Luke Bryan Foodie Interview and His Favorite Casserole: Chicken, Rice, and Tomato Bake

Luke Bryan Foodie Interview and His Favorite Casserole: Chicken, Rice, and Tomato Bake

This casserole has southwest flavors with black beans, yellow rice, chicken, Tex-Mex Petite Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, and Monterey Jack cheese. So easy and tasty, your family is sure to put it on repeat! What I discovered in making this dish is that not only is it very tasty, but it is so easy and can be made ahead!  I now understand why it is one of Luke’s favorites!


Chicken, Rice, and Tomato Bake


1 – 10 oz package yellow rice mix
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups cooked cubed chicken***
1 – 15 oz can of black beans, drained
1 – 10 oz can diced Red Gold Tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, saute’ onion, green pepper and carrot in hot oil in medium skillet over medium heat 10 minutes. Combine hot cooked rice, onion mixture, chicken, beans, diced tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups cheese in large bowl.

Spoon into lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

**substituting jalapeno for the green pepper and adding a little hot sauce can push it up a notch


Interview: Luke Bryan on Barbecue, Popcorn, and Whiskey

 By Gina Pace, Editor Yahoo Style   August 11, 2015

Where are some of your favorite places to get southern classics? Who do you think serves the best barbecue in Georgia?
When I am at home my go to is Christy’s in Columbia, Tenn. Blackbeard’s in Albany is my favorite barbecue in Georgia.

We have to ask … what’s your favorite whiskey to make your babu feel frisky? Angel’s Envy

Do you cook? What are your favorite dishes to make? 
I enjoy cooking when I can. My favorite thing to make is homemade chicken and rice soup. My dad has a special barbecue sauce that we are addicted to so I always whip that up if we are making our own barbecue at the farm.

What are some of the cities you’re hitting on the tour, and restaurants and dishes you’re looking forward to?  
I never get tired of good sushi. Nobu is one of my favorites when we are in New York, Los Angeles, or Vegas. For the other end of the spectrum I love hitting up Dreamland barbecue when we are in Alabama and Rudy’s in Texas.“

Is there anything that you start craving on the road? A good cup of coffee, which I have down to a science now.

What’s your guilty pleasure food?  Popcorn

We hear about funny tour riders  … anything you must have while you’re performing? Just a good ol’ bag of yellow Lays pre-show.

What’s your typical food day while eating on the road? I honestly don’t eat a bunch on the road. Usually a bowl of soup or lately I have been addicted to making a good old-fashion BLT.

Anything you need to make sure you eat to keep feeling good?  I just try to eat as healthy as I can out there and stay away from after-show food.

Any ingredient you absolutely can’t stand?  Clove garlic … stay away!

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