Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice

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The Easy Mediterranean Diet Dinner Recipe Combination

Cooking wild rice and using it in this Mediterranean dish makes it easy to prepare a simple meal in a short amount of time. This Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice combines so many ingredients that are key to a successful and healthy Mediterranean Diet. Chicken, bell pepper, onion, extra virgin olive oil, wild rice, black beans, Parmesan cheese and walnuts come together to create the perfect balance.

Does cooking wild rice make this an inexpensive Mediterranean Diet Recipe?

The ingredients to make this dish are inexpensive. You will need 2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, bell pepper, onion, olive oil, wild rice, black beans, Parmesan cheese and chopped walnuts. There are no expensive spices or extras to buy.

Is this recipe healthy?

Cooking with boneless and skinless chicken is a nutritious choice. There is no added fat from cooking with the skin on. It is much healthier than using rotisserie chicken that has been cooked with the skin on it. Cooking wild rice is easy and healthy. Olive oil is the heart healthy choice for oils and walnuts add an extra heart healthy benefit. Black beans and wild rice are great for fiber and bell peppers are high in vitamin C. Parmesan cheese is the highest source of calcium when choosing a cheese to use.

How to Make Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice

It takes just a few ingredients to create this inexpensive Mediterranean diet recipe. Combine uncooked chicken, bell peppers, and onions and saute in a skillet for 10 minutes. Add cooked wild rice and black beans and heat thoroughly. Finish with a spectacular dash of Parmesan cheese and chopped walnuts. You can make a double batch to be sure to have delicious leftovers for lunches for work.

Follow the recipe below to see how easy it is to stay on course with your healthy eating goals. Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice

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Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts: sliced and cut into small chunks
  • 1 bell pepper: chopped
  • 1 onion: chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 6 oz. box Uncle Ben's Original Wild Rice: prepared according to package directions. Drain most of the water off.
  • 1 15 oz.can black beans: drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

1

Slice uncooked chicken breasts into 4 or 5 strips and cut each strip into 4 or 5 cubes. Set aside.

2

Cook wild rice according to package directions. Set aside.

3

Chop bell pepper and onion into small pieces. Set aside.

4

Pour 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil into a large nonstick skillet. Turn to high heat.

5

Add uncooked chicken chunks, chopped onions and bell peppers and saute, stirring frequently, on high heat for 5 minutes.

6

Turn heat to medium and saute an additional 4 or 5 minutes, stirring frequently until chicken is cooked through and bell peppers and onions are soft.

7

Add prepared wild rice and drained/rinsed beans to chicken, bell pepper, onion mixture in skillet. Cook 3 or 4 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly until heated through.

8

Remove skillet from heat and place mixture on individual serving plates. Top with Parmesan cheese and chopped walnuts. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

Can use 2 cups dried black beans cooked in instant post. See our recipe for black beans in instant pot. Can use feta cheese in place of Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in microwave, topping with cheese and walnuts after reheating.

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