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It’s the typical weeknight dilemma. We want to eat healthy, delicious meals, but time is scarce. Thankfully you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or quality to fit a nutritious meal into your weekly schedule. This Creamy Italian Chicken and Wild Rice comes together in less than an hour and can be made in one pan for easy cleanup!
The Secret to Faster Wild Rice
Unlike white or even brown rice, wild rice has a much longer cook time. So how are we getting it on the table quickly? Wildly organics hand parched wild rice cooks in about 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for a quick dinner. To make the process even faster, you can also cook and freeze the rice ahead of time. Batch cooking rice makes it easy to freeze portions and reheat as needed.
Creamy Italian Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe
For this recipe I made the rice in my pressure cooker (instant pot). It makes perfectly soft, yet slightly chewy rice in less than 15 minutes. Twelve minutes of cook time in the pressure cooker with a quick release leaves a slight chew on the rice (and was our favorite!). If you want it a little softer, then after cooking allow it to set for five minutes before releasing the pressure.
Chicken breasts are used in a lot of recipes because they’re versatile, but I actually prefer chicken thighs. The dark meat is more flavorful, costs less, and the skin yields a crispy texture to the dish. If you like white meat though, then by all means use chicken breast if desired.
Have you tried Wildly Organic Italian Dressing yet? It’s the star of this dish! Not only is it great for topping salads, but it’s perfection in this creamy chicken and rice dish.
The cream cheese adds another level of flavor to the dish and helps cut the acidity from the Italian dressing. However, if your family is avoiding dairy, the cheese can be omitted or replaced with a vegan version. Most pre-packaged vegan cream cheese is made with soy, but this cashew “cream” is a healthy alternative.
The vegetables in this recipe can be quickly chopped while the chicken cooks, but there’s an even faster option. Most stores have pre-chopped bags of frozen onions and bell peppers. These are nice to have on hand to throw into stir fries, soups, and this creamy Italian chicken and wild rice.
Want more easy weeknight dinners? Make these recipes!
- Hearty paleo beef and mushroom stew
- Easy sheet pan roasted sausage and vegetables
- Instant pot sloppy joes
- Greek style salad with olive oil dressing in 10 minutes