Chicken Bacon and Rice Bowls Recipe

Ingredients

Rice: 1 cup uncooked rice of your choice (white, brown, jasmine, basmati)

Chicken: 1-1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

Bacon: 4-6 slices thick-cut bacon

Vegetables

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Optional: 1 cup other vegetables like broccoli florets, bell peppers, mushrooms

Seasonings

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Broth: 1 ½ – 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (amount depends on the type of rice)

Oil: 1 tablespoon olive oil

Optional Toppings

  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc.)
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

Utensils and Equipment

  • Large skillet or Dutch oven
  • Medium saucepan

Instructions

1. Cook the rice: Follow the package directions for your chosen type of rice.

2. Prep the ingredients

  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Dice the bacon.
  • Chop the onion and any other vegetables you’re using.

3. Cook the bacon

  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy.
  • Remove the bacon and set it aside, leaving some of the bacon grease in the pan.

4. Cook the chicken

  • Add the olive oil to the pan (if needed) and increase the heat to medium-high.
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  • Cook the chicken until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

5. Sauté the vegetables

  • Add the onion and any other vegetables to the pan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

6. Combine and simmer

  • Return the chicken and bacon to the pan.
  • Add the uncooked rice and chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer according to your rice package directions (usually 15-20 minutes for white rice and longer for brown rice).

7. Finish and serve

  • When the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, fluff with a fork.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Serve in bowls and top with your desired toppings like cheese, fresh herbs, avocado, sour cream, or hot sauce.

Tips and Variations

Make it spicy: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of your favorite hot sauce.

Change the flavor profile: Use a different seasoning blend instead of Italian seasoning, like Mexican, Cajun, or Asian-inspired spices.

Boost the veggies: Add even more vegetables for a healthier and more filling meal.

Use leftover rotisserie chicken: Save time by using pre-cooked, shredded chicken.

For added creaminess: Stir in a splash of heavy cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt at the end.

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