A simple recipe for baked brown rice on FoodNetwork.com produces a basic rice dish to go with a meal and requires only four ingredients. A baked cheesy chicken and rice recipe on RachaelRayMag.com is substantial enough to enjoy as a main course and calls for only eight ingredients.
To prepare baked brown rice, put 1 1/2 cups of medium- or short-grain brown rice in an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Boil 2 1/2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and transfer the hot liquid into the baking dish. Stir the mixture, and tuck a piece of aluminum foil over the dish. Bake the rice at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Discard the aluminum foil, and separate the grains gently with a fork to give the rice a fluffy texture.
To make the cheesy chicken and rice casserole, combine 3/4 cup of long-grain white rice, 10.75 ounces of canned condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 1/3 cups of water and 2 ounces of mixed vegetables in a 2-quart baking dish. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Arrange 4 boneless chicken breast halves on top of the rice mixture. Cover the dish, and bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes or until all the ingredients cook thoroughly. Scatter 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese on top, and wait 10 minutes before stirring the rice and serving the dish.