Spanish Chicken and Rice

This Spanish Chicken and Rice dish combines flavorful ingredients, including red pepper, tomatoes, broth and garlic, into a delicious, quick meal.

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Spanish Chicken and Rice

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) Spanish-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric (optional)
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice


  • In just 4 simple steps, you can enjoy a hearty and satisfying meal bursting with flavor and color! Try this quick, easy and delicious Spanish Chicken and Rice, and you’ll be thrilled that you did.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    Step 2

  • Add the chicken, onions and bell peppers, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned, 3-5 minutes.

    Step 3

  • Add the tomatoes, broth, peas, garlic powder and turmeric, if using. Bring to a boil.

    Step 4

  • Stir in rice. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, or until rice is tender.

    Recipe Tip

    To make Quick and Easy Paella, add 1/2 pound raw, peeled and deveined medium shrimp at the same time as the tomatoes in Step 3.

One-Pan Meal

Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean any day of the week with this flavorful, Spanish-style meal! This well-balanced Spanish Chicken and Rice dish combines hearty grains, savory vegetables and protein into one quick and easy meal. Skip the hassle of kitchen cleanup and get right to enjoying your meal with this simple one-pan dish, made with Minute® Instant White Rice.

Spanish Rice Cooking Tips

Any great dish should start with a flavorful base. By sautéing the chicken, onions and bell pepper together in olive oil, then adding the tomatoes, chicken broth, peas and garlic powder, you’re creating a base layer of flavor for your rice to absorb.

The turmeric adds a mild flavor and a burst of color, giving this dish a vibrant red and orange hue, reminiscent of Spanish paella. Let your rice simmer and absorb all of that flavor for a quick lunch or dinner you can enjoy in no time!

Versatile Substitutions

This dish isn’t just easy to make — it’s also incredibly versatile! Swap the chicken for shrimp for a completely different meal, or make a vegetarian dish by omitting the meat altogether and swapping it for mushrooms or other vegetables. You can also mix things up by using your favorite veggies instead of the ones listed.

For another delicious option, try our Red Beans and Rice recipe. Or our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.

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