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Easy Chicken & Rice

Dinner is ready in just 30 minutes with this Easy Chicken & Rice!  Makes a big batch - perfect for leftovers the next day!

We’re sharing this Easy Chicken & Rice recipe as part of a sponsored post for Reynolds™ heat & eat containers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Back in the days when I was still a single gal, I often made quick and easy meals like this Easy Chicken & Rice on Sundays for dinner – then I would pack up the leftovers, and bring them for lunch to eat at work for the next day or two!

It was a way for me to save money (buying lunch out every day can get expensive) – plus a way to save time in the morning (just grab lunch out of the refrigerator and go!)

Dinner is ready in just 30 minutes with this Easy Chicken & Rice!  Makes a big batch - perfect for leftovers the next day!

Fast forward to now – and we STILL make this delicious Easy Chicken & Rice! It cooks up in about 30 minutes and this one bowl meal is packed full of fantastic flavors! But now – after we’ve enjoyed this Easy Chicken & Rice – we’re using Reynolds™ heat & eat containers to pack up our leftovers!

Dinner is ready in just 30 minutes with this Easy Chicken & Rice!  Makes a big batch - perfect for leftovers the next day!

Reynolds™ heat & eat containers not only make lunch-on-the-go easier, they are sturdy, microwaveable and made from a plant-based material, offering a safe alternative to plastic. I also love not having to worry about bringing home dirty, smelly lunch containers from the office – or worrying if my daughter has left an expensive plastic container behind at school.

Reynolds™ heat & eat containers are single-use, stain and odor resistant containers. The containers are microwave-safe. And when your food comes out of the microwave – simply place it on the inverted lid as you eat your lunch to prevent condensation on your table top or desk!

Dinner is ready in just 30 minutes with this Easy Chicken & Rice!  Makes a big batch - perfect for leftovers the next day!

You can recycle the lid, and the containers may also be recycled if they are clean and dry after you’ve eaten your lunch.  And – with the holidays here – Reynolds™ heat & eat containers are also a great option for sending leftovers home with family and friends after your holiday meal.

For more information about Reynolds™ heat & eat containers, visit Reynolds Kitchens on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Easy Chicken & Rice

Note: This recipe calls for cooked chicken which is mixed in at the end. Feel free to substitute a supermarket rotisserie chicken if you don’t have time to cook the chicken. If using pre-cooked chicken, skip the steps below to roast your own.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts (approximately 2 to 2 ½ pounds total), cut into halves (4 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs (we used a mix of rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley) – 2 tablespoons of mixed fresh herbs may be substituted
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cups carrot ,diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup celery, minced fine
  • 1 cup Texmati rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed to room temperature
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the boneless chicken breasts in a foil-lined baking dish. Sprinkle herbs, salt and pepper generously over the top of the breasts and roast until cooked through and tender, approximately 20-25 minutes.
  3. While the chicken roasts, in a saucepan with a lid, melt butter over medium high heat then add carrots, onion and celery and sauté until tender – approximately 5 minutes. Add rice and sauté for two more minutes stirring often. Add bay leaf, pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover with lid and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking rice until tender (approximately 12 minutes.) When rice is tender, add peas and stir. Cover and allow to sit for a few minutes in order for the peas to heat through. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  4. Remove chicken from the oven and place on a cutting board. Pour juices from roasted chicken into the pot of rice and vegetable. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks, then stir into rice.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired. Serve immediately

Dinner is ready in just 30 minutes with this Easy Chicken & Rice!  Makes a big batch - perfect for leftovers the next day!

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  1. I would definitely use these to send home leftovers after a holiday meal. Can’t reconcile all the waste for lunch most days, but I think it would be awesome when you have something messy that leaves stains, like lasagna or cabbage rolls. No more stained reusable containers!!

  2. nice,easy,light…a! tasty! j love the colors of the dish! and the lunch box,mmmm…

  3. This chicken rice has some fantastic flavors in it and I love that it only takes 30 minutes to make it. Looks like pure comfort food to me!!

  4. Oh yum – this is the sort of meal that my family loves! And I love that it works well for lunch on-the-go. Yay about those containers being recyclable – they are so convenient!

  5. Love the idea of sending guests home with leftovers in these! And the chicken and rice looks delish!

  6. What a delicious recipe. I love all the veggies.

  7. So great for leftovers and what a great weeknight easy meal!

  8. These containers are AWESOME! I haven’t seen them in stores yet, but I’m going to make a point of looking for them – love that they’re made from plant-based material. And this chicken and rice looks like the perfect satisfying lunch to fit in them!

  9. Those look like fabulous containers. A girl can never have too many leftover containers. HaHa. I bet you thought I was going to say jewelry. Love the chicken and rice too. Looks yummy!

  10. This is my kind of dinner, easy and delicious!! And I need to get my hands on those Reynolds heat and eat containers!

  11. I often do a version of chicken and rice during the week and bring the leftovers to work – but mine are in these glass containers and they can be a pain in the butt sometimes. I love that these are able to be heated in the micro and are better on the environment.

  12. First this easy chicken rice looks awesome! Second those containers make it so easy to transport food! I need to get my hands on a few 🙂

  13. I made your Chicken and Rice recipe for dinner tonight. OMG, so delicious!! I didn’t have all the spices for the chicken so I used Herbes de Provence, and instead of white rice, I used brown rice and also added 2 tbsp of fresh chopped parsley to the rice mixture. Just delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I love it!!!

  14. Love this meal – the chicken looks so tender & the broccoli, vibrant and delicious – YUM! Wanted to pop by from #FoodieFriDIY and thank you for linking up & also let you know I’m featuring your lovely recipe on the link up this week!

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