Italian rice with chicken

Italian rice with chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

This one-pan dish is simple, but really looks the business when you're trying to impress

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
620
protein
49g
carbs
62g
fat
22g
saturates
5g
fibre
6g
sugar
0g
salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breast fillets or 4 boneless thighs, cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 orange peppers, halved, deseeded and sliced thickly
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g long grain rice
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp ready-made pesto (you'll find long-life jars on the shelves with pasta sauces or more expensive fresh pots in the chiller cabinet)

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large, shallow ovenproof pan, add the chicken and cook for 3-4 mins until golden all over. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and peppers, and cook for 3 mins or until lightly golden. Tip in the garlic and fry for a min. Stir in the rice, then the tomatoes, stock and reserved chicken. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil before transferring to the oven to cook, uncovered, for 20 mins. Season to taste and drizzle over the pesto before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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niamhsands's picture
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Easy, quick and yummy!!

cat747's picture

I tried this out as I was short on time, both husband and son (11) loved this. Will definitely put on my list of quick and tasty recipes!

hildat's picture
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My 4yr old granddaughter loved this. Chopped the veg a little bit smaller and cooked it a little big longer. You should definitely give this a try.

rehanapmalik's picture
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A simple quick family meal, not one to impress, but certainly good for adults and young children. I made it because it sounded similar to an M&S kids meal I buy my 4 year old son, he's very fussy and always likes the M&S meal. This was perfect as it was very similar and he loved it. I used small cubed carrots and courgettes instead of peppers and added more garlic and used ordinary onion. It was so easy and very tasty. Highly recommend as a quick tasty and healthy family meal :-)

rehanapmalik's picture
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A simple quick family meal, not one to impress, but certainly good for adults and young children. I made it because it sounded similar to an M&S kids meal I buy my 4 year old son, he's very fussy and always likes the M&S meal. This was perfect as it was very similar and he loved it. I used small cubed carrots and courgettes instead of peppers. It was so easy and very tasty. Highly recommend as a quick tasty and healthy family meal :-)

rehanapmalik's picture
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A simple quick family meal, not one to impress, but certainly good for adults and young children. I made it because it sounded similar to an M&S kids meal I buy my 4 year old son, he's very fussy and always likes the M&S meal. This was perfect as it was very similar and he loved it. I used small cubed carrots and courgettes instead of peppers. It was so easy and very tasty. Highly recommend as a quick tasty and healthy family meal :-)

chocolatebuttons's picture
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Quick, easy and tasty. Great Friday or Saturday meal.

sheena270373's picture
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Forgot to rate it!!!

sheena270373's picture
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Really love this recipe, made it for the first time today and will definately make again and again. Added some chilli flakes for a bit of a kick and parmesan cheese grated on top at the end and it really tasted delicious. Hubby loved it!!!

zanetta1's picture
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ok recipie but a bit bland i added a bit more pesto to it which made it taste a bit better

keeleyl's picture
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We had this today and quite enjoyed it. Very nutritious and filling. I added mushrooms and a little chilli and black pepper, it ended up tasting a bit like a curry!

Mine needed an extra 5 minutes in the oven as the rice wasn't cooked after 20 minutes. I also used 400ml of stock as i was worried it would get stodgy.

I imagine we will have this once a month.

lozzfonz's picture
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Really quick and easy and incredibly tasty - perfect for a quick mid-week fix!

11sk11's picture
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this is yummy! made it with quorn pieces and kept it on the stove top like a risotto. will definitely be making again

jeff10101uk's picture
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Made this last night with chicken legs and worked a treat.

I personally cooked everything in a large frying pan and then transferred to a shallow Pyrex dish for 20 minutes. PERFECT!

You could also marinade the chicken in some of the pesto or put some underneath the skin to make it even more tasty!!

hotchefs's picture
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Tried this recipe for the first time tonight. Added mushrooms (as I needed to use them up) and only had red peppers, which were fine. Tasted the dish when I took it out of the oven and thought it was quite bland and missing something - then added 4 tablespoons of red sundried tomato pesto from a jar - YUMMY!! Will definately make this one again.

wills67's picture

Red or green pesto?

ljbooth's picture

Had this last night, very fussy husband loved it! So easy to make. I made a couple of changes and it was perfect for 2 adults...,

Half the olive oil, chicken, peppers and tinned tomatoes
Reduce rice to 80g
Reduce stock to 250ml
Reduce pesto (I used sundried tomato) to 2 heaped tsp
Add 1tsp chilli flakes, fresh ground black pepper and sea salt
Grated Parmesan on top to serve

Other than that I followed the recipe and it was splendid!

alisonlawson's picture
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Fabulous mid week easy meal. The whole family enjoyed it. (Even the fussy eater!) Is sure to become a family favourite. I added a little extra rice, because we love it and 100ml of extra stock. Can't wait to make it again.

alexamjones's picture
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Chorizo, parmesan, extra garlic and chilli flakes added.

bevrea's picture
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make this regularly sometimes with cooked chicken recipe has become more spanish with the addition of paprika and chorizo perfect one-pot family meal quick to prepare

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