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One-Pot Chicken, Broccoli & Rice with Pesto

chicken broccoli rice pesto #festfoodsI absolutely love pesto sauce and am always looking for new ways to use it.  In this One-Pot Chicken, Broccoli & Rice dish, pesto brings together all of the ingredients to make a hearty meal: Caramelized onions and chicken breast, hearty brown rice, fresh broccoli and tangy parmesan cheese.  Talk about delicious! And instead of making the pesto from scratch {which I love to do, if I have the time}, I used Cibo Naturals pesto, which is made with fresh ingredients and tastes just like homemade! chicken broccoli rice pesto To start it off, heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot to medium-high heat.  Add the diced onion and cook until the onions start to soften and brown on the edges.  Add the diced chicken breast and cook a few more minutes, until the outside edges start to brown.  Add the brown rice and cook until translucent, 1 or 2 minutes.  Then add the pretty green broccoli florets and saute a few more minutes; Season with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Pour in the chicken broth and water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pot. {You can replace the ¼ cup water with more chicken broth, if you’d like.  I just used water for the remaining liquid because chicken broth comes in 4 cup containers and I didn’t want to open another container of chicken broth to only use ¼ cup J  Whew!  I am glad I got that off my chest!} chicken broccoli rice pesto Allow to simmer with the lid on for 50-55 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and has absorbed all of the liquid.  The dish should be semi-thick {but not pasty} and hearty, like risotto. {Note: If you are using white rice, this step will only take 15-20 minutes.} chicken broccoli rice pesto Stir in the pesto sauce.  Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.  {My stomach is growling and this smells divine!} chicken broccoli rice pesto Scoop into individual bowls and garnish with shaved parmesan cheese.  It is sooooo good, friends! chicken broccoli rice pesto

One-Pot Chicken, Broccoli & Rice

with Pesto


2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

½ medium yellow onion, diced

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced

1 ½ cups long-grain brown rice

1 ½ cups chopped broccoli (about 1 small head)

½ tsp. coarse salt

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

4 cups low sodium chicken broth

¼ cup water

6 oz. prepared pesto

¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese  


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large stock pot to medium-high heat. Add diced onion and cook 2-3 minutes; add diced chicken breast and cook 3-4 minutes, until browned.  Add brown rice and cook 1-2 minutes until translucent.  Add chopped broccoli and saute 1-2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour in chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil, place a lid on top and reduce to medium-low.  Simmer for 50-55 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed.  {Note: If using white rice, this step will only take about 15-20 minutes.}
  3. Stir in pesto. Taste and season, if necessary.
  4. Scoop in to bowls and garnish with parmesan cheese.

  Yield: 8 servings Per Serving*: Calories 360, Total Fat 17g (Saturated 3.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 410mg, Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 2g), Protein 20g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 10%, Iron 10% *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.  

Julie Andrews is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.

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