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Pesto Chicken Rice Bowl

Pesto Chicken Rice Bowl
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  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh pesto
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach


COOK rice according to package directions. Keep warm.

CUT chicken breast into cubes while rice is cooking; heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan and cook chicken until brown and cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside.

ADD tomatoes, pesto, salt and pepper to the same pan. Sauté 1-2 minutes over low heat, then add the evaporated milk. Bring to simmer and add spinach and cooked chicken. Cook 2-3 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened and spinach is wilted.

DIVIDE rice into two serving bowls. Then divide chicken and sauce over each bowl.