Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

When we say zesty here, we mean spicy! This recipe really wakes up the average chicken with brown rice dinner. Chicken is cooked with fresh veggies, tomatoes, and chili sauce–a condiment like ketchup, with a kick. Want a milder version?  Substitute plain tomato sauce.

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Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

When we say zesty here, we mean spicy! This recipe really wakes up the average chicken with brown rice dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken with brown rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 447 kcal
Author Openfit


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided use
  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 medium celery stalks chopped
  • 1 lb. raw chicken breasts boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes low sodium or no salt added
  • ½ cup all-natural chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried basil)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp. dried parsley)
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Heat _1 Tbsp._oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add rice; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until rice starts to crackle.
  3. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat; cook for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until rice is tender and fluffy.
  4. While rice is cooking, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add chicken and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  7. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, chili sauce, basil, parsley, and red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; gently boil, covered, for 10 minutes.
  8. Divide rice between four serving plates; top evenly with chicken mixture.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 32g 64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

Zesty Chicken with Brown Rice

Photos by Kirsten Morningstar