Chef Mary: Recipe – Chicken and Rice Bowl with basil pesto

Chicken rice bowl
Chicken rice bowl

LOS ANGELES, August 2, 2014 – Summer basil and good Olive Oil combine together with broccoli florets and tomato to make a delicious summer salad that is delicious and healthy.

Chicken and Rice Bowl

For 2 meals


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ c broccoli florets
  • 1 Roma tomato rough chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 3/4 c brown rice
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Basil Pesto Ingredients-

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • ½ c olive oil
  • light squeeze of lemon juice (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan
  • 1 bunch basil leaves



    1. Salt and pepper chicken breasts, add 1 tbsp olive oil to a sauté pan and sear both sides of the chicken.
    2. Once both sides are seared place in a 325-degree oven for 8-10 minutes, and once cooked dice into small pieces.
    3. Cook the brown rice in 1 1/2 c water
    4. Lightly blanch the broccoli in salted water and set aside
    5. Chop the tomatoes into eights, and chop the parsley
    6. In a large sauté pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil and add the chicken, tomatoes, broccoli and pesto*. Cook for a few minutes and add the brown rice, lemon salt, pepper and parsley.


Pesto Directions-

  1. In a cuisine art, blender or mortar and pestol and blend the basil and olive oil and slowly add the minced garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan. Add more olive oil if it is too thick.


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Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.