Yum Peaceful Cooking: Salubrious Sunday's Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Salubrious Sunday's Parmesan Chicken and Rice


Check it out....I'm posting Salubrious Sunday actually ON a Sunday!

I know...this is a first, huh!

Well, I have a slight change in my agenda. You see, with the fall weather in the near future (hopefully, although with this weeks forecast of over 100', it's looking doubtful) and the need for those warm, wonderful comfort foods, I needed to switch things around a little. Comfort foods will have to be my weekend meals (you just can't start making lasagna or chicken & dumplings at 7pm, right?) and I'll have to make a salubrious meal during the week.

Thus giving me the opportunity to post Salubrious Sunday...on Sunday.

This dish is perfect for during the week. It's simple, it's quick and it's tasty. Another Cooking Light Chicken recipe that I've made several times. A great go-to recipe that doesn't require any "unusual" ingredients.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (I used basil)
8 oz sliced mushrooms
3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used 2 chicken breasts and didn't weigh them)
1/2 cup dry white wine (I've used just chicken broth when I was out)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup uncooked instant rice
1 cup chicken broth, fat-free, less-sodium
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the onion, thyme, and mushroom until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Towards the end, add the garlic.


Toss in your chunks of chicken and saute until chicken is lightly browned...should take a few minutes...


Pour the wine in. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the liquid has almost evaporated...about 3 minutes.

Stir in the rice and broth....


Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the cheese and chopped parsley......


And serve! (yields 4 servings) Maybe with a nice side of green beans or asparagus...or broccoli. mmmm

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Stats:
Calories: 395
Calories from fat: 18%
Fat: 8g
Sat Fat: 2.8g
Mono Fat: 3.7g
Poly Fat: 0.8g
Protein: 29.9g
Carb: 44.4g
Fiber: 2g
Chol: 57mg
Sodium: 656mg

I almost forgot...My Happy Chef maker:


Basically its the same recipe as a Melon Berry Twist only I used peaches and bananas with a shot or so of coconut rum. Good stuff!!
Dajana has got some really good Salubrious meals going on in Italy...Check out her beautiful


  1. great recipe, and low cal and healthy...but all that health demands a shot of coconut rum... This is a terrific meal, well done

  2. Your version of the Melon Berry Twist with peaches and bananas sounds just delicious!

  3. Quick, healthy and great tasting.
    I'll finish and post my Sunday dinner shortly.

  4. a little parmesan does a lot for flavor in dishes like this--great job! meanwhile, coconut rum has probably led to more embarrassing situations for me than anything else. :)

  5. simple little meal packed with flavor! looks "wicked" good as Bob would say ;) Oh...and the peach/banana HCM looks great too! no little irritating seeds to strain out

  6. You're right, I have all of those items on hand and this looks delicious.

  7. Looks great! I have everything except the mushrooms (which I wouldn't use anyway, heh), I might just make this tonight. I was looking for something simple and quick. :D

  8. I love rice dishes...and this one looks so yummie...chicken and Parmesan...and you are right, it is great for a weekday dinner :-)

  9. What a comforting and delicious meal for a Sunday meal! The drink looks heavenly!

  10. Looks like the perfect comfort food meal--Yum!

  11. It's hard to go wrong with that list of ingredients! Nicely composed dish. And you HAVE to keep the cook happy:)

  12. Sh*t...why do I have to look up 'salubrious' every week!? I have a mind like a full, leaking sponge. Looks amazing :D ...suppose it could be the Chardonnay...

  13. Mr Grill....thanks...and ya, a shot of coconut rum never hurt LOL

    Michele - Peaches and bananas is a great combo. Now I want to figure something out with strawberry (besides banana) for another version

    Dajana - Your sunday dinner looks fabulous!! I love those potatoes.

    Grace - do tell! you know a little tidbit is always fun...tell us about your rum LOL

    DD - LOL Bob and his wicked!! cracks me up. And ya....NO seeds!!

    Shane - I still need to try your german chocolate drink!!!

    Michele - I knew you would ;)

    Bob - well....use something else instead of shrooms. hehe

    Juliana - thanks...it really is tasty. i think it needs something to brighten it up though....red bell pepper maybe?

    Reeni - what was so nice about the drink....it was like a last hurrah for summer

    Deb - thanks! And see what your healthy drink inspired? :)

    Chris - yep...first and foremost is a happy chef :D

    Heather....so, are you saying its the chard that makes the meal look good or the chard that makes you forget that salubrious means healthy! LMAO!! CHEERS from my Cab to your Chard!!

  14. Mmm. Mushrooms are good! This is one good looking recipe! :P

    I saw that over at Dajana's. It looked so yummy! I just love her!


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