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Easy Smoked Paprika Chicken Baked Rice Recipe


Being a full-time working mamma, it's often hard to find the time to spend hours cooking a meal from scratch, and lately, we've been stuck in a slump of cooking the same easy weekday meals over and over again which means we're getting bored over and over again with what we're having for tea. I am one more plate of spaghetti bolegense away from turning into actual lump of pasta.

I was racking my brains a few days ago about what would be an easy, fuss-free but customisable meal that I could cook throughout the week, and after turning to the internet for inspiration, I came across a baked rice recipe that sounded AMAZING and the best thing about baked rice recipes, is that you can switch it up and come up with so many variants and alternative ingredients depending on what you fancy.

Most of the recipes I found online had the same base ingredients, so I took that as a general starting point and then I added whatever I fancied to it, and I'm glad to report that it turned out delicious.

Prep time: 15 minutes > cooking time: 25 minutes

You will need (serves 4):
  • 500g of microwaveable rice
  • 300g of passata
  • 50ml of chicken stock
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic paste
  • 500g diced chicken 
  • Any vegetables of your choosing
Method

Preheat your oven to 160C.

Cook off the diced chicken in a frying pan & add 300g of passata.

Add in a good dollop of garlic paste, a good sprinkling of smoked paprika & 50ml of chicken stock & then add your vegetables of choice. You can add in half of the chicken stock if you wish, and then gradually add in more if you think the recipe needs it depending on how loose you want the rice to be.

Microwave the rice & then add it into the mixture & give it a good stir.

Transfer the mixture into a casserole dish & place in the oven for 25 minutes.

AND THAT'S IT.

The beauty of this dish is that you can make it any way you like. If you like a bit of spice you could add in chilli flakes. If you want to use Quorn chicken to make it veggie you can also do that. It's a proper comfort food kinda dish that doesn't take forever to prepare & cook - winner!

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