Italian rice with chicken recipe

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This one-pan dish is simple, but really looks the business when you're trying to impress

Serves 2
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins


2 tbsp olive oil
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
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)


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.

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.

Nutrition per serving:

620 kcalories, protein 49g, carbohydrate 62g, fat 22 g, saturated fat 5g, fibre 6g, salt 1.5 g

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005. 

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