Chicken, Spinach & Rice Skillet

I may have mentioned how much we are liking skillet dinners.

I like them because they’re easy; mon mari likes them because there’s only one pan.

He’s the dishwasher.

We’ve always meant to buy one – a dishwasher, that is, but have just not gotten around to it.

The space is there, the plumbing is there, but I think it’s full of wine at the moment.


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Chicken, Spinach & Rice Skillet

I always have spinach in my freezer to make these easy meals. Sometimes I don’t even bother to thaw it….

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: One Dish Dinners
  • Method: Skillet


  • 2 chicken breasts, (12oz, 360gr total) boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8oz (240gr) spinach, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250ml) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice


  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion, pepper, celery, and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add chili powder, paprika, garlic, and sauté briefly.
  • Add chicken and sauté until it starts to brown, 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, spinach, oregano, broth, and stir well.
  • Add rice, stir well, and bring to a simmer.
  • Turn heat down if needed, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking, add more broth if needed.
  • Serve from skillet.


I used frozen spinach, thawed, drained but not squeezed dry. If you use fresh spinach add 1/4 cup of water to make sure rice has enough liquid.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 537
  • Sugar: 8.5 g
  • Sodium: 711.8 mg
  • Fat: 13.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57.1 g
  • Fiber: 7.6 g
  • Protein: 48.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 126.6 mg
Chicken, Spinach, & Rice Skillet

Or there’s Chicken, Cauliflower, Rice Skillet

That’s all for this day – I’m out of time and out of words… I used both up at my monthly book club meeting.

Luckily I was rewarded with cake!

8 thoughts on “Chicken, Spinach & Rice Skillet”

  1. YUM!!

    Did I mention hubs had his right knee replaced Monday? He had his right knee replaced Monday. This has been a long week…

    I like cake!

  2. I’m told knee replacement is a tough recovery – and long. Unlike hip which is pretty easy. Rehab in the future? Yes, long week!
    More cake!

    • It’s tough, but he was back to work in five weeks with the last one. Using a cane, but back. And that knee was “a mess” according to the doc after the surgery. This knee wasn’t quite as bad so I’m hoping he’ll be back in the same amount of time. I’m not sure what’s harder. His recovery or my constant fetch and carry for him. I know, that sounds terrible, but he’s a terrible patient once he gets home. I have to push him to do the therapy at home and he doesn’t like to do that. He’ll do it for the physical terrorists, but I guess since I’m his wife, he shouldn’t have to for me. I keep telling him he’s not doing it for me, he’s doing it for him. He’ll get there though. Two new knees means he’ll finally be able to get stuff done again. He’s been pretty angry about not being able to do that for a long time now.

      • I totally understand the terrible patient – although I do get the occasional ‘thank you’. Still – it’s pretty wonderful that this stuff can be fixed. He plans on having a knee done soon Sigh…

        • One thing I will mention, the longer they wait, the worse their body gets out of alignment because of the overcompensation to trying to walk differently because of the pain and such, and that’s one of the hard things about the recovery after is adjusting to walking correctly again because now, everything else hurts. Two edged sword…

          • Ran into that issue with the hips – he ‘didn’t need’ the physio and still doesn’t walk quite correctly. Maybe he’ll remember….

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