Colorful Brown Rice Pilaf with Chicken and Veggies
Now that the autumn is upon us and we want to eat mostly comfort foods, I bring to you this Colorful Brown Rice Pilaf with Chicken and Veggies. It’s easy to make and so tasty.
I’ve made this dish two times in two weeks, it’s that good. And we loved it. I hope you give it a try and you tell me what you think.
What I like about this Pilaf is that is full of veggies, and that it’s so colorful. 😀 When I like how the food looks, I’m more likely to love it. I bet that happens to you too.
This one is not a classic Pilaf because I wanted to add less meat and rice and more veggies. This way is easier to digest and you’re more likely to enjoy it. So this is what I came up with.
If you don’t like some veggie I added, you can always switch it with something else. Or if you don’t eat chicken, switch it for tofu, chickpeas or add just veggies. You can always switch the brown rice for regular rice.
- 200 g of brown rice
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil or sun-dried tomato oil (optional but makes a great difference)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 shallots
- 2 garlic cloves
- 100 g of frozen peas
- 2 medium carrots
- 1/2 a bell pepper
- 1 chicken breast
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 a zucchini
- 1/4 of a broccoli
Making this dish is very easy. In just a few steps, dinner will be served.
Chop your veggies and chicken breast to have them prepared. In a large pot add the sun-dried tomato oil and saute the shallots, garlic, carrots and bell pepper for 6-7 minutes.
When the shallots become translucent, start sauteeing the broccoli, zucchini and the chicken breast, until the chicken becomes white.
Season with salt and pepper. Add the bay leaves. Pour in the rice and fry it for 2 minutes. Frying it makes it have a nutty taste.
Pour in the triple amount of vegetable stock (compared to the rice).
Let the rice boil, and then turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer it with the lid on until it’s almost cooked and there’s just a bit of water.
Add the peas and spinach. Cook it for 5 more minutes and serve it hot.
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Katie | HealthySeasonalRecipes
I love the additions of vegetables and chicken to make pilaf into a whole meal! What a great idea for a simple autumn meal.
I loved that too 🙂
I could enjoy simple and tasty dinners like this EVERY DAY. yum
Me too 😀
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
Love, love a quick and easy dinner like this that I KNOW my whole family would eat. That makes this a keeper!
What a healthy and delicious meal to put together for the family, bet mine will love it!
We loved it!
My goodness this sounds delicious. Brown rice is so nutritious. This would be perfect to make on the weekend, and have dinner ready to warm up during the busy weeknights.
Yes, I prefer brown rice over white one. It’s tastier.
Love all these pictures! Any food with color is an instant «must have» in my book!
Laura @ The Mindful Mom Blographer
This looks like the perfect comfort meal! Perfect for this time of year!
yes it is 🙂
It looks super yummy! I love brown rice, I really need to try this one! Your colourful pictures make me want to eat it right now! 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂
Yum! I love all these bright, colorful photos too…definitely makes me even hungrier!
🙂 glad you liked it.