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Monday, February 14, 2022

Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes,

Pesto Chicken with Brown Rice and Baby Potatoes, fast, easy, and delicious! Another Winner Winner Chicken Dinner made from frugal chicken thighs!


One fall when we lived on the upper peninsula of Washington state we decided to plant potatoes in large deck pots in our backyard. We learned two things; first, deer do not eat potato plants, which is a good thing because they will eat almost everything else! And the second was that we needed to start earlier! We did reap a small harvest, however, enough for one meal and as such I made the most of it.


Earlier I had made Cilantro Brown Rice and Red Potatoes in our Electric Pressure Cooker. Now I know what you might be thinking, double carbs! And yes, while it is a combination of brown rice and potatoes in each of these two dishes, it is only double carbs if you eat a double portion....just my little thought on the issue! I personally love rice and potatoes together. And that is how our little harvest from deck pot potatoes were enjoyed in their post-harvest glory!  


Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes was everything I had hoped it would be, and the best part is that your favorite pesto gets to be the center of attention. And let's be honest there is nothing better than a delicious, easy, one-pan dinner to make, at the end of your day. Now I admit, this dish is nothing to write home about in the looks department, but it is all about the taste, which is wonderful. If you can use red rose potatoes for a more attractive dish, but we had planted yellow rose potatoes...


We make and use a lot of pesto in this household. Among the different types after the time-honored basil pesto, you will find include Garlic Scape PestoCarrot Top Pesto, Radish Top PestoFresh Oregano and Garlic Scape Pesto, and Parsley Garlic and Almond Pesto. Use your own favorite or try a new to you pesto from the suggestions offered above to create a delicious dinner for your family.  Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes is not only easy to make but also easy to change up with a different pesto. Making it perfect for those days when you want easy and delicious!

Some thoughts on this recipe:

Save on prep dishes by using one cutting board, cut the vegetables first, then the meat. 

The standing time needed to finish cooking the food without overcooking is the perfect time to relax for a moment or set the table and toss a salad. 

This recipe had cooking time for chicken thighs, if you want to use breast meat, you might want to adjust the cooking time.


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • brown rice
  • waxy new potatoes
  • chicken thighs
  • chicken stock or broth
  • onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • pesto
You will also need the following:
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • electric or stove-top pressure cooker
Now we are ready to begin!


Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes.

Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes
by the seat of my pants!

1 1/4 c brown rice
1 1/2 c stock, bone broth, or water
1 t salt
1/4 t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
1/2 small onion, diced
6-8 chicken thighs, cut into large chunks
2 c small (waxy) baby potatoes cut in half or quarter cut pieces of larger potatoes

1/2 c pesto of choice

Chop the onion and place it into the bottom of the pressure cooker insert pan. Cut the potatoes and place them over the onions. Cut the chicken thighs and add to the pan along with the brown rice. 

Season with salt, garlic salt, and fresh ground pepper. Add the stock, broth, or water. Stir gently to mix. 

Secure the lid per manufacturers' directions, cook for 8 minutes at high pressure. 
Let pressure drop naturally for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the lid.


Pesto Chicken with Brown Rice and Baby Potatoes. 

Fold in the pesto and serve. 

Storage options for Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe ad the texture is soft when thawed. 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes
by the seat of my pants!

1 1/4 c brown rice
1 1/2 c stock, bone broth, or water
1 t salt
1/4 t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
1/2 small onion, diced
6-8 chicken thighs, cut into large chunks
2 c small (waxy) baby potatoes cut in half or quarter cut pieces of larger potatoes

1/2 c pesto of choice

Chop the onion and place it into the bottom of the pressure cooker insert pan. Cut the potatoes and place them over the onions. Cut the chicken thighs and add to the pan along with the brown rice. 

Season with salt, garlic salt, and fresh ground pepper. Add the stock, broth, or water. Stir gently to mix. 

Secure the lid per manufacturers' directions, cook for 8 minutes at high pressure. 
Let pressure drop naturally for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the lid.

Fold in the pesto and serve. 

Storage options for Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice with Baby Potatoes. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe ad the texture is soft when thawed. 

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  1. Looks good! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 9! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw.

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  2. This looks delicious, and I love that I can Instant Pot it! My hubs loves pesto, so I'll definitely be giving this recipe a go soon.

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    1. Thank you! I like using different flavored pesto to change it up a bit!

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  3. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 71. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you Dee for hosting great link parties where bloggers can share their posts! I know I appreciate it.

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  4. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing another great recipe on the Homestead Blog Hop.

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  5. I would love to have this for dinner. Sounds so filling and yummy! Thanks a bunch for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! I hope to see you next week.

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  6. This sound like a yummy and quick weeknight dinner.

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    1. Thanks! I love these easy to put together meals for the busy times, that seem to come around often!

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