Italian rice with chicken

Italian rice with chicken

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(120 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

    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



    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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26th Aug, 2012
This is a really daft question but does the rice go in dry and the chicken stock cook it or do you boil the rice before mixing it in? Can't wait to try this! x
21st Aug, 2012
This is a very tasty dish. Make sure you stir it regularly to stop the rice from catching.
1st Aug, 2012
Why can nobody but nobody on this annoying comments section spell the word 'DEFINITELY'..that's 'DEFINITELY' ..It's not Definantly or Defantly or Defanantly!!! you understand???..once more: 'DEFINITELY'...thank you..
23rd Jan, 2014
you are DEFINITELY a sad act. Enjoy the food and keep you pet hates to yourself.
21st Jul, 2012
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!
19th Jul, 2012
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!!
11th Jul, 2012
Just made this recipe it is delish will defo be making it again but will treble quantity next time :))
4th Jul, 2012
Really easy recipe to make, great comfort food, and really tasty!
22nd May, 2012
Mmmmm..... Quick, easy & yummy!!
14th May, 2012
Easy, quick and yummy!!


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