Chicken & Rice Pilaf

Don’t let the boring recipe title fool you- this was an incredibly easy and healthy weeknight supper. Not to mention what a great beginning for so many other ideas – meaning, herbs, spices, seasonings, veggies…you name it. The sky is the limit with this one. All you need is a  well-stocked pantry and you could have what looks just as gourmet as this.


Chicken & Brown Rice Pilaf

4 slices turkey bacon

4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I had tenders on hand)

1 small onion

1/2 cup chopped red peppers

1/2 lb. sugar snap peas

1 Tbsp. water

2 cups hot cooked brown rice, or rice blend

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan

fresh or dried parsley for garnish

Looks good, right? well not only is this a low fat dinner, but it’s also very low in calories….like under 400 🙂  Here’s how I made this:

First I picked an awesome rice blend and made it according to package directions. Any brown rice will do, but this stuff was so good.

While the rice is cooking, fry up 4 pieces of turkey bacon, drain and chop them. Chop up 1 small onion and 1 red bell pepper (or use mini sweet peppers like I did: 2 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow.) Then string and cut the sugar snap peas in half. Put all this aside while you cook the chicken.

Place the chicken into the skillet and cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate; cover to keep warm. Add onions and peppers to skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in peas and water; cover. Simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender. Stir in rice. Transfer to serving plate and add chicken, top with bacon, parmesan cheese, and fresh or dried parsley.

There’s so many things you can add to this dish to make it even yummier!

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