The Best Recipes To Try When You're Craving Chicken And Rice

From Latin American cuisine to Indian cuisine, and from Chinese cuisine to Cajun cuisine, chicken and rice is a yummy combination that thrills taste buds in virtually every corner of the Earth. Even though this combo might sound yawn-inducing to a novice, chicken and rice connoisseurs know that there's absolutely nothing boring about the flavor of these dishes.

Beyond being tasty, chicken and rice can both be beneficial to your health and well-being. Chicken is high in protein and also contains essential nutrients such as vitamin A and vitamin B. Rice is a naturally gluten-free food that can lower your risk of cancer, improve the health of your heart, and supply you with the energy that you need to get through the day.

If you're looking to satisfy a craving for chicken and rice, look no further. We have gathered six Mashed recipes that are easy to follow and will result in a scrumptious dish powered by chicken and rice.

One pan tomato basil chicken and rice

For a dish that combines everything you love about arroz con pollo and everything you love about Italian food, check out this recipe for one pan tomato basil chicken and rice. As the name of the recipe suggests, you will do all of your cooking in one pan. That keeps things simple and makes cleanup a breeze.

Once this dish is ready, it will look similar to arroz con pollo but due to the addition of tomato basil sauce and parmesan cheese, the taste will have a definite Italian flair.

One-pot chicken and rice

If you're looking to fill your belly with hearty comfort food, follow this recipe for one-pot chicken and rice. You will need a dutch oven or at least a suitable substitute. This chicken and rice has unforgettable savory goodness and wholesome additions such as carrots, celery, and onion.

Picky eaters will enjoy that this dish is friendly to sensitive palates. However, if you want to kick things up a notch, you can add hot sauce or flakes of red pepper and it will still taste amazing.

One-pot chicken teriyaki

Here's another one-pot recipe — but with an Asian-inspired twist. One-pot chicken teriyaki only requires seven ingredients but the resulting food will blow you away. The first thing you'll notice is a pleasing level of sweetness with each bite, but it's the flavor of the chicken that will have you licking your bowl to ensure you don't miss out on any of the yumminess.

Interestingly, instead of purchasing a bottle of teriyaki sauce, this recipe has you make your own by combining sugar, soy sauce, and sake.

Butter chicken

If you're intimidated by Indian cuisine but your craving for curry featuring chicken and rice won't be denied, this butter chicken recipe is the perfect introduction to the world of making your own Indian curry. While you'll need 20 minutes of prep time and 40 minutes of cook time, you will agree that it was well worth the time and effort once you taste this creamy dish that has the optimal mix of tanginess and sweetness.

Chicken curry

This chicken curry recipe is another one that will knock your socks off. Due primarily to the presence of curry powder, garam masala, ginger, garlic, and coconut milk, this flavorful curry is sure to become a favorite in your home. You will only need about half an hour from beginning to end to make this dish, yet each spoonful is exploding with so much flavor that everyone who tries it will think that it took hours to make.

Chicken biryani

Experience a chicken and rice masterpiece with this chicken biryani recipe. While also inspired by Indian cuisine like the last two recipes, this dish isn't a curry. It actually looks like chicken fried rice that you'd get at a Chinese restaurant, however, it has a vibrant taste and a liveliness that is unmistakably Indian. If you want to add even more flavor and texture diversity, you can even add golden raisins to it before you chow down.