Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet is perfect for a sunny weekend al fresco lunch or dinner—and it's ready in just 20 minutes.

How to Make It

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper and rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 1/2 cups water, black pepper, and salt to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add broccoli; cook 5 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender and rice is done. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

March 04, 2015
Needed some modifications - glad I read the previous reviews. So I used chicken broth instead of the water. I sauteed 1 1/2 cups of chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic with the chicken. I also seasoned the chicken with the salt and pepper - and also garlic powder and a little oregano. Cooked the chicken for a few minutes, then added the onion/garlic, cooked for 5 minutes, added the pepper and rice, simmered for 10 minutes, added the broccoli and simmered for 10 more minutes. There was still a little broth, so I opened the lid and increased the heat until it evaporated. Family liked it with the changes. It was easy enough to put together, so I'd make it again.

crgdavidson's Review

March 31, 2014
This was actually a very simple, delicious dish. I did make two substitutes. I figured it may be a bit bland with just water, so I used chicken broth, instead of water. I also used parmigiano reggiano, which complimented the dish nicely. This is going in to my saved recipes, as I know I will make it again. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of the substitutions I made.

Really Great!

July 09, 2015
After looking at the other reviews, I also used chicken broth instead of water and I think it really made a difference! It came out quite good. I also just used an italian cheese blend instead of straight parmesan, I think either would have been great though. 

So Good and Easy with a few modifications

May 21, 2015
I agree with the previous reviewers, this recipe is easily modified.  It's has good flavor and really easy and quick! I added two cloves of minced garlic and half a chopped onion at the beginning when I heated the oil, then added the chicken and browned.  I also substituted chicken broth for the water and used Uncle Ben's Savory Basmati Rice with seasoning pack (used about half the seasoning packet).  If you are looking for something that is easy with good flavor this dish is great...will definitely be making it again!

Delicious and easily modified :)

April 01, 2015
This was delicious, super easy, and very quick! A great weeknight dinner. Threw in some chopped onions with the chicken, and added two cloves of garlic just a couple minutes before the rice. Swapped the rice for 200g of quinoa, I used half a bouillon cube along with the water and had no issues with leftover liquidiness (though it was probably cooking for longer than suggested in the recipe directions, I just waited until there was little to no liquid left). I added cherry tomatoes at the same time as the broccoli. Will definitely be making this again!

twentythree08's Review

August 23, 2014

Ncahill's Review

July 10, 2014
After reading the other reviews, I used chicken stock in place of water, added red onion and garlic. When finished cooking, it had to be eaten in a bowl because of all the liquid left. Flavor wasn't anything special. I suggest that those wishing to try the recipe use the same amount of liquid to same amount of rice to thicken the dish. Wouldn't make again - a lot of time chopping ingredients for not a lot of taste.

lkp214's Review

May 21, 2014

redenton's Review

April 19, 2014
As the star rating states, this is a good recipe. My wife and I both liked it and will have it again. The chicken was tender and the broccoli was crisp and tasty. As a kid and young adult I never liked the taste of red peppers, but in this dish they worked quite well.

EileenNJ's Review

April 10, 2014
This was nice and easy, but way too bland for my taste. Maybe it's because they were trying to keep it to 5 ingredients, but some more spices like garlic or onion would be welcome here. I'm not sure if I used the wrong kind of "quick cooking basmati," because it was tender, but the whole dish was very watery. I would not make again without modifying it for more flavor.