There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a classic home-style meal. And the tried-and-true flavor combination of chicken and rice is one that always fits the bill. It’s a dish that is both delicious and filling, just as comfort food should be. Of course, it’s easy to feel as though your chicken and rice meals are lacking. If you don’t do anything to switch up the flavors, having the same meal again and again can get boring.

But worry not because we’ve rounded up some chicken and ri
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ce recipes that are anything but boring. Each of them takes the classic dish and adds a different twist. That means you can keep on serving chicken and rice and be sure that everyone in the family will be pleased.

Love chicken and rice but have no time to cook? Well, Nutrisystem has you covered there, too. We offer delicious menu items such as our Yellow Curry Sauced Chicken & Rice, which will satisfy your craving for a home-style meal in just minutes.

If you do have the time to cook, or even to plan ahead by cooking these meals in advance, consider these chicken and rice recipes your family will love:

1. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry >

This is probably the most classic of our chicken and rice recipes. This Asian-style dish combines two food favorites—chicken and broccoli—and serves them atop hearty brown rice. It’s a well-loved meal that you really can’t go wrong making. This single-pan meal is also easy to make and packs in a lot of nutrition. While broccoli serves as a great source of vitamins C and K, the chicken provides some energy-building protein to your diet.

2. Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bowl >

If you want to spice up your classic chicken and rice meal, this is the recipe for you. The boneless chicken breast is marinated in a zesty blend of spices like garlic, cumin, paprika and chili powder. Served atop fiber-rich brown rice with some shredded lettuce, Pico de Gallo and avocado, this chicken dish is absolutely bursting with flavor. It’s sure to be a big hit and impress your family—even though it’s very simple to make. As a one-pan skillet dish, it can be whipped up in no time at all.

3. Escalloped Chicken and Rice >

Escalloped is a cooking term used to describe the action of baking food in a sauce or liquid, often with crumbs on top. With this escalloped chicken and rice meal, the chicken is sautéed with veggies, including celery, carrots and mushrooms and then cooked in a simple sauce that combines flour, almond milk, garlic powder and black pepper. Mix in the rice and finish it all off with some breadcrumbs and some time in the broiler for a truly impressive-looking meal that is quite easy to make. With all of the veggies this dish contains, it is also one you can feel good about eating. Mushrooms are rich in selenium, an antioxidant suspected to prevent coronary heart disease, while carrots provide a heavy dose of vitamin A, vitamin C and even iron.

4. Instant Pot Chicken Creole >

The Instant Pot is known for producing delicious-but-quick meals and this spicy dish is no exception. It combines boneless chicken breast with the zesty flavors of onions, minced garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes and creole seasoning. All served over brown rice, it makes a satisfying meal that can be ready in a matter of minutes. With all that flavor you might think this is a dish that will set you back, but a serving is a mere 277 calories. It will fill you up and leave you fully satisfied while also being completely guilt-free.

5. One-Pan Rice, Chicken and Vegetables >

This hearty dish is packed with flavor but won’t take you on a diet detour. That’s because a serving is only 282 calories. Even so, it’s not short on flavor. This skillet meal combines bite-sized pieces of chicken with fiber-rich brown rice, onions, garlic, kale and low-fat cheese. Clearly, it has a lot going on. But beyond taste, there’s a lot of nutrition in this meal as well. It’s got the lean protein courtesy of the chicken, but it also has the superfood, kale, in there. Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat. Plus, it’s chock-full of vitamins and nutrients. Unlike a lot of other chicken and rice recipes, this is a dish you will enjoy for both its flavor and its health factor.

6. One-Pan Paprika Tomato Chicken and Rice >

Another dish that spices up the traditional chicken and rice meal, this version features a flavorful blend of garlic, onion, bell peppers, tomatoes and a zesty spice mix. Using both sun-dried tomatoes as well as the stewed variety, this meal packs in plenty of vitamins A and C. Tomatoes are also rich in fiber and aid in healthy digestion. But given the fact that this meal is so tasty, your family will likely be paying more attention to the flavor than they are the nutrition.

7. Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Rice and Veggies >

This chicken and rice dish makes a beautiful presentation but is surprisingly simple to make. A delicious rice mix made up of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, spinach and basil is spooned on top of fresh chicken breast, wrapped, and sautéed until brown—then baked atop the remaining rice until fully cooked. Your family (or guests) will be delighted with the appearance—and the taste—of this delicious meal. Despite being full of flavor, a serving of this tasty chicken and rice dish is less than 245 calories.

