Crazy Easy Chicken and Yellow Rice You Need to Make Tonight

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Ridiculously easy chicken and yellow rice dinner recipe. Use your leftover chicken and whip up a hearty batch of chicken and yellow rice in one pan for quicker cleanup. And your family with love it.

If you have leftovers from that whole chicken you cooked, you may be like me and wondering what you do with it.  My family usually eats a decent amount of the chicken, but I’ve found I usually pick out about 2 cups or so that I can’t stand to waste.  Now, there’s only so much chicken salad I can stomach.  And, I don’t want to do it often.  Thankfully, my brother-in-law shared a version of this recipe with me … leaving out some details (like actual amounts of liquid).

After a few tries, I finally perfected this recipe and added my own spin.   And, because I don’t like reading stories that have nothing to do with a recipe, I won’t bore you either.

chicken and yellow rice dinner recipe for the whole familiy
All you need to know is this recipe has become a favorite in our household.  The husband, who rarely expresses his feelings about food actually told me he really likes this dinner.  My kids like everything, so there you go.  Hubby and daughter like to throw some hot sauce in the mix, too.  I love it because it’s EASY (I don’t have time for complicated recipes) and helps me use the leftover chicken (not a fan of waste)!

Easy Chicken and Yellow Rice Dinner Recipe

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Be sure to defrost your frozen homemade chicken broth for this easy chicken and yellow rice dinner recipe!  This is an excellent way to use up the leftover whole chicken you roast on a Sunday.

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Easy Chicken & Yellow Rice Dinner Recipe

Quick and easy chicken and yellow rice dinner, perfect for using leftover chicken on a busy night.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Ivy B


  • 5 Cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1 10 oz pkg Vigo Yellow Rice
  • 2 Cups Pulled/chopped chicken pieces
  • 1 - 1.5 Cup frozen peas


  1. Put 5 cups homemade chicken broth in a large pot and bring to a boil.

  2. Following the instructions on the Vigo rice bag - dump the rice in the boiling broth and stir for 1 minute on boil.

  3. Lower heat to simmer.  Dump in the chicken pieces and stir.  Cover and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes.

  4. Dump the frozen peas on the top, cover and cook for another 10 - 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes

I usually cook initially for 25 minutes and another 10 minutes after I've added peas.

Serve with a drop or two of hot sauce if you desire. (Not my deal).

Relish in the ease of cooking dinner, using leftovers, and having only one pot to clean after cooking this Chicken and Yellow Rice recipe using Vigo Yellow Rice.

Chicken and yellow rice recipe

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