Italian rice with chicken

Italian rice with chicken

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(94 ratings)

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

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    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)

adrianb66's picture

Loved the taste, but some of the rice wasn't cooked. Either more stock and more time when I do it next, or parboil the rice before mixing. Definitely do again, though.

millie09's picture

This is one of our favourite recipies cook it most weeks and it is just as tasty each time, quick and easy to cook.

claudmc's picture

Very simple to make and my boys loved it but I thought it was lacking something - think I'll add some smoked bacon to it next time and I like someones idea of oven roasting the peppers 1st. Think that would make a world of difference.

lambonr's picture

At first I thought this tasted quite bland but it actually started to taste better whilst I was eating it. When I make this next time I will leave it to stand for 10mins before eating to let the flavours develop.

georgelikescake's picture

very nice, forgot to cut the chicken into strips so cooked whole breasts but worked just fine anyway. I added 150g rice but would add 200g next time as I do tend to eat big portions!

sally123's picture

An easy recipe although to speed things along I would par boil the rice first next time and can be done all on the hob (large wok) rather than the oven. Tastes good and is filling.

brooky2998's picture

Really simple and easy dish to make.All 3 of my kids loved it as well.Roasted the peppers in the oven first though(this makes them really sweet) as my son says he doesn`t like them, and he didn`t even know they were there!Will definately be making again.

mariadawson's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

deegriffiths's picture

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

anne55's picture

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

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

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

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?


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