When a craving for comfort food hits and you need it in a hurry, this fast take on chicken and rice hits the spot. Stirring chopped baby spinach into warm brown rice is a smart way to get more vegetables and jazz up an otherwise plain starchy side.
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Total Time: 20 Minutes
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
- ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
- ½ tsp black pepper, divided
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- ½ cup sliced white onion
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 1½ cups unsalted chicken stock
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 (8.8-oz.) pkg precooked microwavable whole-grain brown rice (such as Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice)
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to skillet; cook, without stirring, until chicken begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, and rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender and tomatoes begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Whisk together stock and flour in a bowl until combined. Add to chicken mixture; stir and scrape browned bits from bottom of skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Heat rice according to package directions. Place hot rice in a medium bowl; add spinach, lemon zest, lemon juice, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat (hot rice will wilt the spinach). Divide rice mixture among 4 plates; top evenly with chicken mixture.
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* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.
DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not allfoodchef.com recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.