Butternut Squash and Chicken Rice

Made with sweet butternut squash and rich pecans, this simple rice dish is a quick and comforting meal that’s ready in just 5 minutes!

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Butternut Squash and Chicken Rice

Cooking time PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 2 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 2 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice
  • 1 cup frozen, diced butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup shredded, cooked chicken
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans


  • You’ll love this simple chicken and rice dish made with Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice and butternut squash. Drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, it’s full of flavor and makes a great on-the-go meal!

    Step 1

  • Combine rice, butternut squash and chicken in a small, microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients are heated through.

    Step 2

  • Drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with pecans.

    Recipe Tip

    As an alternative to the balsamic vinaigrette, stir together 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey with 1 tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce or Dijon mustard.

Fall Flavors

Using vegetables, like butternut squash and pumpkin, or fruits, such as apples and pears, is a great way to upgrade many chicken and rice recipes with seasonal ingredients. If you’re the type of person who can’t wait for the autumn season to arrive, make sure to check out our other seasonal fall ingredient additions to make more tasty meals in just 5-10 minutes.

Dinner in 5

Making quick and filling dinners using pantry staples is easy! Just make sure to include grains, protein, vegetables, and a sauce, or additional topping. By using this simple No Recipe Recipe Formula you can enjoy this meal and so many more!

This recipe calls for Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice. Then, we add store-bought rotisserie chicken, or leftover turkey or chicken, for protein. For vegetables, we use leftover, roasted or frozen butternut squash. Balsamic vinaigrette and a few pecans work wonders as our sauce and garnish!

We love this recipe as is, but feel free to mix and match to make a meal just the way you want. Looking for more quick meal ideas? Stock up on more white rice for this Turkey Meatball and Rice Chili, made with turkey meatballs, corn, beans, red enchilada sauce and guacamole. Or, for something simpler, check out this Microwave Egg Fried Rice recipe or this Mexican Rice Recipe.

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