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Roast chicken and rice gratin with apples

An easy weeknight casserole
Recipe provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada ©
Chicken, rice and green beans on a green plate
4 servings / 1 hr – 1 hr 10 min

Prep 15 min / Cook 45-55 min

You don’t need a weekend or a special occasion for a lovely roast chicken dinner. This meal is easy to assemble and then you let the oven do the work. Serve with veggies.

  • 1 cup (250 mL) long-grain parboiled brown rice
  • 4 cups (1 L) water
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tart cooking apples, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried sage or thyme
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, each about 4 oz (125 g)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 3/4 oz (80 g) lower fat Monterey Jack or swiss cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup/175 mL) or 2 oz (60 g) regular Canadian Monterey Jack or swiss cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup/125 mL)
  1. In a saucepan, combine rice and water; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover with lid slightly ajar, reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is almost tender. Spoon off 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cooking liquid and reserve; drain off any remaining liquid.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Lightly oil a 13 x 9-inch (2.5L) glass baking dish. Add rice, reserved cooking liquid, celery, apples, onion, sage and pepper to baking dish and stir to combine.
  4. Place chicken breasts on top and lightly brush with oil. Cover dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of chicken registers 170°F (77°C) and chicken is no longer pink inside. Sprinkle cheese evenly over casserole and broil for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutritional info per serving (1 of 4)
  • Calories: 447
  • Protein: 37 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
    Saturated Fat: 4 g
    Cholesterol: 94 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 51 g
    Fibre: 5 g
    Sugars: 11 g
    Added Sugars: 0 g
  • Sodium: 285 mg
  • Potassium: 760 mg