Cacio e Pepe Rice with Chicken

The classic Italian flavors of cacio e pepe, or cheese and pepper, work nicely with our Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice for an easy and delicious meal.

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Cacio e Pepe Rice with Chicken

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
  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Loaded with cheesy, peppery goodness, and mixed together with warm and comforting Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice, this Cacio e Pepe Rice with Chicken will add a delectable touch of Italy to your table, in only 5 minutes!

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Toss together chicken, peas and butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH for 60-90 seconds or until chicken and peas are heated through.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice, Parmesan and pepper.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute olive oil for butter, if desired.

Easy, Breezy Italian

Make an elegant meal tonight with our adapted version of this well-known, restaurant-style dish. All you need are 5 minutes and just a few simple ingredients!

We’ve taken all the traditional flavor of the classic Italian pasta dish and swapped the noodles for our hearty and convenient white rice. When mixed together, the shredded Parmesan cheese, black pepper and rice are velvety and creamy with a subtle kick. The cooked chicken in our recipe adds extra protein, while the green peas provide a sweet contrast to the pepper.

This foolproof meal makes for a perfect on-the-go lunch or a leisurely dinner to enjoy at home. If you want to make this a family dinner, be sure to double or triple the ingredient amounts, as needed.

Or, for more dinner ideas that combine chicken, grains and vegetables, take a look at our tips for making chicken and rice recipes included with our 15 Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner.

Simple Comfort Food

When life gets you down, there’s nothing like a warm and creamy rice dish to pick you back up; especially if it comes together in just a matter of minutes! So, beat the blues with some easy, tasty and comforting meals. With our Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, you can make a quick, filling and complete meal in as few as 5 minutes!

You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare something that will warm you up from the inside out. See for yourself, with our guide to comfort food for cold weather. Some delicious ideas include our Italian Meatball and Grain Bowl and our delicious Creamy Italian Mushroom Rice. Keep these recipes in your back pocket, and you can have great comfort food on the table in minutes. Once you know how, you can create dishes that are big on flavor with only a few simple ingredients, anytime and anywhere!

Alternatively, if you are a fan of Asian style rice, check out this Microwave Egg Fried Rice recipe. For something with Latin American flavor, try our easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

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