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Cheater Chicken & Yellow Rice

Just because I am a chef, it does not mean we eat caviar & elaborate dinners every night.  I am a typical mom, that has Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Oreos & Ramen Noodles in the pantry.  I am also guilty of letting my kids eat cereal for dinner, once or twice.   I do cook from scratch for my family a lot, however there are days that I’m running behind and the kids stomachs just don’t care.  Yesterday was one of those days.

Last night, My kids wanted chicken & yellow rice for dinner but the chicken was still in the freezer and they were starving by the second.  Then I remembered I had 3/4 of a rotisserie chicken leftover from lunch.  The lightbulb went off and I made the quickest chicken & yellow rice dinner.


Cheater Chicken & Yellow Rice


  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz pkg yellow rice
  • Leftover Rotisserre chicken - 2 cups, diced (you could also use leftover grilled chicken, roasted chicken, etc.)
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. In a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil. Add olive oil, then 8oz package of yellow rice. Stir while boiling for 1 minute. Cover saucepan tightly, reduce heat to simmer and cook undisturbed for 20-25 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking, debone the chicken removing the fat & skin as well, set aside
  3. When the rice is done, Fluff lightly with fork, add the chicken and frozen peas. Stir, heat throughly
  4. Season to Taste

Since my kids were growing impatient and I always have chicken stock in the pantry, I opted to utilize the boxed stock for dinner and the leftover scraps from the rotisserie chicken to make stock for another night. With the addition of  a few ingredients, I was able to make a batch of homemade chicken stock while the chicken & yellow rice was cooking.

Just Boil some water and start to Debone the chicken – Throw all the bones, skin & fat into the water along with a big pinch of sea salt.  Add a chopped celery stalk, diced carrot, chopped onion & 2 smashed garlic cloves and let it get to simmering for 30 min – Let cool, strain & store in refrigerator or freezer

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