Easy And Flavorful Chicken And Rice Dinners: One-Pot Wonders And More

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Rice is a versatile and affordable staple food enjoyed worldwide. Combined with chicken, it creates a comforting and satisfying dinner option. This article explores several delicious chicken and rice recipes perfect for busy weeknights. We’ll delve into ingredients, easy-to-follow directions, and provide nutritional information for each recipe.

One-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice

Best Chicken & Rice Recipes - How To Cook Chicken and Rice
Best Chicken & Rice Recipes – How To Cook Chicken and Rice

This fuss-free recipe is a flavor explosion with minimal cleanup.

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a bowl, toss chicken breasts with olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    3. Spread rice and onion in a single layer on the bottom of a baking dish.
    4. Arrange chicken breasts on top of the rice and onion mixture.
    5. Pour chicken broth around the chicken and rice.
    6. Top with lemon slices.
    7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and rice is fluffy.
    8. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

    Nutritional Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 400

  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbs: 40g
  • Fat: 15g

  • Spicy Cajun Chicken and Dirty Rice

    This recipe adds a kick with bold Cajun spices and incorporates classic “dirty rice” ingredients like ground sausage and vegetables.

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground sausage (mild or spicy)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion

  • Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    2. Add sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
    3. Drain off any excess grease.
    4. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
    5. Stir in garlic, Cajun seasoning, thyme, and black pepper.
    6. Cook for 1 minute more.
    7. Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and rice to the skillet.
    8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until rice is cooked through and liquid is absorbed.
    9. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
    10. Stir in green onion before serving.

    Nutritional Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 500

  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Fat: 25g

  • Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

    This comforting casserole is perfect for a cozy night in. It features tender chicken, fluffy rice, and a creamy sauce.

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
    2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    3. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
    4. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
    5. In a bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, milk, cheddar cheese, and parsley.