Italian rice with chicken

Italian rice with chicken

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


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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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    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



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

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



  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 (102)

jeff10101uk's picture

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

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

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

Chorizo, parmesan, extra garlic and chilli flakes added.

bevrea's picture

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

julietulip's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe. Made with quorn for me and chicken for hubs. I used up leftover cooked chicken and he said it absorbed the flavour well. I added a few chilli flakes, and used arborio rice instead of long grain. It needed a little extra stock ... but very tasty. Yum yum. Easy and will make again.

georgiemuk's picture

Great dish, very simple to make. I add a few chilli flakes to give it a little kick.

thecherub's picture

We loved this. The flavours were excellent, was easy to do and in just one pan - whats not to love! I did cheat and cooked it all on the hob rather than the oven and it worked just fine. Only thing I woud change is to make the peper slices smaller next time, might even follow Bev's advice and roast them first, that sounds appealing.

kellymayo's picture

to give it a bit of extra flavor add some mushrooms it was very tasty with them added xx

dj_dirrtydyke69's picture

Me and my wife just had this for tea tonight, we both absolutely enjoyed it and will be making it again x x x

turkishjelly's picture

i really love this meal, and everyone comments on how tasty it is! I add some smoked bacon and leave out the pesto. it really makes the dish flavourful and simple!

catogrady85's picture

easy and simple but one of those meals that wins you over the more you eat. initially tasting it felt like something was missing, will keep trying!

kristi123's picture

Made this tonight, was very nice. I added some sweetcorn and pinch of chilli flakes. Will make again but maybe use mushrooms next time and a little bit more chilli x

inchgall's picture

Loved this dish and again another fantastic recipe from Good Food!!! Lovely flavours, colour and texture. Will be making again

michwest10's picture

Oh, and I didn't add the pesto.

michwest10's picture

Made this tonight with risotto rice instead of long grain, and stirred in about 30g grated parmesan as soon as it came out of the oven- delicious!! Better than the original version.

marguerite_caunt's picture

This is a lovely dish. When I was making it I was a bit doubtful that it would be as good as it looked, but it really was! Simple and delicious.

xsilverx's picture

This was lovely - will be making again!!!


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