Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Skillet: Everything you need for a delicious dinner made in just one skillet!

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Me and this whole one-pot meal thing… it’s out of control.

I am going to make you skip the movies AND the Olive Garden tonight because you are going to make this Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Skillet for din din. K?

Real Talk – I haven’t gone to the movie theater in over 2 years. Prior to that, it was 4 years.
I’m SO not a movie goer. Or watcher. I just can’t get into it. AND it’s 2 hours of my life wasted on watching some director’s fantasy and/or wild imagination… No thanks – I got plenty of that.

Now, gimme a documentary, or some other real life/true story stuff, and I am all over that! Not those “based” on a true story – no – I want THE story. Know what I mean?

Thus, Friday nights are reserved for Chicken Fettuccine -type meals and Real Housewives reruns a docu on Netflix. It’s how I found out that “You Oughta Know” by Alanis was about Uncle Joey! The Full House Uncle Joey!! He broke Alanis’ heart! EW! Weird.

Oh, wait. That was on an E! True Hollywood Story rerun…
She shoulda just made him this skillet – they’d still be together, with 4 little Joeys running around.

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BUT, I wish I could make this Chicken Skillet for YOU. I really do. It’s SO GOOD!!

All sorta things are happening in here. We have rice, chicken, veggies, more rice… and it all happens in one skillet.

It seems that the only way I am capable of preparing dinner these days is if it all takes place in one pot. Chicken also has to be present, and some cheese. Carbs are also welcome… now I’m thinking about bread rolls and steak. Agh. I must be hungry. Focus!

All you have to do here is throw some stuff in a skillet and eat it. I don’t even bother putting it on a plate. I just stand above the stove and “taste-test” for, like, ever! It’s THAT good. Trust me. Make it and you’ll see.

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Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Skillet
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Everything you need for a delicious dinner made in just one skillet!
Serves: Serves 4
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 2 white onions, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese (optional)
  • 2 green onions, sliced (optional)
  • parsley, for garnish
  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add cubed chicken pieces; cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add onions and peppers.
  4. Season with salt, ground pepper, and fresh thyme leaves.
  5. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender; about 6 minutes.
  6. Stir in garlic, water, rice, and sour cream; stir until well blended.
  7. Bring mixture to a boil.
  8. Add tomatoes and season with paprika.
  9. Lower heat to a simmer, cover the pan, and continue to cook for about 7 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  10. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and garnish with green onions and parsley.
  11. Taste for seasoning; adjust accordingly.
  12. Serve.

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  1. Leslie September 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    Made this for dinner this evening. So easy, so good, and just a few dishes! Thanks for this recipe.

    • Katerina Petrovska September 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM - Reply

      Hi Leslie!!
      I am SO happy to hear that you enjoyed it!! Thank you so much!

  2. Caroline June 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    I’m craving this right now! I love dishes like this that come together so easily and all in one pot….pinning and, if I can make it to the store today, making for dinner tonight! Oh, and I’m with you…I cannot sit still long enough to watch a movie…well, unless George Clooney is involved! ;)

    • Katerina Petrovska June 10, 2014 at 11:12 AM - Reply

      Aaaaah George… :-D I just watch “Roseanne” reruns when I want to see more of Georgie! ;-) Thank you, Caroline!! xo

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 7, 2014 at 12:29 AM - Reply

    I am all about the skillet meal, this looks so good!

  4. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks June 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM - Reply

    Love this meal, and one pot is even better. No to movies and yes to real housewives lol.

  5. zerrin June 6, 2014 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    This looks very similar to mom’s rice pilaf with chicken.She just doesn’t use cream or cheese in it. sounds really intriguing! Will give it a try and surprise mom!

    • Katerina Petrovska June 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM - Reply

      Hi Zerrin!! Yep, my mom also makes this, but without the cheese and sour cream. She calls my version, “Americanized” rice pilaf. :-D Thanks, Zerrin! xo

  6. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM - Reply

    I make rice and veggies dinners so often during summer! We just love them! Pinning!

  7. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    I love one pot meals! They just make life easier.

  8. Valerie June 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM - Reply

    Love the 1990s shout-out!! :D
    This skillet looks wonderful; I may forgo my usual cereal-for-dinner routine.

  9. Matt Robinson June 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    First of all, I could eat this literally every day. Love it! As far as movies go, we are the same way! I can’t stand sitting in a theatre, amongst tons of people I don’t know, wasting hours of my life. If I hear about how good the film is, I will gladly rent the movie someday, and will likely still fall asleep to it on my couch. Have a great weekend!

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