8. Easy Chicken Fajita Bake >

This simple-but-delicious dish tops hearty brown rice with tender chicken breast, a mix of vegetables, and some savory spices for a memorable meal that is sure to become a family favorite. It’s another spicy twist on less flavorful chicken and rice recipes. Made by layering seasoned chicken with bell pepper and onion—and topping it all with cheddar cheese—it has a lot of flavor without being bogged down by excess fat and calories.

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It’s not hard to find good bourbons these days, but you may have to be prepared to pay some pretty lofty prices to get your hands on the best stuff. With Pappy prices through the roof, other cult hits going mainstream due to award recognition, and our big mouths ruining the secrets for everyone, the whiskey gems (especially those in the under $50 range) don’t stay hidden for long.


Recently we’ve collected some great bargain bottles at the $25-and-under price point in the pas
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t, but there’s another bracket under $50 that’s secretly laden with tons of great bottles. Once you get closer to the $50 price point, it’s a bigger financial risk to try something new. That $50 could buy two bottles of some of our favorite bargain bourbons after all, so to justify the extra expense the premium bottle should meet higher standards. Normally, we expect an age statement after $30, though there are good exceptions to consider.

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So now we’ve assembled them here for you to add to your list, so our advice is to get to shopping before they disappear too.
Feeling a little grouchy today? It happens. But waking up on the wrong side of the bed doesn’t have to translate into a whole day of grumpiness. Try these simple tips for bidding a bad mood buh-bye:

Listen to Music

Music might be your mood-boosting secret weapon. In a study published in 2011 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers found that when participants listened to their favorite tunes, large amounts of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine were released, causing the participants to feel happy, excited and joyful. In
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another study published in the journal Ergonomics in 2012, researchers found that listening to music in the car can positively impact your mood while driving, which can have positive implications for driving behavior. Mood-boosting take-away: Skip the podcasts and talk radio, and turn up your favorite tunes while commuting to work. If you can, bring headphones into the office to keep the feel-good effects going strong all day long.

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Go For A Walk

Add another benefit of walking to the list: Getting moving is great for your mind—and your mood. In a study out of California State University, people who walked more reported being in a better mood, feeling more energetic and having more self-esteem and happiness than their non-walking peers. Bonus: There also seemed to be an association between walking more and making better food choices.

Flash Those Pearly Whites

Ever hear the phrase “fake it till you make it?” When it comes to a good mood, we completely agree—and so does science. In a study published in 2012 in the journal Psychological Science, researchers found that when subjects smiled despite feeling stressed, they experienced a slower heart rate and decreased perceived levels of stress than those who didn’t smile. Too grumpy to grin? Place a pen or chopstick in between your teeth. The researchers found that just engaging the same muscles required in a smile can yield the same mood-boosting effects.

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Sit Up Straight

Perfecting your posture isn’t just good for your back—it can help you feel better, too. In a study published in the journal Health Psychology in 2015, researchers found that people who were made to sit up straight reported having higher self-esteem and being in a much better mood than those made to sit in a slumped position. Research out of Harvard University suggests that maintaining “power postures” (expansive and open body positions as opposed to contracted and closed) for just two minutes can cause an increase in testosterone, a hormone tied to confidence, and a decrease in cortisol, the infamous stress hormone.

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If you were to take a survey about the most impressive scenes in film and television over the last decade, you’d likely get a lot of answers picking Game of Thrones battles, Tom Cruise’s insane work in the Mission: Impossible movies, car chases in the Fast & Furious franchise, and the fight scenes in John Wick.

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And while all of those are great answers, if you&rs
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quo;re asking us, another one worth considering is from True Detective Season 1, a scene that many critics and fans simply call “The Shot.”

The scene comes from Season 1, Episode 4 of True Detective, titled “Who Goes There,” and features Matthew McConaughey’s character Rust Cohle helping to rob a drug stash house, and then escaping the dangerous neighborhood as he’s chased by gangsters and cops—all while taking a hostage along for the ride. What makes the scene so incredible isn’t just the pulse-pounding action and strong acting from McConaughey, it’s the fact that the scene goes on for six entire minutes without a single cut—it’s entirely done in one shot.

