Wicked Dirty Brown Rice with Chicken

Wicked Dirty Brown Rice with Chicken

A big shout out and thank you to Facebook Recipe Contest Winner,  Nani Jenkins Jackson! Nani suggested the idea of rice and soul food, so I went wicked dirty and wicked healthy, Boston-style! This recipe is delicious and has an awesome balance of protein, carbs and fat to help you burn fat, build muscle and feel great. Warning: if you are sensitive to heat, you can dial back a bit on the cayenne. If you like it fiery hot, add a little Sriracha sauce on the side. Let me know what you think!

Wicked Dirty Brown Rice with Chicken

Makes about 8 servings
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice  (I used brown basmati rice…just make sure not to overcook your rice)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery plus grab a handful of the celery leaves, all chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated on a cheese grater
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 1/4 cups organic, low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon white pepper (find it in the spice aisle, or just use black pepper to taste)
  • 2 big pinches of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (you can add more if you like it hot)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, preferably organic, skin removed and meat chopped or shredded
  • handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Let oil get hot. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and thyme and cook for approximate 5 minutes. Add carrot and garlic and cook for one minute.
  2.  Add chicken stock and reduce heat. Stir in salt, peppers and remaining spices. Let simmer approximately 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Add 4 cups of cooked brown rice plus 3 cups of chicken. Stir and cook a few minutes to let flavors blend. Re-taste for seasoning and adjust spices accordingly.
  4. Top with fresh parsley and serve. Enjoy!

This recipe has a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat and is a complete meal.

  • Melinda Wilson
    Posted at 13:57h, 16 February Reply

    Hi Valerie. I love this rice! but i’m now using the VN website and i want to enter it in my food log and so can you please tell me the nutritional information for it.. so i can’t enter in there.

    • Valerie Cogswell
      Posted at 14:07h, 16 February Reply

      Hey Melinda!

      I’m so happy you love this recipe! I love it too 🙂 I’m sorry, I don’t have the exact nutrition breakdown for the dish, but it’s balanced and will keep blood sugar stable. You can try adding the ingredients in a new meal in nutrition software and then divide it by as many servings to make it match your exact macros if you want. Or you can make it even easier and just add it as Wicked Dirty Brown Rice in your nutrition software meals or journal without the breakdown (just so you have it as reference that you ate it).

      Thanks for reaching out!!!

  • Michelle Boughner
    Posted at 20:57h, 17 September Reply

    Love this recipe- whole family enjoys- lots of flavour!!
    Have made it a few times- buying a rotisserie chicken saves lots of time.

    • Valerie Cogswell
      Posted at 13:44h, 18 September Reply

      Yay! So happy you like it Michelle. Thank you for letting me know 🙂

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