one skillet (or Instant Pot) creamy dill chicken and rice

creamy dill chicken and rice

Stovetop or Instant Pot, this easy dinner is healthy, balanced, and though it may be an unappetizing brown, it’s sure to please even the pickiest of palates! Unless that palate doesn’t like mushrooms… can’t do much about that. 

Lately, I’ve been into making dinners with leftover rice. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll make rice with no intention of eating it that day, so that I have “leftovers” the next day. Let’s just pretend that I’m an incredibly organized person and it’s all part of my master meal plan for the week….

If you are one of those incredibly organized people then you might like this idea though: while you’re making supper one night, start prepping for the next night! That way the next day, you can quickly whip up dinner.

No worries if you’re more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person: I’ve got you covered with an Instant Pot version as well!

creamy dill chicken and rice

 

why this creamy dill chicken and rice is a smart choice

This recipe has a whole pound of mushrooms! Mushrooms are a delicious, accessible, economic healthfood. They contain a compound called L-ergothioneine that not only acts as an antioxidant but also increases your body’s production of other antioxidants! Mushrooms also contain many vitamins and minerals such as selenium, copper, niacin, and pantothenic acid.

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creamy dill chicken and rice

One Skillet Creamy Dill Chicken and Rice


  • Author: Jessica Penner
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup chicken stock (or ½ tsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon and ½ cup water)
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter.
  2. Saute the onions and celery until the onions are starting to soften.
  3. Then add the mushrooms, basil, oregano, salt, and diced chicken. Saute until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Then add the rice, cream cheese, and chicken stock. Stir to combine.
  5. Then add the fresh dill, simmer for 1 minute.
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instant pot creamy dill chicken and rice


  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup brown rice (SEE NOTE)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon paste (I like the Better Than Bouillon brand)
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion, mushrooms, and celery.
  2. Put the butter into the Instant Pot and select SAUTE.
  3. Add the veggies and saute until soft and most of the liquid is gone.
  4. Press CANCEL.
  5. Add the brown rice, water, chicken, and bouillon.
  6. Stir everything together.
  7. Secure the lid and make sure the pressure knob is on SEALING.
  8. Select MANUAL and adjust to 22 minutes.
  9. When the time is done, use a natural release of 10 minutes.
  10. Open and stir in the cream cheese, peas, and dill.
  11. It may look brown, lifeless, and unappetizing but it tastes delicious!

Notes

You MUST use brown rice for this recipe. If you use white rice it will be way overcooked.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 493
  • Sugar: 9
  • Fat: 16
  • Carbohydrates: 58
  • Fiber: 7.5
  • Protein: 30

Calories: 364 | Fat: 15.5g | Carbs: 32.5g | Fibre: 4g | Sugar: 5.5g | Protein: 25g 

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16 Comments on “one skillet (or Instant Pot) creamy dill chicken and rice”

  1. Made it for supper …. it was delicious and creamy and dilly and tasted like summer. And the kitchen wasn’t even a disaster afterwards! Love one-skillet meals!

  2. Jessica,
    I might be crazy but I can not figure out how to view the ingredient list and recipe. I know I found it the other day because I wrote it down on my grocery list. Is there any way you can email it to me? I was going to make this for dinner tonight. Thanks so much!

    1. You’re not crazy! Thanks for leaving a message. I was trying something new with the recipe plug-in and didn’t realize the recipes weren’t displaying! Should be working now but I’ll email you as well 🙂

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