Why should you care about this scene from 2014 in 2018? Because the director of that episode—and the entire first season of True Detective—Cary Joji Fukunaga, has just been named the new director of James Bond 25. The producers of the film announced that Fukunaga will take over for Danny Boyle, who left the film over creative differences, and that the film is now scheduled for a February 14, 2020 release.

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The actual logistics of shooting the scene are impressive, but what makes the scene work so well and reach another level of quality is that the style of it—the one take with no cuts—also fits into the narrative of the story in True Detective Season 1. The one-shot take transports you into the world of McConaughey’s character Cohle, who has once again gone undercover with a dangerous biker gang, as he tries to fight his way out of what basically has become a war zone. The tension of the one-shot take makes you feel what Cohle is feeling in the moment.

As Vulture critic Matt Zoller Seitz previously wrote, the scene “feels like a long-delayed eruption of deeply buried madness. In the rest of this episode and most of episode three, we’ve been watching Cohle contrive, very carefully, to ‘lose it,’ as if willing himself to re-become the deep-cover agent he’d been several years earlier, at the expense of his family and anything resembling a stable, ‘normal’ life.” All of that finally comes to a head in this scene.

Fukunaga is an intriguing choice for a Bond film, as he’s mostly worked on smaller budget movies, and more dramatic and artistic films like his debut, Sin Nombre, the adaptation of Jane Eyre, and the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, which starred Idris Elba as an African warlord. Since then, Fukunaga also directed all the episodes of the Netflix series Maniac, starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

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Even though Fukunaga has never worked on a project with the budget and scale of a James Bond film, his work on True Detective—and this scene from Episode 4 specifically—has us excited about what he can bring to the table. In this scene, Fukunaga had to plan out the movement of dozens of crew members and actors, coordinate the action, and make sure the proper sounds and gunshots occurred at the right time, all while actually physically shooting in a neighborhood that also had people living their normal lives while filming was going on.

Fukunaga described the experience in an interview with The Guardian: “If the whole thing wasn’t working I knew I had to abort it really quickly, and so we only got through seven takes,” Fukunaga said. “We had stunt guys coordinating with stunt drivers to pull up at the right time, special-effects guys outside throwing foam bricks and firing live rounds The first three takes were aborted and that was disheartening but finally, on the fourth, we went all the way through and pretty much almost everything landed. The euphoria from the hundreds of people who were around the blocks was pretty amazing. But it was exhausting.”

Now, imagine what Fukunaga could do with a massive budget, a huge stunt team, and enough power to shut down entire locations to film scenes for James Bond. While no plot details have come out yet about the next Bond, Fukunaga’s past work on True Detective has us looking forward to what’s next. Hell, maybe even McConaughey could pop up as a Bond villain.

James Bond 25 is set for a February 14, 2020 release.

Here’s one more look at the scene:
Michael B. Jordan just found himself another franchise. The Creed II and Black Panther star has been locked in to play the Tom Clancy character John Clark for a new film series, according to Variety. Clark, along with Jack Ryan, is one of Clancy’s most well-known characters from his series of bestselling novels.

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Paramount Pictures is putting together the new franchise, and two films are expected to be developed as part of the seri
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es, according to the report. The two books that are being adapted include “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse,” both of which center on Clark. The first film being developed is Without Remorse, which will give the origin story of Jordan’s character.



Recently, Amazon debuted the first season of Jack Ryan, with Office actor John Krasinski taking on the role of the iconic character. The show has already been picked up for a second season and has received positive reviews.

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The character of John Clark, a former Navy Seal who became an operations officer for the CIA, has been on the big screen before. Willem Dafoe in starred as the character in Clear and Present Danger alongside Harrison Ford’s Jack Ryan, while Liev Schreiber played Clark in The Sum of All Fears, which had Ben Affleck in the lead role of Ryan. While nothing about a potential crossover between Krasinski’s Ryan and Jordan’s Clark has been reported, the characters have interacted in many of Clancy’s books over the years.

The news about the Tom Clancy series marks another big development for Jordan in 2018. The actor already starred in one of the biggest movies of the year, Black Panther, and he has another anticipated release in November with Creed II hitting theaters. Jordan has also been rumored as a potential replacement for Henry Cavill if Cavill steps away from the Superman franchise.

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