This delicious one-pot chicken and rice recipe is hearty, easy to make, and ready in a few minutes! It’s a great recipe to reach for when you’re craving a filling meal but don’t have much time after work to put a dish together. Simple, savoury, and herby, this recipe is a must for busy weeks.
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This one-pot chicken and rice recipe is a yummy meal that uses simple ingredients (that you likely already have in your kitchen). I consider this the best chicken and rice recipe since it only requires a few steps and ingredients. Plus, it all comes together quickly.
This simple chicken and rice dish is made with chicken thighs, rice, spices, and fresh mint, creating a flavourful dish you’ll want to eat daily. I’ve also paired the chicken n rice with broccoli to boost the nutrients and fibre in the recipe. The fibre from this veg and the protein from the chicken combine to create a filling, satisfying recipe.
This is one of my favourite chicken and rice recipes, as you can adjust the seasoning to your preference. You can also alter the seasoning for chicken rice recipes (like this one) to fit a specific flavour, such as a Mexican-inspired meal.
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I recommend using skin-on chicken thighs to create additional flavour in this recipe. However, skin-on (or boneless skinless chicken breasts) can be used for a slightly healthier dish. This easy chicken and rice recipe can have a drier consistency if you use chicken breasts since they have a lower fat content.
Note: If you’re in a big time crunch, you can use shredded rotisserie chicken instead of raw thighs or breasts.
Any rice variety, including jasmine, long grain white rice, brown rice, or even instant rice will work for this recipe. Use the variety you have on hand.
If you can’t find or don’t have fresh mint, other fresh herbs will also work well with the seasoning of this chicken rice recipe. Fresh thyme, parsley, rosemary, or sage will also provide a delicious flavour.
See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.
This chicken and rice recipe is already gluten-free naturally, so you won’t need to alter this dish to make it gluten-free. However, it’s essential that you check the chicken stock you’re using, as some brands contain gluten.
You can turn this recipe into a vegan/vegetarian-friendly recipe using a vegan chicken replacement (like Quorn meatless pieces). You’ll also need to swap out the chicken broth with vegetable stock.
3. Thinly slice the spring onions in small round slices and thinly slice lengthways too, reserve one spring onion for the garnish (Image 3).
4. Add the spring onion into the pan. Fry for around 4 minutes (Image 4).
Meanwhile, place the chicken skin-side down into a large non-stick frying pan. Over a low heat, allow the fat to render out of the chicken skin for around 4 minutes before increasing the heat to medium and cooking for a further 10 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper.
5. Then add fried chicken to the pan and add the broccoli stalks in between the chicken pieces. Continue to cook for a further 10 minutes (15 minutes if your chicken thighs are larger) (Image 5).
6. For the cute/curly spring onion garnish, thinly slice lengthways and place in a bowl with ice cold water. Let the magic happen & you’ve got your curly garnish (Image 6).
7. Set the chicken aside and add the spring onion into the pan. Fry for around 4 minutes, then add the garlic & ginger powder, rice, half of the fresh mint, chicken stock and broccoli florets and stir to combine (Image 7).
8. Place the chicken back into the pan. Cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked (Image 8).
Top with fresh mint, reserved spring onion, lime wedges and optional chilli flakes to garnish and enjoy!!
Use even pieces of broccoli.
When creating this recipe, it’s important to use similar-sized bits of veg. Otherwise, you’ll be left with some crunchy pieces and some mushy bits. As you chop the broccoli, do your best to cut it as evenly as possible.
Add other veg.
If you want to increase the nutrients of this dish further, consider adding other veg like sweet peppers, mushrooms, and asparagus. Ensure you add greens (like spinach or kale) much later in the chicken and rice recipe, so they are only slightly wilty.
Sear the chicken skin first.
Searing the chicken skin helps create a crispy texture on the outside of the chicken. It also helps lock in moisture and flavour, creating a tastier dish.
Cook according to the rice instructions.
Each type of rice has a particular cook time. It’s necessary to consider this cook time when creating chicken & rice recipes. Otherwise, you may have overly mushy or slightly crunchy rice (depending on if it’s overcooked or undercooked).
If you have leftover chicken from creating this easy chicken and rice dish, there are quite a few recipes you can create to use up the extra bits.
Yes, you can freeze rice recipes with chicken! Once the chicken and rice recipe has cooled, put it in an airtight container. Then, store it in the freezer for up to two months.
Chicken and rice is a well-balanced, healthy meal, especially if you create a version with plenty of veg. It’s filled with protein, fibre, and other nutrients essential for a healthy diet.
Yes, it’s safe to cook chicken and rice together. The chicken, rice, and veg will be fully cooked before you eat it, so there’s no chance of eating undercooked items.
If you tried this One Pot Chicken & Rice recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x