Simple Chicken and Rice

Chicken is lightly coated with a spiced tomato-mushroom blend for this skillet main dish recipe. Make the blend ahead of time to ease preparation.

Easy Chicken and Rice
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • ¼ cup Spiced Tomato-Mushroom Blend (see recipe below)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup long grain rice

  • 1 ½ cup fresh sugar snap pea pods

  • Fresh parsley (optional)

  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Spiced Tomato-Mushroom Blend

  • 1 cup dried tomatoes (not oil pack)

  • 1 ounce dried mushrooms* (shiitake or morel)

  • ½ cup dried minced onion

  • 2 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed

  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Lightly coat chicken with 1 tablespoon of the spice blend.

  2. In large skillet cook chicken in hot olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side; remove from skillet. Stir remaining spice blend and rice into skillet; cook 1 minute. Add 2-1/2 cups water; return chicken to skillet. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

  3. Add pea pods to skillet. Cover. Cook 5 minutes more or until rice is tender. Serve with parsley and lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Spiced Tomato-Mushroom Blend

  1. In large bowl combine all ingredients. Place the mixture, one-fourth at a time, in blender. Cover and blend 30 seconds or until tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer to storage container. Refrigerate; use seasoning blend within 1 month. Makes 8 (1/4-cup) portions.


To remove grit from dried mushrooms, place in sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain and pat dry. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until dry and crisp.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

428 Calories
9g Fat
46g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 428
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 625mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 529mg 11%
Folate, total 116.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.