Italian rice with chicken

Italian rice with chicken

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(92 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 2
This one-pan dish is simple, but really looks the business when you're trying to impress

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal620
  • fat22g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein49g
  • salt1.5g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breast fillet or 4 boneless thighs, cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 orange peppers, halved, deseeded and sliced thickly

    Pepper

    pepp-ah

    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • 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)

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.

    The…

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.

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Comments (101)

stevo's picture

you are DEFINITELY a sad act. Enjoy the food and keep you pet hates to yourself.

pamelarrr's picture
5

It was quick and easy to make and tasted absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to make this meal again but i might try adding some mushrooms aswell!

shiv874's picture
5

Amazing! made this last night for my boyfriend and I and we both had seconds! I added extra things i had in my fridge to use it up; mushrooms etc. Also, par boiled the rice and used extra pesto! yum yum!!

juliesingo's picture
5

Just made this recipe it is delish will defo be making it again but will treble quantity next time :))

auraobie's picture
4

Really easy recipe to make, great comfort food, and really tasty!

claregirl70's picture
4

Mmmmm.....
Quick, easy & yummy!!

niamhsands's picture
5

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
4

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
4

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
4

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
4

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
5

Quick, easy and tasty. Great Friday or Saturday meal.

sheena270373's picture
4

Forgot to rate it!!!

sheena270373's picture
4

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
4

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
4

Really quick and easy and incredibly tasty - perfect for a quick mid-week fix!

11sk11's picture
5

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
5

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!!

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