Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet with everyday ingredients you probably have on hand!! A HEALTHY weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet with everyday ingredients you probably have on hand!! A HEALTHY weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!

Sometimes you just have to get dinner on the table in a hurry and this is a recipe that will help you do just that. It’s easy, ready in 20 minutes in one skillet, and is both hearty yet healthy.

How To Make The Chicken, Rice, And Vegetable Skillet

Start by sautéing an onion and add red bell peppers, chicken, and garlic. Then add cooked rice and broccoli, season with paprika and cardamom, and cover the skillet until the broccoli is as crisp-tender as desired which is about five minutes for me.

To save time, I suggest using precooked rice. I used two packets of Jasmine Ready Rice but almost any flavor or variety of rice is fine, including leftover rice.

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet with everyday ingredients you probably have on hand!! A HEALTHY weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!

Flavor Variations

I used paprika and cardamom but you can get creative and take it in another flavor direction. Try curry powder, turmeric, and ginger.

Or go with lemon pepper and other fresh herbs like parsley or mint. There are lots of ways to mix it up.

Cheesy…Or Not

You can finish the recipe with some shredded cheese. You can’t go wrong with cheesy rice for the comfort food win.

But if you’re trying to keep the dish on the healthier side and cut out some unnecessary fat and calories, feel free to skip the cheese. The dish tastes plenty good without it. The photos shown do not include cheese.

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet with everyday ingredients you probably have on hand!! A HEALTHY weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!

How Does The Skillet Taste

Sometimes simple recipes with everyday ingredients taste great and this is one of those recipes. The sautéed onions, garlic, fresh green onions provide plenty of flavor, and I always appreciate the crunch of veggies like bell peppers and broccoli to contrast the tender rice and juicy chicken.

It’s such an easy, family-friendly recipe that’s naturally gluten-free, ready in 20 minutes, and everyone will enjoy it. What you don’t eat that night for dinner makes for great work or school lunches the next day.

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Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet with everyday ingredients you probably have on hand!! A HEALTHY weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet with everyday ingredients you probably have on hand!! A HEALTHY weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, diced small
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups cooked rice (to save time use two 8.5-ounce packets precooked rice; I used Jasmine Ready Rice)
  • 2 to 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cheese, optional
  • 2 to 3 green onions, sliced into thin rounds

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the oil, sweet Vidalia onions, and cook over medium-high heat until onions are becoming soft and translucent, about 5 minutes; stir frequently.
  2. Add the red peppers, chicken, and and cook for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is nearly cooked through; stir and flip frequently to ensure even cooking.
  3. Add the rice, broccoli, water, evenly sprinkle with paprika, cardamom, salt, pepper, stir to combine, cover skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until broccoli is as crisp-tender as desired.
  4. Optionally add the cheese and stir to combine until melted.
  5. Evenly sprinkle with green onions and serve immediately. Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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6 comments on “Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Skillet”

  1. This looks great too! We are supposed to get blasted with snow in a few days so I think I’ll plan to stay in and enjoy both of your skillet recipes from this week!

  2. I was really intrigued by the cardamom . I keep it on hand for spice blends but hadn’t paired it just with paprika until now. Sooo good–we loved it!

    Rating: 5
    • It was an after thought because after I tasted the recipe I felt it could use something ‘more’ and I was rooting around my spices and saw it and thought this could work…and it did (for me) and I am so glad to hear that you guys loved it too!

  3. I loved the flavors of this! Healthy does NOT have to be bland. What a lovely dish!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for making so many of my recipes and leaving so many great comments today! I completely agree that healthy does not necessarily have to mean bland. Glad that you enjoyed this a lot!

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