This One Pot Chicken and Rice Dish is a marvelously delicious way to twist up the old chicken and rice routine. Not only is it full of flavor, but it comes together easily and quickly in just one pan!
Yesterday I shared with you guys how I was yet clueless as to what my special word or “thing” was going to be for 2015. My focus theme for the year.
Figured it would be a few weeks before I’d settle on my theme word.
Then as I sat down for a quick devotional read and quiet time today, it became oh so clear.
Presence. That’s it, Girl. My new thing for the new year.
If your life is anything like mine, kids or not, it’s filled with hectic days and rushed evenings. Things to do, places to be, deadlines to meet, people to care for, cooking, cleaning, shuttling, and squeeze in exercise at 10pm…
…plus I really do want to actually read the ever-growing pile of books on my nightstand that I had every intention of finishing last year.
Being fully there in the moment? It’s something I don’t naturally do well. Not in my genes. The women in my family aren’t programmed for slowing down.
Presence means noticing the sights, smells, and sounds around me enough to appreciate them. Looking my Littles in the eyes when they tell me seemingly frivolous stories rather than multi-tasking every second possible.
Saying yes to a long tucking-in at night (times three) without ruminating over the list of stuff I’ve still gotta do.
Actually stopping to watch the silly animal YouTube vids that Hubby puts in my face while I’m trying to take pictures of food…
There are always going to be a bazillion distractions vying for my attention. But I don’t want to miss out on the now.
One of my favorite Pinteresting quotes: Enjoy the little things; one day you’ll look back realize they were the big things.
So what of the One Pot Chicken and Rice Dish?
Trust, it’s got everything to do with all this presence stuff. Here’s the math: Quick + easy + healthy + delicious = less time cooking/cleaning + more time at the table.
I’m planning to make many more family-friendly, time-friendly dishes in 2015 so we can all enjoy more small moments with our peeps and less time at the sink.
And about the yum-factor of this One Pot Thai Chicken and Rice Dish? It’s scrumpt-deeeee-lish!!
Not only is it fast and easy to make and clean up, but it’s full of flavor, tender, and a welcome change from the usual chicken & rice bit.
This One Pot Thai Chicken and Rice Dish is quick, easy, and full of scrumptious flavor! Make it mild or kick up the spice; it’s up to you.
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 lb boneless/skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- half of an onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 1 1/2 cup regular chicken broth
- 2 TB regular soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 TB minced fresh basil, for topping
- kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- In a large nonstick pan, heat oil on medium high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper, garlic, and onion, with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is just lightly browned. Mix in the rice, broth, soy sauce, and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduct heat to low; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until moisture is absorbed and rice is tender.
- Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Toss in the basil and season with kosher salt, black pepper, or more cayenne if desired.
Source: Chew Out Loud
Here are a few of our favorite easy, quick weeknight meals that the family will love:
1. One Pot Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken. The gnocchi is tender with just the right chewiness. The entire dish is full of savory goodness. And only one pot is needed.
2. One Pan Skillet Lasagna. My weeknights don’t allow time for pesky noodle layering. When you crave the flavors of succulent lasagna but need something quick, this is the thing.
3. Easy Skillet Tamale Pie. The Littles love this, as do us grownups. It’s delicious and satisfying and couldn’t be easier. So, so, soooo good.
4. Baked Penne with Sausage and Peppers. When it’s a busy weeknight and I want the kids fed pronto, this is something I know they’ll love and devour.
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