Jun 17, 2011

Real Men Can Cook: Tomato Rice with Chicken

Welcome to Real Men Can Cook, my new series of recipe posts. Because let's face it, everyone loves a man who can cook. I'll be offering up recipes I've found, been given, or come up with on my own. Every recipe I post will be something I've cooked myself and thought was worth sharing.

For my first recipe, we'll be looking at Tomato Rice with Chicken. Enjoy!

400g chicken breast, diced
1 cup long grain rice
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp cumin
500ml chicken stock
Cooking oil (I like to use extra vigrin olive oil, but any cooking oil you prefer will do)

Total Time: 40-45 mins
Serves 2-3 as a main dish on its own, or 3-4 as a lunch or with an additional side dish

Step 1:

Wine - The chef's best friend

Step 2: 
Heat some oil in a pan and add your chicken pieces. Fry until lightly browned, making sure the chicken is fully cooked all the way through. Once this is done, remove the chicken from the heat and set aside.

Step 3:
Heat some more oil in a large pot or sauce pan. Add you onion and cook on a medium heat until the onion starts to turn soft.


Step 4:
Add rice, tomato puree, cumin, and mix. Gradually add the chicken stock and chicken pieces. Bring to the boil and lower the heat, cooking for approx. 30 minutes, or until the rice has become soft and the mixture thickens.

Yeah, just ignore the bit I dropped on the counter there...

Step 5:
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve!

  • Same on time by chopping your onion while the chicken cooks.
  • If you haven't used unsalted chicken stock, avoid using too much salt or it'll spoil the flavour. 
  • You can also add more tomato puree or even chopped tomato pieces if you like. 
  • For a vegetartian varation, try replacing the chicken with peppers and mushrooms.


  1. Will give this a try, Paul. Love your idea of photos as you cook!

  2. looks delicious, Paul.....always impressed with a man who can cook. OOps hope that doesn't sound sexist.
    Mari G

  3. Hey, MEN can cook. My first husband was a great cook. I was sorry when he left me! LOL

    This looks so delicious. You can cook for me anytime!

    A message came into my inbox that you had retweeted my Father's Day Tribute today. Thank you! I went over to Twitter and thanked you, too.
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

  4. Thanks, everyone. I love this dish. I make it any chance I get!