Creamy Pesto Chicken and Rice

This award-winning recipe is a quick take on an Italian classic made to perfection with pesto, chicken and Success® Rice in less than 30 minutes.

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Servings SERVES 4


  • 1 bag Success® White Rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 5 each minced garlic
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup prepared pesto
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, minced
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • A simple take on a classic Italian recipe using Success® White Rice. Enjoy this contest winning recipe from the 2009 Restaurant Recipe Challenge.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

    Step 3

  • Combine onions and garlic and sauté until tender.

    Step 4

  • Stir in peas and chicken.

    Step 5

  • Add cream cheese, stir until melted.

    Step 6

  • Stir in broth, cream, pesto, parsley and Parmesan cheese, mix well.

    Step 7

  • Remove from heat and stir in rice.

    Step 8

  • Garnish with pepper to taste.

Perfect Pesto

Why not try a little bit of Italy in your recipe with this creamy chicken pesto and rice one-pan skillet meal. This Italian classic is a home cooked comfort food for those in Europe and around the world. Bring the taste of the Mediterranean to your kitchen with this quick and easy version of the traditional dish including basil, pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil.

Did we mention that this recipe is Gluten Free? You heard right, our take on this recipe substitutes the pasta out for rice and it really is a winner. Just make sure that your pre-prepared pesto is also gluten free if you have an intolerance or take a walk on the wild side and make your own homemade pesto. Save a bit of that pesto and chicken to make these incredible Chicken Pesto Stuffed Peppers.

Plan your pesto

Meal plan options: If you want to make this a meal prep option, we suggest that before mixing together, separate the rice and pesto into portions. When you’re ready to eat, mix the rice and homemade creamy pesto mixture together, heat and enjoy! Success® Boil-in-Bag makes it easy to control portions when you’re on the go or looking to prepare your meals for the week ahead. Keep a few stocked at home in your pantry for a quick meal or snack when hunger strikes!