Italian rice with chicken

Italian rice with chicken

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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

    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 fillets or 4 boneless thighs, cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 orange peppers, halved, deseeded and sliced thickly
    Peppers

    Pepper

    pep-iz

    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

    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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Twinklebum99
15th Apr, 2008
5.05
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 :)
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pugwash
31st Jan, 2008
3.05
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
15th Jan, 2008
5.05
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
20th Nov, 2007
3.05
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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