Swiss and Chicken Marinara Rice Bake

Jan 17

I’m going to continue with my recent obsession with Picky Palate.  The recipe I adapted from her for Swiss and Chicken Marinara Rice Bake is plate-licking good!  I also had a new fav ingredient– flax seed– I received some from my last foodie penpal, and I wanted to see if I added some of these goodies if it would change the taste.  In this recipe, it didn’t at all and added some extra fiber to the meal.  Perfect.

Seriously, perfect dinner– can’t wait to make again!



I linked up here:


  • 1 cup dry, brown rice
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen green beans, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 26 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook rice according to package directions.

I cooked the chicken in the microwave about 10 minutes, 5 minutes on each side, and then shredded.

Heat oil in large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add rice, salt and pepper, stirring to combine.

Stir in vegetables, pasta sauce, Parmesan, and shredded chicken. Transfer to 9×13 baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray) spreading evenly. Top with Swiss cheese and bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot.

260 calories a serving.


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Comments: 10

  1. Flax seed is an interesting twist! This recipe sounds delicious :)
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  2. Deborah Jan 18 at 9:09 pm Reply

    I know this is one that my whole family would love! I would love for you to come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!
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    • Elizabeth Jan 22 at 1:44 pm Reply

      Thanks- just did!

  3. Sadie Jan 19 at 7:46 pm Reply

    This looks delicious!
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  4. a farmer in the dell Jan 20 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Looks delicious and easy!
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  5. Tanya Schroeder Jan 22 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Looks good! And I have all the ingredients handy! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!
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  6. This looks like a perfect cold-weather meal!
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  7. Monet Jan 25 at 12:56 am Reply

    What a wonderful meal. I adore rice casseroles, and I love the addition of swiss cheese. I haven’t thought of that before. Thank you so much for sharing with me!
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