Chicken Rice Dish

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 23, 2023
Fresh early-spring asparagus and a hint of lemon dress up this tasty chicken main dish shared by ReBecca Vandiver of Bethany, Oklahoma. TIP: To round out the meal, ReBecca serves with a fresh salad and toasted garlic bread.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch diagonal pieces)
  • 1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, asparagus, rice mix with contents of seasoning packet and 2 tablespoons butter. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute chicken and salt in remaining butter until chicken is no longer pink. Add the carrot, lemon juice, garlic and lemon zest if desired; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until carrot is crisp-tender. Stir into rice mixture.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 365 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 777mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.