September 29, 2013

One-Pot Kielbasa, Chicken & Rice

One-Pot Kielbasa, Chicken, & Rice

Sometimes it’s sooo nice to just cook dinner in one pot, don’t you think? I mean, maybe you happen to be one of those ultra-motivated and ambitious people that gets home late and just goes to town with the fancy pot twirling and stirring and boiling and frying and woking… but I’m just so not. And then there’s the issue with all those dishes… our dishwasher happens to be human, so having loads of dishes to do just doesn’t fly in the Heiner household.

Tell me you share my pain. You do? Oh good, I’m glad I’m not crazy. This is why I love this recipe, because everything cooks together in one pot (or skillet), and there’s no other pots to wash (yay, my sanity is preserved yet another day!).

Chop up a chicken breast into bite-size chunks. Heat oil in a big ‘ol pot (or skillet) over medium-high heat, then add chicken pieces and cook until no longer pink inside.

Cook chicken

Here’s a tip with sautéing: Make sure your oil is nice and hot before you add the food to the pan. You want the food to make that crackly sound when you add it to the oil. This helps sear the food on the outside and keep it nice and juicy on the inside.

Once the chicken is done, scoop it into a little bowl (this one’s my polka-dotted ice cream bowl) and sprinkle some thyme and black pepper over it. Set this aside for later.

Sprinkle chicken

Chop up a one-lub package (and by lub and I mean lb.) of kielbasa into ½ inch rounds. Dice an onion and a green pepper and set aside. Oh, and if even the thought of chopping onions makes you cry, try out these onion goggles. I use them ALL the time, and they make the experience of chopping onions MUCH better!


Add your kielbasa rounds to the pot and fry them up for a few minutes over medium heat, until they start to brown a little. Add chopped onion and green pepper and some crushed garlic to the mix. Cook until the veggies are tender.


Then add your seasoned chicken back into the pot. Stir in your water, chicken bouillion, and tabasco. I know, tabasco can sound scary if you’re a spice-sissy like me, but I promise, this is just a hint of heat. If you have kids that you know won’t eat anything that resembles hot, you can just leave it out.

Add other ingredients

Bring to a boil, and then add a cup of uncooked Jasmine rice. I love that you don’t have to use a rice cooker here! Reduce heat, cover, & simmer until the rice is done (read on your rice package how long it says to cook for).

And now you can enjoy a meal untainted with the thought of piles of pots and pans to wash afterwards. Isn’t that lovely?

One-Pot Kielbasa, Chicken, & RiceFor more delicious one-pot meals, try some of these:

Healthy Iron Springs Tortilla Soup
One Pot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Creamy White Chili
French Onion Soup

Recipe adapted ever so slightly from one of my hubby’s good friends in Pittsburgh.

One-Pot Kielbasa, Chicken & Rice
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Kielbasa, chicken, & rice all cooked in one pot.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 5-6
  • 1 pkg. kielbasa
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • ½ tsp. Tabasco
  • 1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice
  1. Chop chicken breast into bite-size pieces.
  2. Dice onion and green pepper.
  3. Chop kielbasa into ½ inch rounds.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Once oil is hot, add chicken breast pieces and cook until cooked-through.
  6. Remove cooked chicken and place into a bowl. Sprinkle with thyme and black pepper.
  7. Add kielbasa rounds to the pot and cook over medium heat for a few minutes, until rounds are starting to brown slightly.
  8. Add onion, green pepper, and crushed garlic in with the kielbasa and cook until vegetables are tender.
  9. Once vegetables are tender, add back in the seasoned chicken, then add water, chicken bouillon, and Tabasco.
  10. Bring to a boil, then add uncooked rice. Cover and simmer according to the instructions on the rice package, until rice is finished cooking.


  1. Stacy Bevan

    This looks so yummy! I am definitely going to have try it!

    • ambrosiaandnectar

      Thanks Stacy! You will have to tell me how you like it!

  2. Becca

    Katelyn, I love your blog. It has such flair. You motivate me to cook! Thank you!

    • ambrosiaandnectar

      Ah I’m so glad to hear that Becca, thanks!!

  3. NAAAAIIILLLEEED IT! This was pretty much awesomeness in a dish. If you hate delicious meals than stay away, otherwise indulge. Thank you so much :)

    • Katelyn

      This was awesomeness in a comment. Thanks Ryan! Glad you liked it. :)

  4. shaniqua

    This was a great recipe everyone loved it!

    • Katelyn

      So glad you liked it! I make it all the time because it’s so easy!

  5. gail

    can you use different rice than jasmine?

    • Hi Gail, I’m sure you can. I’ve also had it with Basmati rice, but I think pretty much anything will work here. Just as long as it’s cooked long enough, I’m sure it will turn out great! Let me know how it goes! Good luck!

  6. dianne elliott

    can you use regular rice

    • Katelyn

      I’m sure regular rice would be just fine. I believe plain ‘ol white rice calls for the same amount of water as Jasmine rice, so it should be an easy switch. Hope you enjoy! :)

  7. T.

    Made this tonight and even my pickiest of picky eaters ate 2 servings. It was really tasty and reminded me a lot of gumbo, jambalaya, and dirty rice. All the usual stars of cajun/creole cooking are in it, so the flavor is perfect- but it’s not spicy. Not bland either though, the flavor was perfect, especially if you use fresh garlic. I subbed purple rice for the jasmine and served it with cabbage on the side. The family gobbled it up. I’m sad there are no leftovers for lunch tomorrow

    • Katelyn

      I’m so glad to hear that! This is definitely one of our favorites too.

  8. Jannell Gladen

    Delicious! Made tonight for family. We all had seconds! Fast and easy. Had all the ingredients on hand. Thank you!

  9. Keagan Sanderson

    This is one of our most favorite meals!! So much flavor and perfect comfort food for a chilly day! Thanks for sharing:)

  10. Brittney

    This was absolutely delicious so good so easy my kids gobbled it down even my very picky 10 year old! it tastes just like my grandmas gumbo with 1/10th of the work required! Thank you so much for sharing this my only regret is that I didn’t find this earlier to enjoy this yummy goodness long ago (:

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