for the kids. I will definitely add this to our regular rotation!

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LizB1979 June 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

I must say right off the bat, I love your recipes! I have tried just about all of the meals & a number of the sweets (yummy!!!). So thank you for sharing!

Last night I made this recipe for my husband & brother-in-law. I knew two cans of rotel would be too much for one of them, so I used 1 1/2 cans. Otherwise everything else was exactly as directed. OMG! Soooo full of flavor and the cheesy factor along with the heat and the BACON!!! Next time I think I will only add one can of the Rotel, just because it is a touch too much heat for this house. But, with a nice salad and some parker house rolls this made for a wonderful meal!

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Lana August 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hi Amanda, Do you think this recipe could be made and then frozen? I like to make 2 of everything, and freeze one for future use when I’m in no mood to cook.

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Sarah August 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I made this twice and it’s an absolute hit in our household. We had leftovers and it still tastes delish when reheated. I only used one can of diced tomatoes which suited our taste buds and used fresh chilies instead as we didn’t have the ro-tel brand here in our supermarket. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Traudel Tipton September 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Hi,
I am soooo glad I found your side. This will be the third recipe I will try. I made two today, the cinnamon buns and the spicy sausage dish, my son told me to make it again, please please, after I tried it 2 days ago for the first time. The cinnamon buns are sooooooo good, leftover? are you kidding me?
And thank you for making it so easy to print out the recipes.
So with a full stomach and a happy smile on my face
Thank you
Toni

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colleen September 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

This was fanstatic!!! My two year old loved! I love all of your recipes without cooking pasta first. What a time saver. Thanks!

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Julie September 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

What reheating instructions do you use when you freeze this?

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LaLonne September 17, 2013 at 1:28 am

I made this tonight, and it was realllyyy yummy for being so simple! This is my first time visiting this blog, and I’m so glad I had everything to try this recipe at home. :) Thank you for posting this recipe to share!

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Imelda October 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

Confused about the amount of broccoli…12oz is 1.5cups but you have 4cups. Is it 4cups (32oz) or 1.5cups (12oz)? Thanks so much!

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kati October 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Made this tonight, but used Cucous instead of rice, it was wonderful! This will be in rotation in our home.

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Erin October 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

This was SO GOOD! I’m so glad it doesn’t require any “cream of whatever” soup. REALLY REALLY GOOD!

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Patricia Miller November 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

I made this over the weekend and loved it! I’ll definitely be making it again. I would say the only thing I might change next time is the bacon. I’m a huge fan of bacon but, for me, I thought it just overpowered the other ingredients. I wanted to be able to taste the broccoli and the cheese but I felt like most of what I was tasting was bacon. But, like I said, I’ll definitely be making this one again. Thanks for sharing!

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Renee Wheaton November 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Made this for dinner tonight- I used one can mild and one can regular Rotel- which was wise because it had just enough Zip to it! I also added mushrooms—-Delish— Great Meal- makes a lot!!!!

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Mathilde November 17, 2013 at 6:46 am

I made that recipe last week and it was a huge success !
Thank you for sharing ! :)

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Holly November 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

You’re recipes have become my go-to when making dinner, everything is amazing! My husband is quite picky and he has liked every recipe I’ve made from your site so thank you!!

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Wanda December 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

This looks delicious and has all of my boys favorites in it. Can’t wait to make it. AND can I just say you taught me a life changing lesson—-frozen onions! Hallelujah!!!!!! My husband is the onion chopper in our family and he is working out of state currently.

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latin morocha December 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

It looks so yummy :) Pin it

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Erin February 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

This recipe is BEYOND delicious and the best part is it halves really easily (the regular recipe makes way too much for the two of us, even with leftovers!). I will certainly be adding it to the regular rotation and also trying out your other recipes :)

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Kara February 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

I’ve been making this for a while now, but just started freezing for later and I think it is even MORE delicious that way! Perhaps because all the flavors have time to mingle? Either way, I buy the round aluminum tins from the dollar store and a double recipe of this fills three of those. Each meal is more than enough for my boyfriend & myself.

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Yvonny James February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Omg Amanda. My husband and I just made this tonight and let me tell you, it’s the bomb.com!!! It has that perfect amount of spicey-ness to it. We love it!!

