Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 20 Mins
Yield
Makes 6 servings

Combine one-dish cooking with a flavorful rice dinner recipe, and you’ve got our attention. This chicken and shrimp recipe does just that. A dish that will have the whole family coming back for a spoonful (or two) more, this hearty chicken and shrimp combination mixes in Southern staples, like okra and plum tomatoes, for a flavorful meal in just one pan.

Although chicken thighs and fresh shrimp are the stars of this rice skillet recipe, simple substitutions can also give this dish a tasty twist. Instead of chicken, try sausage. You can also swap crabmeat for shrimp. Create a vegetarian rice dinner recipe option by omitting the proteins, substituting in vegetable stock, and considering the addition of other vegetables as well.

We love any meal that makes clean-up a breeze. With just one skillet in the mix, this recipe will let you step away from the sink after dinner just a little faster. That’s a win in our kitchen.  

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook rice according to package directions, substituting chicken broth for water and adding fresh thyme sprigs to broth. Spread cooked rice in a thin layer on a baking sheet; discard thyme sprigs. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Step 2

Meanwhile, toss together chicken pieces, 2 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add yellow onion, green pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Increase heat to high.

Step 3

Stir in okra, rice, shrimp, red pepper, and remaining salt and black pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and rice is thoroughly heated. Stir in tomatoes, and cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes are thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with sliced green onions. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

We tested with Swanson Natural Goodness 33% Less Sodium Chicken Broth.