Zesty Chicken With Brown Rice

Zesty Chicken With Brown Rice

When we say zesty, we mean spicy!

This recipe really wakes up the average chicken with brown rice dinner. Chicken is cooked with fresh veggies, tomatoes, and chili sauce – a condiment like ketchup, with a kick.

Want a milder version?  Substitute plain tomato sauce.

3.6 from 32 votes

Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

When we say zesty here, we mean spicy! This recipe really wakes up the average chicken with brown rice dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 447 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp . olive oil , divided use
  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp . sea salt
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper , chopped
  • 2 medium celery stalks , chopped
  • 1 lb . raw chicken breasts , boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup all-natural chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp . chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried basil)
  • 1 Tbsp . chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp. dried parsley)
  • ¼ tsp . crushed red pepper


  1. Heat _1 Tbsp._oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add rice; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until rice starts to crackle.
  3. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat; cook for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until rice is tender and fluffy.
  4. While rice is cooking, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add chicken and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  7. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, chili sauce, basil, parsley, and red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; gently boil, covered, for 10 minutes.
  8. Divide rice between four serving plates; top evenly with chicken mixture.
Nutrition Facts
Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 266mg12%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

Container Equivalents
2 Green
2 Yellow
1 Red
1 tsp.

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