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Laura February 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

This meal was delicious!!! It’s going to have to go on a permanent rotation at our house…I couldn’t get enough of it :)
That said, I’m not a big fan of spice, so I think next time I’ll sub regular diced tomatoes or fire-roasted instead. Also, I think I’ll cut the chicken in half…to much meat for my tastes :)

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June DeMott February 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Mine had a good flavor but turned out like a gumbo…..very soupy. Was I supposed to drain the tomatoes?

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Ash February 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This recipe was seriously amazing. I made it for dinner lastnight and there were no leftovers between the two of us. I only added half of the can of rotel just because I don’t like a lot of spice. Still plenty spicy. Next time I’d add more broccoli. Over all just an AMAZING recipe!

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Bobbi February 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

This was so yummy! I changed ot a litle bit. I only used 1 can of Rotel, and I used brown rice instead. I also poured it into a greased casserole dish and topped it with cheese and baked it for about 30 mins at 350 F.

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LaShawnda March 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I made this for dinner last night. It was so delicious. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

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Tara March 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

I’ve tried this and my husband and I absolutely loved it! I am thinking about starting to cook with quinoa and was wondering if you have tried that in this recipe or think it would be a good substitute? If so, is it a 1:1 substitution and any cooking time changes? Thanks so much!

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Jessica March 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

How spicy is it. Like a mild or a hot. Thanks

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Amanda March 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Mild, if you use mild Ro-Tel. If you want to cut out the spice completely, use regular diced tomatoes in place of the Ro-Tel. Hope this helps!

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Jamie March 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Have you tried it without the cheese? It looks fantastic, but trying to cut out fat and refuse to give up the bacon!

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Amanda March 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

Hi Jamie! Yes, I’m sure it’d be fine if you left out the cheese sauce — the butter, flour, broth, and cheese. Hope this helps! :)

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Christine April 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I just made this and used a bit of taco seasoning instead of salt n pepper. So good! Thanks for the awesome easy recipe!

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Penny April 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I didn’t think anything could come close to your Shrimp and Grits recipe but this is a very close second! My husband loves spicy foods and he was thrilled. I usually shy away from them but I loved this because of all the flavors involved. It was like a party in my mouth! Thanks for sharing.

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Ali kelley April 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I made this last night and myself and my husband loved it! This is one of our new favorite dinners. It also makes a perfect leftover that I will actual eat which I tried today out of laziness for lunch! It was not something I could make on the nights that my husband works though. I have three children under 5 and also used rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and it was quite a process, BUT will definitely make this when husband is at home at night because dear god it tasted wonderful!

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Lynne May 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

I made this last night – I didn’t find it easy at all, multiple steps, several dirty dishes, etc. It was liked very much by my husband, but everyone else was “eh”. I was disappointed because I thought with all that flavor of the bacon and the cheese and the spicy tomatoes that it would be like a rich mac and cheese, but with rice instead of macaroni. Instead, nothing really stands out – I couldn’t take the bacon or the cheese, mostly just the rice, tomatoes, and some broccoli. It does make a lot, and I think it might be better today after the flavors have had more time to develop. If I made it again, I think I would skip the Veloute sauce and just microwave some Velveeta in place of it.

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Laura May 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I found this recipe on pintrest at least a year ago and we’ve made it numerous times since. Needless to say we all love it;). We’ve gone gluten free since then though and I just wanted to share that all I do is sprinkle the cheese over the skillet and cover it till it melts instead of the sauce. The sauce is fabulous, don’t get me wrong, but if for any reason you can’t eat it or don’t want to make it- the cheese will melt into the skillet with the liquid from the rotel just fine:)

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Paula May 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Absolutely delicious! I have to make it without the cheese sauce due to a dairy allergy, but it is still awesome! Thanks for a great recipe!

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Jessica June 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Made this tonight and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper!

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Amanda June 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Made this tonight and it was amazing! Even my toddler ate a whole bowl :)

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Andrea June 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Made for dinner tonight and it’s great! Thanks for posting the nutrition info! My daughter’s a type 1 diabetic and having the carb info is a huge help :)

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Kitty Schuller July 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Made this for dinner tonight and it is so yummy!!! Will definitely make this again!!!

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K Elizabeth July 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious!! I normally hate broccoli in large pieces (it has to be all but indistinguishable for me normally), but I actually thought I could have put more in and it still would have been amazing! Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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elizabeth July 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

Is it possible to use frozen broccoli in this recipe? I wasn’t sure if I quick steamed it halfway before adding it if it would be ok!

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barb July 31, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Made this and used orzo instead………………..quite tasty

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