Rice is the perfect accompaniment to many meals, and these simple chicken rice recipes will please the whole family.
The best part is that these recipes all come together in one pot, so no mess to clean up afterward! You’ll never go back to boxed rice recipes again!
Chicken with Almonds in a Rosemary-Wine Sauce
A sweet and tart sauce seasoned with fresh rosemary and a splash of white wine is the ideal complement to tender chicken breasts. Not only is this one-dish meal easy to prepare, but it reheats nicely for busy weeknights.
For a romantic date night, this meal makes the perfect dinner. Pair it with an Italian salad or roasted asparagus for an easy and healthy dinner, or for something extra special, pair it with rich Brussels sprouts gratin or couscous.
To begin making the sauce, begin by prepping the almonds: grind them in a spice grinder or food processor until finely ground. Then combine these with chopped rosemary, basil and parsley before seasoning with salt and pepper.
Dip the chicken pieces in an egg mixture before coating them in crushed almonds and herbs. Repeat this process until all of the chicken is thoroughly coated in almonds and herbs.
Set aside. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the chicken, skin side down. Cook for approximately 4 minutes per side, turning occasionally to brown evenly on both sides.
Once the chicken has cooked through, remove it from the pan and transfer to a platter to keep warm. Spoon over the sauce over the chicken, and garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired.
The sauce is the perfect starting point for adding other flavorful ingredients, like red wine or canned tomatoes, as desired. Alternatively, you could add another cup of broth or stock and simmer for a longer period before serving to reduce the sauce even further.
You can serve the lemon rosemary chicken with a side of hot rice. Or try pairing it with some steamed broccoli or an indulgent Brussels sprouts gratin for an everyday family dinner that everyone will love.
This recipe calls for a dry white wine such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, but any other dry white wine will do just as well. If you prefer something less assertive, substitute pinot noir or chardonnay instead.
Chicken with Broccoli in a Creamy Garlic Sauce
Our creamy garlic sauce with tender chicken and broccoli makes for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. You can serve it over pasta or rice, but nothing beats the classic method of serving it on crusty bread to soak up all that delicious sauce!
Chicken and broccoli are topped with an indulgent garlic sauce made with butter and garlic. This recipe can easily be adapted to include other nourishing greens like spinach, kale or Swiss chard instead of broccoli; mushrooms or cauliflower for extra healthiness if desired.
For the ideal garlic sauce, roasting the cloves is key. This results in a buttery texture and delicious sweet flavor. While you can use jarred garlic if desired, fresh minced cloves offer more intense flavor.
If you’re using frozen broccoli, be sure to par-cook it first so that there isn’t too much water released during the sauce cooking process. You could also skip roasting altogether and use pre-cooked, steam-in-the-bag broccoli florets instead – they have already been blanched so there is no additional preparation necessary.
For an extra kick, add some hot sauce and mustard powder to the cream mixture – these will bring out the subtle flavors in this dish and keep it from being too bland. Finish by garnishing with fresh basil leaves for a stunning presentation.
You can use any type of pasta for this dish – even opt for a grain if desired. I personally enjoy fusilli as it pairs perfectly with the creamy garlic sauce.
Toss the cooked pasta, broccoli and chicken in the garlic sauce and stir until everything is evenly coated with the sauce. Finally, top off with some cheese for an irresistible finishing touch – serve immediately!
This delicious and straightforward dinner takes only 30 minutes to prepare, making it the ideal choice for busy weeknights. Packed full of protein, vegetables and healthy fats, this low-carb meal means you don’t need to worry about any potential negative consequences from carbohydrates on your health. Enjoy this low carb treat guilt free!
Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken fried rice is an easy weeknight dinner that the entire family will love. Packed with flavor, this one-pan meal takes only minutes to prepare.
This dish is made with boneless, skinless chicken thighs for tender and juicy results. If desired, you may substitute chicken breasts for a lighter alternative.
Season your chicken with salt and pepper before cooking it, adding a sprinkle of cornstarch or flour for extra browning without drying out the meat.
Once the chicken is done, remove from the skillet and set aside. Next, add onions, carrots and peas to the same skillet and cook until tender crisp. When this is cooked through, add garlic and cook for just a minute more.
Once the vegetables have cooked through, scramble the eggs on an empty side of the skillet. When they are fully cooked, combine them with the veggies and mix thoroughly.
Once everything has been mixed together, return the chicken and rice to a skillet and stir again. When heated through, sprinkle on some soy sauce and green onions for flavor.
To save time, cook the rice a day or two ahead and store it in the fridge. This will allow it to absorb more flavor from chicken and soy sauce.
You can either use leftover rice or cook fresh rice ahead of time and chill before adding it to the dish. This keeps the consistency dryer, allowing it to absorb sauce without becoming mushy or sticky.
This recipe calls for cold rice, but you can certainly substitute hot cooked if desired. If you need it cold for any reason, simply place in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes and it will remain perfect.
Once your chicken fried rice is ready to serve, drizzle it with more soy sauce and sesame oil for an extra crunch and delicious finish!
You can easily adapt this recipe to include other proteins like salmon, shrimp or pork. You could also substitute vegetables like mushrooms, snow peas, broccoli or bell peppers. For an even more unique touch, add nuts like cashews or toasted sesame seeds for some added crunch!
Halal Cart Chicken and Rice
Halal cart chicken and rice is an iconic New York street food featuring shawarma-style sliced chicken piled atop spiced yellow rice, served with salad and pita bread. Finally, it’s drizzled with an irresistibly addictive white sauce as well as hot sauce for extra kick.
Halal cart chicken, a delicious combination of chicken and seasoned rice, has become a beloved dish throughout the Middle East – particularly popular in New York City! If you haven’t had the chance to experience its flavorful goodness yet, make sure that you do – at least once!
Halal carts can be found along busy intersections in New York City, where people wait in long lines for this delectable meal. These establishments are owned and run by Muslim immigrants who adhere to Islamic law when it comes to cooking chicken.
It’s no wonder why this meal has become so popular – not only is it affordable, but the zesty marinated chicken and spicy white sauce create an irresistible flavor explosion that will tantalize your palate. Furthermore, making this dish at home couldn’t be simpler: all ingredients come together within an hour!
Start by marinating chicken thighs in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and coriander for 3-4 hours. This will allow the spices to absorb into the meat and give it an incredible flavor.
Once the chicken has marinated, grill it on either a cast iron skillet or gas grill over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the pan and slice into thin strips. Top each bowl or plate with some fluffy yellow rice at the bottom followed by cooked chicken, toasted pita bread, lettuce, tomatoes, and sriracha sauce.
If you’re in need of a quick meal, this halal cart chicken and rice recipe can be easily prepared by making the white sauce ahead of time. Just be sure to reheat it thoroughly before serving.
For this halal cart chicken and rice dish, you’ll need a large skillet or grill pan. To cook the rice, you’ll need water and ghee; bring them to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer. Once your grains have finished cooking, fluff them up with a fork for extra fluffiness.