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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mariadawson's picture
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This is a great dish - one of my favourites. Really quick and easy to make and tastes lovely. I sometimes make it without the chicken and serve as a side dish or with a nice salad.

christine_booth's picture

I doubled this recipe to serve 2 adults and 3 rather large children and still had plenty left over! It was fabulous, and the only change I made was to chop the peppers and onions a bit smaller than wedges, so they weren't too big and off putting for the kids. They all loved it, and it was so easy to clear up after! Definately one to repeat!

ghislaineb's picture
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My boys and me just love this! Sometimes I add some other ingredients, anything goes, really!
Easy, tasty, quick and hardly any washing up, what more could you want.
I have a 15-month-old son and a 3-year-old son and they both loove it as well. Their dad and I just add more red pesto for ourselves and we all have seconds!

annie01332's picture
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This is a favourite of ours - I use a little extra chicken stock (400ml) so the finished dish is a little more juicy. Delicious :o)

k_harrison81's picture
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I absolutely love this meal. It is a quick and easy meal that gets thumbs up all around the table. I don't use the pesto but it still tastes fantastic. You'll want to have this meal again and again.

liz313's picture

Hi Pugwash, it is 4 tablespoons of pesto from a jar, hope this helps you!

irmgard2's picture
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Tasty and easy to put together for a weeknight meal. I used yellow peppers since that is what I had on hand. The recipe says 2 servings but it actually make enough for 4 so I have leftovers for a second meal.

bourkeje's picture
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Perfect for a busy student as it's cheap, easy, and requires hardly any equipment, yet is nutritious and very tasty.

deegriffiths's picture
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was really nice. used green and red pepper as i didn't have any yellow.

anne55's picture
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I agree it really is so quick and easy to make. So tasty with minimum effort. Definitely my type of cooking and a dish I've cooked a lot.

gallopinggoose's picture
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One of my favourite recipes and the family love it too. Am just cooking it now and can't wait for dinnertime to arrive!!

lurvlyloz's picture
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i love this reciepe. it is one i use a lot. although i dont use pesto as i don't like and it works fine :)

pugwash's picture
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HELP. It says 4 ready-made pesto. 4 what? I'm not a good enough cook to work that out for myself. How much pesto do I need?

gromit1's picture
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If you are looking for a quick cheap easy tasty meal this is it!!!! I was a bit worried about it being stodgy and tasteless but I rinsed the rice first added teaspoon of chilli flakes - it was gorgeous!! Good for a mid week meal but also to feed a large group. Definately one of those receipes i will use again and again. Thanks

moosepup79's picture
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I make this quite regularly. Minimal effort and little washing up, which is always a pleasing combination! Have extra pesto on hand at the table.

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