Skillet Rice with Chicken

skillet full of rice with chicken, bell pepper, wooden spoon and a bottle of nam prik chili sauce

One of my all time favorite cooking instrument will have to be the cast iron skillet. It's sturdy, distributes heat evenly (even on my shoddy electric stove which is hotter towards the front than the back), and rarely do food get stuck on its surfaces. Not to mention, it gives me a good arm workout every time I cook and clean; I can barely lift my large skillet with one hand. So as you can imagine, I love finding new things to cook in it.

Skillet Rice with Chicken is a one skillet meal that is super easy and reminiscent of Indian food. Everything is cooked using the one skillet (or frying pan works too if you don't have a cast iron skillet) for minimal mess and clean up at the end. Perfect for a light dinner or lunch. It's got just enough heat to tingle your palates and a full bodied flavor that leaves you feeling warm inside.


WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT THIS RECIPE?  The combination of spices in this recipe is what gives it that extra umph! The blend of cumin, turmeric, and coriander is what makes that warm, well-rounded aroma reminding you of a cozy summer night. There is also a little kick in this dish that comes from (yours truly) Nam Prik Chili Sauce. It's not an overwhelming type of heat, but one that tingles you and lets you know it's there without being obtrusive. Overall, it's a light and well-balanced meal.


a skillet full of rice with chicken, an onion, green bell pepper, and a bulb of garlic


 skillet rice with chicken




  • 2 garlice cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thigh, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp Nam Prik Chili Sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
 skillet rice with chicken and a bottle of nam prik chili sauce


  1. Heat a tablespoon of cooking oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Stir in rice, turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken broth, Nam Prik Chili Sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil.
  6. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until broth evaporates.
  7. Remove from heat, stir, and serve.