Spanish Rice with Chicken & Peas Recipe
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Spanish Rice with Chicken & Peas Recipe

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My mom made this juicy chicken and rice for us every Wednesday. I still make it for my hubby. It reminds me of family dinners growing up. —Josee Lanzi, New Port Richey, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 367 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 755mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, toss chicken with flour, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a Dutch oven, heat 4 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken, stirring occasionally; remove from pan.
  2. In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add pepper, onion and celery; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until onion is tender. Add rice, cumin, chili powder and remaining salt; stir to coat rice. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes.
  3. Place browned chicken over rice (do not stir in). Cook, covered 5 minutes longer or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spanish Rice with Chicken & Peas in Simple & Delicious April/May 2016

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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mamamarie User ID: 568814 265061
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2017

"This was good. Did not add cumin or chili powder, as we don't care for them. Otherwise it was good. Easy to make. Thanks."

beccakat1 User ID: 2436136 255619
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"This was easy to make and very good. Will make it again."

Demicleas User ID: 8883623 249770
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2016

"I switched the white rice with saffron rice an it was great"

suefetzer User ID: 7423417 249383
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2016

"Tasty and easy. Perfect for cool weather. I didn't add the cumin as I didn't have any and the chopped tomatoes I used a 10 oz can of fire roasted Rotel tomatoes which added some more spice"

dublinlab User ID: 1682119 246714
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"This dish was very good, must say very easy. All regular food l have on hand. I added a little hot sauce and l put the peas in after l turned the burner off so they stayed nice & green. It would also be a nice side dish without the chicken. Janet. VFE"

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