Apple Juice & Dijon Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet

This is Apple Juice & Dijon Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet is crazy craving good!

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet image with a bite full on a fork.

In the past I have usually been pretty good at keeping quick releasing sugar tabs on me at all times in case I get low blood sugar (due to diabetes), but after the Pass Out Park“scare, I stocked up on more sugar tabs, squeezable sugar pops (Patrick was so sweet, he ordered a bizzillion of these online without me knowing it), and apple juice, lots and lots of Costco size apple juice.

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet with a black skillet.

I’ve simmered rice and chicken in salsa, enchilada sauce, lemon juice, etc., and I’ve seen chicken (never rice) braised in apple cider – so as I was looking at my all my apple juice, I thought, why not chicken and rice in apple juice?

I am so excited to share that braising chicken and then simmering with rice in apple juice, chicken broth, Dijon, garlic, oregano, and thyme is SO RIGHT!  It turned out to be one of my favorite flavor combinations ever!

Close up photo of Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet.

It is simply delicious!  And what’s even better its both simple and delicious!

The chicken is rubbed with Dijon, salt and pepper and then seared until golden.  The rice simmers with onions and garlic in apple juice, chicken broth and Dijon mustard, so it soaks up every last sweet and tangy tantalizing taste.  The rice simmers in a little more liquid than usual, so it becomes a little creamy, almost risotto style (my fav!).  The chicken and broccoli are added to the simmering rice half way through, so they also soak up the Dijon, apple flavors and you don’t need to dirty an other pan!

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet image side view in the pan.

Finally, cheddar cheese is melted atop the skillet so each and every bite is tangy, slightly sweet, creamy, and cheesy.

If you want to make this an oober healthy meal, you can even leave off the cheese – it is that good.  But let’s be honest, cheese makes everything better!

Oh yes, that bite is for you because chances are you might have everything to make this in you house right now! – or at worst, need to buy 1 or two ingredients for this simply delicious, 30 minute, 1 pot skillet meal.

I can pretty much guarantee this is going to be a family favorite and one of your favorites meals to make, and that you are going to be stocking up on Costco size apple juice so you can make this at any time because this simply delicious Apple Juice and Dijon Braised Cheddar Chicken Broccoli and Rice Skillet is crazy craving good!

Apple Juice & Dijon Braised Cheddar Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Skillet

Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 ½ lbs.)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper pepper

Skillet

  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Coat chicken with Dijon/salt/pepper mixture and add to sizzling skillet. Sear chicken until golden, approximately 3-5 minutes per side (its okay if some of the Dijon comes off), remove to a plate. (Chicken will finish cooking with rice)
  • Heat an additional 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes, scraping up any seasonings that may have come off the chicken. Add garlic and rice and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken both, apple juice, 2 tablespoon Dijon, apple cider vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes, stir the rice then add the chicken, nestling it into the rice. Add the broccoli on top. Recover the pot and cook on low for 10-15 minutes longer, or until rice and chicken are done and broccoli is crisp-tender, taking care skillet isn’t cooking too hot or else it will burn on the bottom. Once rice and chicken are done, sprinkle with cheese. Recover until cheese melts. Serve!

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52 Comments

  1. Mike says

    I am not much of a cook but decided I should give this a try. It was awesome! Glad to have a go-to recipe that’s not mac and cheese.

    • Jen says

      LOL! Thanks Mike! I am happy FOR YOU to have another recipe thats not mac and cheese 🙂 You should check out my Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta – it might help you step up your pasta game 🙂

  2. Jenny Smith says

    Made this for dinner…it was awesome!

    • Jen says

      I am so happy you made it and liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time for letting me know – you are the first one on this recipe so I am especially happy to hear it!!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Julie! So happy you enjoyed it!

  3. kazy says

    I made this. It came out soooo gooood. I’ll tell you, Jen, you have a gift for seasoning the ordinary and making it come alive. So comforting, so tasty. So special. Just like your Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken, this recipe woke up my taste buds. I did change it up a bit but nothing that interfered or altered the ingredients in any way. Instead of breasts, I used thighs and instead of frying, I baked them and then cut them into big chunks, nestling them into the rice made it easier and it stretched it out over more nights for leftovers. But other than that, I changed nothing. Thanks so much for all your amazing delightful and appetizing flavors. And to know that there is so much more on your arsenal left to try, is so exciting.

    • Jen says

      What an awesome comment Kazy, thank you so much! I am thrilled you loved this dish so much -its an oldie but goodie so its fun to see it get some love 🙂 I love hearing you are enjoying my recipes and the seasonings I use – all you need is the right seasoning to make food taste amazing! I hope you enjoy trying many more of my recipes! A few of my favs include my Thai Red Chicken Curry, Cheesy Taco Pasta Bake, Asian Burgers, General Tso’s Chicken, Philly Cheesesteaks….:)

      • kazy says

        Gonna try every single one of ’em. Going right now to bookmark them Thanks so much for all you do.

        • Jen says

          You are so welcome! Have a great weekend!

  4. Bee says

    Do you think you could do this one in the InstantPot? It sounds delicious! Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Jen says

      Hi Bee, unfortunately I am not experienced with the InstaPot, sorry! Good luck!

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