One of the easiest, most delicious and nutritious meals you can make is chicken and rice.
The problem is, if you just “dial it in” then it won’t be all that delicious. You need to take the proper measures to make sure it tastes up to its potential and the best way is to follow the best chicken and rice recipe from Minute Rice.
It will be one you will repeat often and could well be one of your go-to meals.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this dish:
• Minute rice
• Chicken Broth
• Garlic powder
• Onion powder
The process involves searing chicken in a covered, non-stick skillet on medium-high heat, adding in chicken broth and water and stirring in rice, garlic powder and onion powder. At end, top with parsley. For a super-healthy side dish, add some broccoli.
We won’t give you the full recipe here – click that link for that – but we will say it only takes 15 minutes and when done according to the simple six-step instructions you will have a completely satisfying dinner.
And that’s not all you can do with Minute rice. Here are some more easy-to-make and fantastic dinners (or heck, you can even make ’em for lunch, too).
More Rice Dishes
There’s much more to enjoy with rice, too. Check out these fluffy favorites.
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
Chicken Pot Pie is a great comfort food and seemingly impossible to make at home.
Well, not really. If you have an Instant Pot, pressure cooker or slow cooker you can simply sauté some chicken breasts or boneless thighs and toss in some vegetables. Put that in the cooker, add some water and spices and then let the machine do all the work.
You can even cook Minute® Rice in an Instant Pot. Just be sure the other ingredients such as chicken or vegetables are cooked almost completely before adding in the rice.
Chicken and Rice Bake
This Creamy Chicken Casserole is ready in just 30 minutes. Take the same ingredients as above – adding in condensed soup – and bake in the oven.
Cheesy Chicken and Rice
For those who like “gooey” touches to their meals, mix cream cheese into your rice. Or, broil Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs on top of your oven-baked dish for a wonderful finish. Ymmmm!
You can even make a mug “mac” and cheese recipe in your microwave with just five ingredients: Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, milk, Cheddar, cream cheese and garlic. A Rotisserie chicken, readily available at your neighborhood grocery store, is a good call to add to this dish.
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Speaking of creamy, this one is in a casserole, a true American classic comfort food. Use the Minute Instant Rice along with rotisserie chicken and frozen broccoli. Add in your favorite cheese – and top with croutons if you like – and you’ve got a great meal you can serve for several delicious days.
Southern Chicken and Rice
Oh yeah. Southern Chicken and Rice is a Southerner’s comfort food (and no region of the country does comfort food like the South) This is a convenient one-pot meal using chicken, veggies, salt, butter and white rice.
There are plenty of different spice ingredients you can add depending on your region, for example something different spices for Tex-Mex or Cajun seasoning for a New Orleans classic.
Cajun Chicken and Rice
For another taste of Louisiana, here’s a Cajun-inspired meal with chicken and rice straight from New Orleans. Make a seasoning mix of paprika, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper and cayenne and create an Instant Pot Cajun Chicken and Rice dish. Then put on some Zydeco music and enjoy!
Chicken and Yellow Rice
Minute Rice has ready-to-serve-yellow-rice which you can top with all kinds of ingredients including cooked chicken, broccoli, and whatever else you would like to add to it.
Spanish & Mexican Chicken and Rice
These two rices are both yellow and may seem to be the same but they are actually different.
Spanish rice is a more yellow rice because of the saffron or turmeric used with milder flavors from vegetables. Mexican rice uses spicier flavors such as jalapeños, green chilies or cumin and may be made with a combination of tomato sauce and water or broth for a rich red color.
This is a great side dish for chicken and vegetables and keeps the, well, spice, in these rice dishes.
Curry Chicken And Rice
Now if you really like adding spice to your meals then make curry chicken and rice. Use just 1 tsp of curry powder with rice and mayo or plain Greek yogurt to add a creamy touch. This can be made in the microwave, believe it or not.
You can also make Creamy Thai Curry Soup by adding a bit more spice in a bowl, which can also be made in the microwave.
Lemon Chicken and Rice
Keeping with an international flavor (pun intended) lemon chicken and rice adds a Mediterranean touch to your meal. This can be as simple as coating your chicken breast with lemon juice before cooking and infusing your rice cooking water with dried herbs and broth such as thyme, oregano or basil. Serve with a side of roasted tomatoes and asparagus. Play some Greek or Italian music when you sit down for dinner.
Cuban Chicken and Rice
Known as arroz con pollo throughout Spain and many Latin American countries like Cuba or Puerto Rico, this is similar to Mexican rice. Except it uses uses a tomato and broth mixture to cook the rice along with cumin, annatto and turmeric to get the characteristic color. The chicken is cooked with the rice rather than on the side or on top.
Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice
For a taste of the islands – Puerto Rico, specifically– use of pigeon peas and a cooking base, or sofrito, with herbs, spices and vegetables.