Did you know you can make one pot chicken rice dinner from scratch in less than 20 minutes, following just 5 easy steps?
No doubt, you need more one pot dinners in your life like this easy Bosnian-style chicken and rice. This recipe is made all over the world with countless variations on the theme. Throw everything into one pot and call it a day. What’s not to like?
It seems like life is getting busier by the day. I swear I had more time on my hands when my daughter was living in the house and it’s not because she was helping with chores … because she didn’t. So, being a busy grandma nowadays, I’m really all about easy yet still delicious meals. I’m like those Germans who love their 20-minute meals.
Also, these quick one-pot dishes are especially favorable when they can stretch to feed a crowd. Stretching meals such as this can come in really handy sometimes. In Bosnian culture, it is acceptable to drop by unannounced and, as every good host would do, we share our dinner with our unexpected guests. So you would throw extra rice in here and have ample food. Another awesome stretchy dish made in one pot is No Stir Bosnian Pot aka Bosanski Lonac. Same here, just add more potatoes or cabbage. More importantly, note that you never have to add more meat, but you can if you don’t need to be frugal.
How to make one pot chicken rice dinner?
The simple combination of chicken and rice mixed with vegetables requires no kitchen skills. Trust me, it’s that easy to make!
The best part?
It cooks in less than 20 minutes. Raise your hand if you want a delicious homemade dinner on the table that didn’t take hours to make! [raises hand] Best of all, imagine what you could do with the extra spare time since you won’t be spending all evening in your kitchen.
And even better:
Cooked in one pot there are almost no dirty dishes to speak of. That is why we love this easy chicken rice recipe, and you should too.
One Pot Chicken Rice Dinner in 5 Easy StepsHow to make a flavorful chicken and rice dinner in one pot, under 20 minutes, in only 5 easy… Click To Tweet
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tomato, chopped
1½ cup chicken stock or water
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup frozen peas
1 cup uncooked rice
Salt (or Vegeta*) and freshly ground pepper to taste
*Vegeta is all-purpose food seasoning (dry vegetables and spices) that adds flavor and rounded taste.
~ GET CREATIVE ~
Overall, this dish doesn’t need any enhancement but feel free to add your favorite herbs and spices.
To begin with, chop, dice, slice, and mince your vegetables and chicken.
Next, in a large non-stick pan, cast iron or a saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onions, carrots, pepper, and garlic until they begin to soften about 3-4 minutes.
Add chicken and brown quickly, then add tomato and cook until the meat is no longer pink about 5-8 minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce, stock or water, peas, and rice then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally until rice is cooked through, 10-12 minutes (add more water is necessary to finish cooking the rice).
Finally, sprinkle with fresh parsley leaves before serving.
And that, my friend, is how you make one pot chicken rice dinner in 5 easy steps. In conclusion, this is really just a 4 step process. Don’t you think?
Maybe you’d like to share your favorite one pot meals with me? I’m always looking for new recipes and inspirations. I’d love to pin them so they’re saved when I need them. Hence, drop me a Pinterest link or your post link in the comments! 😉
See this recipe featured on Across the Boulevard.