Chicken and Brown Rice

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins

This hearty one-pot meal is perfect for weekend dinners when you have time to let the dish cook.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 whole cut-up chicken (2 ½ to 3 pounds), skins removed, breasts halved crosswise (save wings for another use)

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice

  • 4 plum tomatoes, diced

  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained and sliced into ½-inch strips

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas, thawed

  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, turning, until golden on all sides, about 10 minutes; transfer to a plate.

  2. Add onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in rice, tomatoes, peppers, and 1 1/4 cups water; nestle chicken pieces in rice mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat until rice is tender, 55 to 60 minutes. If any liquid remains in skillet, remove lid and simmer until evaporated.

  4. Sprinkle peas over contents of skillet; cover, and remove from heat. Set aside until peas are heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Cook's Notes

To save some time later, cover the brown rice with water in the morning, and let it soak all day; this will reduce the cooking time by about 20 minutes. Whether packed in oil or water, roasted peppers should be drained well before using.

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