Chicken, Rice, & Winter Squash Skillet

We like most of the dishes I make.

I have enough practice in the kitchen that I don’t often combine ingredients that should stay apart.

That being said, I also don’t often make a dish that we love at first bite.

Like, yes; love, not so often.

This was one….

I also don’t usually repeat recipes close together.

I’ve made this 3 times in as many weeks.

I honestly don’t know why this was so good…. nothing special.

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Chicken, Rice, & Winter Squash Skillet

Simple, skillet dinner that is light on calories and heavy on flavors. Plus it’s ready with minimum prep.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Skillet

Ingredients

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  • 10oz (300gr) chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8oz (250gr) winter squash, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs parsley
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 1/8 cup (275ml) chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion, squash, and sauté until they start to get tender, 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, chicken, and sauté until chicken starts to brown
  • Add remaining ingredients, except yogurt, stir well, cover, reduce heat slightly and cook 16  minutes until rice is done.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • When ready, stir in yogurt and serve.

Notes

Substitute sour cream for yogurt – or cream cheese (more calories).
Use any winter squash – butternut, Hokaido, pumpkin…

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 536
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 999.2 mg
  • Fat: 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.6 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 42.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 112.4 mg

Keywords: skillet chicken, chicken rice,, winter squash

Skillet Chicken & Rice

It was nice enough yesterday that I was able to get a little spring clean-up done.

I kept getting distracted by the low hum I heard everywhere.

The bees were happy to have some sunshine and all of the flowering trees were buzzing.

It’s not easy to take a photo of a busy bee – not even fat bumble bees.

He paused just long enough for the photo.

Of course it was about my 20th attempt….

5 thoughts on “Chicken, Rice, & Winter Squash Skillet”

  1. Yesterday was mixed here. It got to 44, but the sun played hide and seek all day. I was glad it was warmer. I let my sixth mouse go yesterday. I have no idea why we have so many this year. It’s the third time in the seven years we’ve been here that they’ve found a way in. I’d hoped taking them to the back of our acreage would suffice, but the adage is true. You must take them at least a mile away or they’ll find their way back, so off they go to the camp about two miles from us and I let them go there. No houses, lots and lots of weeds and brush and places to hide and food. Their little lives, I’m sure, mean as much to them as mine does to me. This morning though we have snow again and I have two more so they’ll have to put up with that.

    I had the ‘this is really great’ happen with the Cheesy Chicken I make. I had no idea how it would turn out, but the family loved it first bite so it went in the rotation and we had it often. Now that chicken is more expensive than pork here, I’m not buying it often. One whole boneless breast is almost $14. Ridiculous. I can buy steak for that price!

    • We always have mice. When there is an attached barn one tends to get critters. I don’t mind the mice but the rats we had last year were too much. They’re so destructive. I do wish they would all just stay in the barn, tho. I hate finding out they’ve been in the kitchen.
      Isn’t it funny how things we make (or I make) out of desperation / cleaning the fridge turn out so well?

  2. That does look delicious!

    In re your FB comment about this: “Color is kind of boring, tho….”: Why not scatter a little parsley overtop? Or perhaps add a few green peas?

    I LOVE that your bees are returning. (No blossoms here yet, but we saw two robins today.)

      • Your chives are up? I’m SO envious. (J’adore hard-boiled eggs with chives.)

        I cannot wait to hear our bees. Maybe the weather forecast is wrong about the possibility of flurries this week and it will be sooner rather than later that the bees emerge?

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