One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice

  • 15MINS
  • 40MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 443KCAL

Who can resist a one pot wonder? We’ve baked tender chicken, veg and rice in a punchy blend of spices for an easy weekday dinner.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories443
  • Carbs56g
  • Protein37g
  • Fat5.6g
  • Saturates1.4g
  • Sugars11g

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In the middle of the week we love to make a recipe that saves on time, calories and washing up! This One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice is just what you need – it’s hearty and filling, quick and easy, and packed with flavours. 

Anything that can be cooked in one pot is always a winner with us, and this recipe is no exception. We’ve coated the chicken in a homemade seasoning that’s similar to Cajun spice, a mixture of herbs and spices that brings just the right amount of smokiness and spiciness to your ingredients. 

On the table in under an hour, this is a super easy recipe to batch cook. Leftovers are ideal for later in the week, or freeze them for when you need a low calorie, slimming friendly meal in a hurry. 

What diets is this One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice suitable for?

This One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice recipe is suitable for anyone following a dairy free diet. It can be made gluten free as long as you use a gluten free stock cube. 

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice?

Nope! You don’t need any unusual ingredients to make this recipe, although there are a couple of bits of equipment that will make it easier:

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Amazing flavours I didn't have a casserole dish with a lid so wrapped it tightly with foil and the rice and everything else was cooked perfectly
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Easy recipe, converted to Instant Pot, YUMMY
To save electric, converted to cook in my Instant pot, reduced qty of stock & rice, cooked manual high 8 min, NPR 5. Delicious! 2 portions left, cooled quickly (as rice needs to be) into the freezer and will be reheated as required in Instant Pot.

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You will need a large casserole dish with a lid that can be used both on the hob and in the oven. This one is ideal and will come in handy for so many different recipes. 

A fruit squeezer like this will make it easier to extract the juice from your lemons. You can also use it to juice other citrus fruits such as oranges and limes. 

How many calories are in this One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice?

This One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice is included in our Weekly Indulgence category because it contains 443 calories per portion.

If you’re counting calories or following one of the popular diet plans like Weight Watchers, this recipe fits in perfectly!

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Step 2

Mix together all the ingredients for the spice mix and use half to coat the chicken pieces.

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Step 3

Spray the casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium to high heat. When hot, add the chicken pieces and cook for 2 minutes each side. Remove from pan and place to one side.

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Step 4

Give the pan another spray and add the onions and peppers. Sauté for 5 minutes until beginning to soften.

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Step 5

Add the beans and courgette, then add the remaining spice mix and garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring to ensure everything is well combined.

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Step 6

Stir in the rice, then add the tomatoes, stock and lemon juice.

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Step 7

Stir in the tomato puree, then return the chicken pieces to the pan.

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Step 8

When it begins to bubble, cover with a tight fitting lid and place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Step 9

Remove from the oven and serve with the lemon wedges.

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What could I serve with this One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice?

This recipe is a hearty meal all on its own! You don’t need to serve anything extra but if you wanted you could serve some extra veg or a salad to help you reach your 5-a-day:

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How do you know when One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice is cooked?

You should cook this One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice until the chicken is cooked all the way through, with no pinkness left inside. The vegetables should be tender and the rice should have softened. 

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, you should eat it as soon as possible. 

If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature the spores inside it can start to grow into bacteria. This bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

You should remember to do the following if you want to batch cook and store leftover rice dishes:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice?

Yes you can! As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Make sure it’s cooled and frozen as soon as possible after cooking (you can freeze in batches to speed this up).
  • Always reheat until piping hot, and never more than once.

How do I reheat One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring halfway through, until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and then reheat as above. 

For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.

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One Pot Chicken and Tomato Rice

Who can resist a one pot wonder? We’ve baked tender chicken, veg and rice in a punchy blend of spices for an easy weekday dinner.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 443
  • Carbs 56G

Ingredients

  • 600 g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut in half
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 medium courgette, diced
  • 100 g green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube, made up with 400ml boiling water
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 lemon, half juiced, half cut into 4 wedges
  • 225g long grain rice
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the spice mix

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp onion granules
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like things really spicy)
  • pinch of salt
  • a good pinch of black pepper

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the spice mix and use half to coat the chicken pieces.
  3. Spray the casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium to high heat. When hot, add the chicken pieces and cook for 2 minutes each side. Remove from pan and place to one side.
  4. Give the pan another spray and add the onions and peppers. Sauté for 5 minutes until beginning to soften.
  5. Add the beans and courgette, then add the remaining spice mix and garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring to ensure everything is well combined.
  6. Stir in the rice, then add the tomatoes, stock and lemon juice.
  7. Stir in the tomato puree, then return the chicken pieces to the pan.
  8. When it begins to bubble, cover with a tight fitting lid and place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve with the lemon wedges.

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Recipe notes

Tip: You can substitute the spice mix for Cajun seasoning if you prefer.

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Sue GlennThursday 10th March 2022

Money saving tip! I converted this to cook in the Instant pot, I reduced the amount of stock and rice used cooked on high pressure 8 min, NPR 5. Delicious! 2 portions left, cooled quickly (as rice needs to be) into the freezer and will be reheated in the Instant pot when wanted, from frozen if need be. Another quick meal sorted!

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    HollyFriday 11th March 2022

    Hey Sue, thanks so much for your Instant Pot cooking advice! There are more tips plus a timing chart HERE in our Instant Pot conversion guide.

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Valerie AhernTuesday 8th March 2022

Great recipe, made this tonight- extremely easy to make and very tasty! Added a few chilli flakes in place of the cayenne pepper. Scrummy!

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    HollyThursday 10th March 2022

    Hi Valerie, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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Jill JamesTuesday 8th March 2022

This looks amazing. would it be possible to cook this in a slow cooker instead of the oven?

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    HollyThursday 10th March 2022

    Hey Jill, we haven’t tested this recipe in the slow cooker but we have a handy article HERE which talks through how to convert recipes for slow cooking and also has a handy time conversion chart. Hope that helps!

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