Believe me, I know how challenging dinner can sometimes be. It’s hard to think of an entrée, plus healthy side dishes. What I love about this recipe is that this skillet can be all in one.
No need to make and serve everything separately – this dish is similar to a stir-fry or paella. It’s a quick and easy dish to prepare and is packed with protein, veggies and rice and it can be made in less than 30 minutes!
Our family schedule is very dependent upon our kids’ games and practice schedules, so I like meals that can be ready in as little time as possible. This all-in-one Skillet Rice with Shrimp and Chicken recipe, with a tangy hint of fresh lemons, is a big time-saver.
The base for the recipe is extra long-grain rice by Mahatma. Rice is a healthy, great-tasting choice for side dishes and delicious main courses.
If you happen to love salty, bold and vibrant flavors, I have a little secret to share with you. Instead of boiling your rice in water, try cooking rice with chicken broth.
First, toast the rice with a bit of butter and sautéed onions, and then slow simmer it in an organic chicken broth for the tastiest white rice.
Cooking your rice in broth provides a delicious, savory flavor that easily transforms plain white rice into something special.
Chicken and shrimp go together surprisingly well, and this dish is no exception. Garlic, lemon and simple Mexican-style seasonings flavor the chicken and shrimp mixture.
I made a simple marinade of fresh lemon juice, garlic and spices and divided it between two plastic bags. One bag filled with shrimp and the other filled with chicken, bell peppers, jalapeños and green onions.
The chicken cooks with the veggies in a separate skillet while the rice cooks in a pot. Once the chicken is cooked, it is then cut up and the mixture is lightly tossed in with the rice. I recommend using large shrimp for this recipe. You should also buy the shrimp peeled and deveined if you can. It helps ensure that the preparation process is as quick and easy as possible.
Use the leftover yummy pan drippings from the chicken skillet and a bit of butter for the perfect mixture to cook up the shrimp.
Shrimp cooks super quickly! It only needs a few minutes. Once it turns pink and opaque, it’s ready. If you cook it too long, it’ll become rubbery.
Once the shrimp is cooked, it’s time to add to the rice. Voila! A beautiful and delicious dinner is served.
Chicken and Shrimp:
Chicken and Shrimp:
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