Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

Sharing a favorite easy chicken and rice recipe today perfect for dinner or a side dish! This chicken and rice recipe is packed with vegetables and feeds a crowd!

easy chicken and rice recipe

Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

This smoky rice skillet is healthy and absolutely delicious. One of my favorite weeknight dinners. For those of you with a Trader Joes, run-don’t walk, to their frozen food area to pick up a box of their rice medley. You simply pop it in the microwave and poof it’s done. Seriously, I use it all the time. It’s fabulous in this rice skillet. If you are not lucky to have a Trader Joe’s in your area, use your favorite rice blend as a substitute.

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easy chicken and rice recipe

Here’s your ingredients.

How To Make This Tasty Rice Recipe

  1. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute zucchini, squash, and onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken, beans, rice, cumin, salt, pepper and parsley stirring to combine. Cook for 5 minutes or until hot.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Slice and quarter your zucchini.

easy chicken and rice recipe

…and your yellow squash.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Saute your veggies.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Saute until softened.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Stir in garlic.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Stir in your chicken.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Black beans please.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Stir in your cooked rice.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Almost done.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Add the smokiness now. A nice handful of cumin.

easy chicken and rice recipe

Add your salt and pepper.

easy chicken and rice recipe

…..a little parsley and you are good to go. Bon Appetit!

easy chicken and rice recipe

Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

This Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe is full of delicious vegetables and makes such a great dinner!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 636kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 10
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped white onion
  • 2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 2 cups sliced yellow squash
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained
  • 6 cups prepared rice medley
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute zucchini, squash, and onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken, beans, rice, cumin, salt, pepper and parsley stirring to combine. Cook for 5 minutes or until hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 636kcal | Carbohydrates: 127g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg
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42 Responses
  1. YUM! This is definitely being added to our weeknight routines! And thanks for the tip on the race from TJ’s…I love that place but am always looking for the best things to pick up in there.

  2. Jenny, this looks so good!! By the way, we were looking through your cookbook in class today… Oreo stuffed cookies on the wishlist menu again, and a new one we’ll be trying… p. 195, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudgy Brownies… Can’t wait!

  3. Janna

    Thank you for this recipe! We just got back from a little vacay in California and need a yummy non take out meal for dinner tonight! (My hubby works for Trader Joes, so I have one more bag of this rice medley in my freezer just waiting to be used)

  4. stacy

    Looks wonderful and I’m excited to try it. I love all-in-one type dinners so I don’t have to make sides. Could I swap cilantro for the parsley? I don’t usually have fresh parsley on hand, but I almost always have cilantro.

  5. allison

    Made this tonight and it was really good! Thank you! We just recently got a Trader Joes here in Dallas and oh I love it so so much.

  6. I too want to shred some of the added weight from the holiday season, but I don’t want to diet. Eating delicious food in moderation is an excellent idea. I’ll be looking forward to your next recipes because this one in so delicious!

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