Today I’m taking a trip down memory lane with this recipe. I distinctly remember the night I came up with the brilliant idea to add a can of tomatoes and some chicken to a pot of yellow rice. Boy, you would have thought I’d just discovered I was a master chef, I was so proud of myself. This was years ago when I had just recently moved out onto my own, so don’t laugh too much at me!
I realize now that it’s not exactly the masterpiece I thought it was back then, but I’m okay with that. I’m not a master chef, I’m just an ordinary girl who loves to cook, and I hope I never lose the joy that cooking gives me. I really had to chuckle a little when I thought back to how I even had to make this dish for my parents the next time I was home visiting (though I’m sure they don’t even remember it!).
These days I generally stay away from boxed mixes and that sort of thing, but one thing I do buy regularly is yellow rice. I’ve tried to make it at home myself without any luck. So I just have to buy it instead!
Here’s our ingredients for this one pot wonder. Yep, three. That’s it. If you’ve never tried yellow rice before, do yourself a favor and rectify that situation immediately. Trust me, you’ll thank me. It’s yummy stuff. And if you have access to Rotel tomatoes, I highly recommend using a can of that instead of plain tomatoes. Unfortunately, we are deprived of Rotel where I live.
Very simply, cook up your yellow rice then stir in the chicken and tomatoes, like so. I think adding a can of beans at this point would be a really nice addition. Black, pinto, or even pink beans. Jay, however, is picky about any beans that aren’t in baked form so I was nice and left them out.
And if you want, sprinkle on a little cheese.
Thanks for coming along with me on this trip down memory lane 🙂
Chicken and Yellow Rice
- 1 box yellow rice
- 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes (or Rotel tomatoes)
- 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
- optional additions: canned beans, shredded cheese
Cook yellow rice according to package directions. Stir in tomatoes, chicken, and beans (if using). Let simmer 5-10 minutes until bubbly and heated thru. Sprinkle servings with cheese, if desired.