Lemon Chicken and Rice Skillet

Bright and comforting, this Lemon Chicken and Rice Skillet is an easy and delicious one-pan dinner that comes together in a pinch. This weeknight dinner is packed with flavor, and has all of the protein, carbs, and healthy fats you want for a well-rounded meal! Trust us, you’re going to want to make this one.

Lemon Chicken and Rice in a skillet.One Pan Lemon Chicken Rice Dinner

This Lemon Chicken and Rice Skillet is a hearty, bright, and comforting weeknight dinner option. I’m all about easy meals these days, and I love that this one consists largely of unattended cooking and is made all in one pot for a simpler clean up! It is dairy-free and gluten-free and is bound to be a new beloved family favorite.

Adding ingredients into a skillet for lemon chicken and rice.

Ingredients Needed

This meal is all about the simple, but flavorful ingredients!

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Garlic + Onions
  • Chicken Broth
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemons
  • Salt + Pepper and Spices

Substitutions

Looking for a substitution? Here are some ways to twist up this recipe if you need to, that we know of.

Chicken: We’re calling for chicken breasts here, but you could just as easily switch to chicken thighs.

White Rice: This recipe is specific in terms of how long it needs to cook and how much liquid is added when using uncooked long-grain white rice. If you wanted to use any other type of rice (such as short grain or brown rice) you will need to adjust the cooking time and amount of liquid added.

Can leftover cooked rice be used?

Technically if you wanted to use cooked rice for this skillet dish, it would be a different recipe. This recipe is based on the fact that the rice needs to absorb a certain amount of liquid. However, if you wanted to give it a go with cooked rice, you could try to omit the added broth here, and just saute until the rice is warmed through. It would basically turn into more of a stir-fry!

Can cauliflower rice be used?

Similar to using cooked rice (see above), cauliflower rice could be used, but it would turn it into more of a stir fry. And you really won’t need any added liquid.

A spoonful of Lemon Chicken Rice Skillet

How to Make a  Skillet Rice Dish

We love weeknight meals made all in one pan! It makes for easy cleanup and if we’re lucky, hands-off cooking. This dish requires a few ingredients to be sauteed up first (namely the chicken and the aromatics) but then the rest of the cooking time is hands-off.

The rice will cook all together with the rest of the ingredients, transforming the dish into a comforting rice dish with flavorful and tender chicken.

How to Tell When the Rice is Done

All burners work differently, so you may have to cook the rice a little longer, or make other minor adjustments. We recommend checking the rice at the 30-minute mark to check that the rice is no longer hard. If the rice is al dente, let it cook longer. The rice will continue to cook and absorb liquid for a few more minutes after the heat has shut off, but you want to ensure it is just nearly cooked all the way before pulling it off the heat.

If the rice isn’t cooked but all the liquid is absorbed, you could add another 1/4 cup of broth or more as needed. Alternatively, if there was too much liquid left and the rice was done, remove the cap and let the liquid boil off.

Lemon Chicken and Rice served in a bowl.

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Lemon Chicken and Rice Skillet

Lemon Chicken and Rice in a skillet.

Bright and comforting, this Lemon Chicken and Rice Skillet is an easy and delicious one-pan dinner that comes together in a pinch. This weeknight dinner is packed with flavor, and has all of the protein, carbs, healthy fats you want for a well-rounded meal! Trust us, you’re going to want to make this one.

  • Author: Lexi Davidson
  • Prep Time: 00:10
  • Cook Time: 00:40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, diced into 11/2 pieces
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 11/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Sliced lemon, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. One hot add garlic and onions and cook, until beginning to soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in chicken and cook until no pink remains on the outside, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in chicken broth, rice, parsley, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, pepper flakes and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to the lowest setting. Add sliced lemon on top of rice, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is fluffy and no broth is left.
  5. Serve with additional pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley.

Notes

Want to make this with cauliflower rice or cooked rice? You could try to omit the added broth here, and just saute until the rice is warmed through. It would basically turn into more of a stir-fry!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 595
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 672mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 75mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 46g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg

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December 2, 2020

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28 Responses

  1. This recipe was so easy and really delicious, love the lemon flavor! I added some fresh green beans in too! Definitely a make again! 🙂

  2. Hi Lexi, this is my first visit to your blog and I am glad I have. I love the Idea of one one pan or pot cooking myself,less mess, less cleaning with amazing flavours you have to love it. I will definitely try the lemon garlic chicken dish for the family, (if you don’t mind) i might substitute the rice with pearl couscous. My kitchens ingredient of the month.

  3. Delicious! Added in grape tomotatoes & spinach. Used the cauliflower rice and it still filled up my boyfriend and I. Thanks for the new recipe!

  4. 5 Star Recipe! Quick and easy to make, wholesome ingredients, great flavor and love the leftovers! Thanks Lexi!

  5. Delicious recipe! One thing to note is if you are using basmati rice, reduce the broth to about 1 and 1/3 cups to 1 cup of rice. Otherwise rice turns out very mushy.

  6. I can’t eat chicken…even good chicken! I’m using turkey breast and addinf spinach (or maybe broccoli). Lemon and garlic .my favorite! One pot sounds about right too.

  7. I am making this right now and am so excited to test it out! Lemon and garlic are two of my favorite flavors. I love all of your other recipes Lexi–especially your pancakes and pad thai. I already assume this one will be wonderful!

  8. This recipe was incredibly easy to make and a winner with my whole family! It’s perfect for busy weeknights! Love your recipes- thanks for sharing!

  9. Just tried this and my husband and I both loved it., great flavors and so easy! My only problem is any time I try a one-pot meal with rice like this, the rice turns out mushy. I always get fluffy individual grains in the rice cooker. I’ve tried similar chicken or sausage and rice one pot meals and it’s the same thing, so I think it’s me, not the recipe! Any tips, or is mushy rice the price I pay for the convenience of cooking everything together? To be clear, I’m totally willing to pay that price haha.

    5.0 rating

  10. This was so good and easy! Also threw in some dried minced onion for a stronger onion flavor and some oregano.

    5.0 rating

  11. This was really good and pretty easy. We are partial to a little spice so I think I will double up the red pepper flakes next time, but really love this

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