Skillet Chicken and Rice with Corn and Tomatoes

July 8, 2013 · 7 comments

in chicken/poultry,dairy-free,healthy,quick and easy

One of the hardest parts about going back to work after a second child (besides, of course, the inevitable difficulty of leaving your children for so long each day) is the evening routine. It’s HARD. Ours is compounded by the fact that our kids are at two different daycares/schools, so pick up takes even more time. If Tom gets both kids, I start dinner and then he finishes it up while I feed Ian. If we each pick up a kid, then I feed Ian, Tom starts dinner, and I finish it. Then there’s the whole eating thing, trying to get some time with the kids, and bedtime routines. I really have no idea how single parents do it. Hell, I don’t know how parents of more than 2 do it, either. As soon as the kids start outnumbering the parents, things must get exponentially more difficult.

At any rate, you can see why it’s important to have quick and easy meals during the week. Tom is pretty good about starting or finishing dinner but things have to be laid out really clearly. I mean, this is the guy who mistakenly used a cup of baking powder in cupcakes instead of a teaspoon and who last week mixed cornmeal instead of cornstarch into an Asian sauce. This meal is pretty easy and straightforward, though. Rice is par-cooked in the microwave to make sure the chicken doesn’t get dried out as the rice finishes cooking in the skillet. The chicken and rice are quickly finished off in one pan, leaving you about 10 minutes to play trains, make silly faces, or do dishes. Then, you stir in tomatoes and lime, making this bright and summery.

When I made this, sweet corn wasn’t really at its prime yet so I used frozen/thawed corn, which worked just fine (and obviously cut my time a little bit too).  I ended up just using 3 chicken breasts since that’s what we had, but I kept everything else the same. Mmm, extra carbs. I’d imagine brown rice would work here too, but would probably require more liquid and a longer time in the microwave to par-cook. I plan on trying that next time. I’m all about the one-pan meal these days.

 

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Mr. & Mrs. P July 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

What a great weeknight meal.. Looks delicious!

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Kelsey July 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Corn and tomatoes–what a perfect summer meal. And the baking soda cupcakes–I think I remember that…

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Joanne July 9, 2013 at 5:23 am

I can’t even imagine having to juggle so many things at once! Kudos to you for even getting dinner on the table. And I love a one skillet meal like this also. Especially one that’s so pretty!

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Moira July 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I have 2 littles as well, and the mornings are what get me! I’ve come to realize that the whole getting two boys under 5 to get shoes on and out the door anywhere close to on-time is not my forte ;) Dinner can be really hectic too, so I love seeing new one dish meals..can’t wait to try this one!

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Suzanne July 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I feel like life is hectic enough with just one child! This looks like a great meal for a busy evening.

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Kate July 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Do you do dinner with Z or does he eat on his own? I feel all the more hectic because I’m trying to get everything ready so we can all eat together. I would imagine that would be even harder with 2.

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elly July 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

We do dinner with Z. Family dinners are really important to me. When he was younger (around 1) there were a couple months where we just ate after he went to bed since he was going down so early. But, we eventually got the hang of it (and he slowly started going to bed later). Ian is the chillest baby in the history of the world (at least currently) so he hasn’t made dinner time any more difficult – yet. :)

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