Pesto Chicken and Rice Bake


This is a comforting pesto chicken and rice casserole that requires just a few ingredients and is ready for dinner in less than an hour. For little ones, it's best to chop the tenders into bite-sized pieces.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 8-inch casserole


  • cooking spray

  • 1 ¾ cups water, divided

  • 1 (6.9 ounce) package chicken-flavored rice and vermicelli mix

  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto, divided

  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins, tendons removed, cut into smaller pieces if desired

  • ½ cup Alfredo sauce

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups water, rice, seasoning packets, and 2 tablespoons pesto together. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

  3. Toss chicken tenders with remaining 2 tablespoons pesto in a shallow dish. Place chicken on top of rice.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Mix remaining 1/4 cup water with Alfredo sauce. Remove the baking dish from the oven and pour Alfredo sauce over chicken, stirring to combine. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake until cheese melts, about 15 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
16g Fat
40g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1117mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 294mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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