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Basil-Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Tomatoes_Hero

Basil-Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Tomatoes

This basil-Parmesan chicken and rice with tomatoes is a dinner that's perfect for any day of the week.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal



Rice and tomatoes:

  • 1 cup wild or brown rice
  • A pat of butter optional
  • 1⅔ cups water
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 2 bell peppers trimmed, deseeded, and diced
  • 1 pound tomatoes quartered, or 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • ½ cup freshly chopped parsley divided
  • 10 basil leaves torn, divided
  • Salt pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste


Cook the rice:

  • Combine the rice, butter, water, and a sprinkle of salt and in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stir once, cover and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes. Turn off the heat and rest for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Note: Cook time may vary depending on rice variety.

Prepare the chicken:

  • Combine the thyme, paprika, and garlic powder in a bowl. Pat the chicken dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the chicken and rub it in. Note: Depending on the size of the chicken breasts, you may have additional spice mixture leftover. You can throw the remaining spice mixture in with the vegetables when they’re cooking later on in the recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Heat the neutral cooking oil in a wide skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.
  • Add the chicken breasts and cook without moving for 4-5 minutes or until they turn dark golden brown. Flip and transfer to the oven for 12-15 minutes or until they are almost completely cooked through (About 150ºF). Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer to the stove top. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Cook the vegetables:

  • Carefully return the skillet to medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and season all over with salt and pepper and any remaining spice mixture. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often, or until the peppers and onions are golden brown and softened.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste.

Assemble the skillet:

  • Pour the rice into the skillet with the vegetables and toss to combine. Sprinkle all but a pinch of the parsley and basil and all but 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese over the skillet. Place the chicken breasts on top.
  • Return the skillet to the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165ºF.

To serve:

  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and thinly slice the chicken. Divide the rice and tomatoes between plates and arrange the chicken on top. Garnish with the remaining basil, parsley, and Parmesan. Enjoy!


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 344mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 81mg
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