One pot chicken and rice is a family friendly busy weeknight dinner. Prep the chicken and marinade ahead of time and stash it in your freezer, then you just need to dump it in the rice cooker with a chopped carrot and red pepper when you’re ready to eat.
Thanks to Hamilton Beach for providing the rice cooker for us to test out this easy chicken recipe. Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom for your very own!
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The school year and all it’s busy-ness is almost here! I love hands-free one pot dinners for busy sports practice nights. Anything I can dump into my pot and then ignore for 30 – 40 minutes is heaven sent.
This summer during an attempt to clear out my freezer, I’ve been experimenting with using my usual stash of chicken in new ways. I love the cold and refreshing Asian chicken pasta salad I posted a few years ago. It’s perfect for hot summer days.
Since cold weather will be here before we know it, I thought it would be fun to try a new twist on that dish and serve it as a hot and cozy one pot chicken and rice comfort dish instead.
I wanted to try out my new rice cooker from Hamilton Beach. This thing is awesome! Besides cooking perfect plain rice for side dishes, it comes with a steamer basket so you can cook chicken, fish, or shrimp while the rice and veggies cook below. You can check out the full details of how it works here.
I measured out the jasmine rice with the scoop that came with the machine and rinsed it in the steamer basket before adding the rice to the pot.
Then I added a little marinade with the chopped veggies to the rice and stirred. I placed the raw marinaded chicken in the steamer basket on top and shut the machine.
The chicken cooked perfectly tender without any additional oil. The rice was fluffy and flavorful.
We garnished it with green onions and sesame seeds. I bought some pineapple to toss into the pot too, but my girls still don’t like hot pineapple. WHY?? I don’t know, I love it! If your kids are the same way, you could just serve the pineapple as a fun side dish with this meal.
Simple variations on this Asian one pot chicken and rice dish:
You could also mix in any of the following yummy ingredients to make it your own:
- slivered almonds
- pea pods
- baby spinach (stir this in after the rice has cooked and let the heat just wilt it before serving)
Now for the fun part! Who wants to win their very own Hamilton Beach rice & cereal cooker?
I’ve got one to give away to one of my friends on Instagram. Hop over and get the details right here:
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This easy weeknight dinner comes together in a pinch with a Hamilton Beach rice cooker. Make the chicken and marinade ahead of time and stash in your freezer for a quick dump and go one pot meal.
- 1 batch of prepared chicken and marinade from this Asian Chicken Pasta Salad
- 3 scoops of jasmine rice (use the scoop that came with the rice cooker for proper measuring)
- 1 box of chicken stock OR water
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
- Fresh (or canned) pineapple for garnish (optional)
Assemble the marinade for the chicken according to the directions here. If prepping this meal for a later time, place the chicken in a freezer safe storage bag with half the marinade. Store the remaining half of marinade in a separate freezer safe pouch. You can bundle the two together and freeze until ready to cook. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.
To assemble the final dish:
Add the rice to the pot of your rice cooker. Add 3 tbsp of the separated marinade to the pot, add chicken stock or water until it reaches the 3 cup marker on the side of the rice cooker.
Add the chopped carrot, pepper, and onion to the pot. Stir to combine.
Place the steamer bowl on top of the pot and add the prepared chicken.
Close the pot and turn the settings to White Rice.
When the rice cooker beeps, remove the tray of chicken and fluff the rice. You can stir the chicken into the rice or serve it separately.
Garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and pineapple and serve.