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One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

This One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice is a meal the whole family will love! Chicken, rice, lemon, oregano come together to make a creamy rice and chicken dish. This is a great meal for busy weeknights that takes regular chicken and rice and kicks it up a notch.

One pot lemon herb chicken and rice in a large pot with sliced lemons on top. Chicken is seared and golden brown. Rice is cooked and golden in color from seasoning.

One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice Recipe

Ingredients for One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

Not only is this recipe easy to make but it also only requires simple ingredients, most of which are pantry staples! For this recipe you will need:

  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • chicken breasts- While I haven’t tested this recipe with another cut I think chicken thighs would also work well for this recipe. I would be sure to use boneless chicken for this recipe because the cooking time is not long enough to cook chicken with bones.
  • shallot (or onion)
  • garlic
  • rice- We used jasmine rice for this recipe but any regular white rice should work for this recipe.
  • lemon
  • chicken broth- chicken stock or vegetable broth can also be used.

This recipe is written as gluten free and dairy free but be sure to check all of your ingredient labels to make sure that they are gluten and dairy free before cooking. See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and the full recipe.

Close up picture of a lemon slice on top of three pieces of chicken breast. Chicken is on top of cooked white rice.

How to Make Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

Step One: Gather all ingredients

Start this recipe by gathering all of your ingredients. After the chicken is seared the recipe moves quickly. Having your ingredients ready to go will make this recipe even easier to make.

Step Two: Prep ingredients

Trim the chicken breasts and set them aside. Chop the shallot and garlic. Zest and juice the lemon and set them aside.

Step Three: Heat pot and season chicken

Heat a large pot over medium high heat. While waiting for pan to heat, season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano.

Step Four: Brown chicken

Add olive to pan and place chicken breasts in pan. Let cook on each side until browned then remove from pan and place on a plate. Chicken will not be cooked through at this point.

Step Five: Cook garlic and shallots

After removing the chicken breasts from the pan lower the heat to medium low. Add chopped shallot and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes or until shallot starts to soften.

Step Six: Start rice and return chicken to the pot

Lower heat to low and add rice, chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano and salt to pot. Stir to combine. Place chicken breasts back in the pot.

Step Seven: Let cook

Cover with lid and let cook for 20-25 minutes or until all broth is absorbed and rice is cooked through. While the dish is finishing cooking, prepare any side dishes you want to add.

Step Eight: Check temperature of chicken and serve

Before eating check the temperature of the chicken breasts to make sure they are cooked through. Top with additional lemon slices if desired. Serve with your favorite veggies and enjoy this easy family friendly meal. Try side dishes like Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan, Easy Air Fryer Green Beans, Sweet and Salty Air Fryer Rainbow Carrots and Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad.

One pot lemon herb chicken and rice in a large pot with sliced lemons on top. Picture is zoomed in to chicken with lemon slices around on top of the rice.

How to Store Leftovers

Allow leftovers to cool and then store in an airtight container. Eat leftovers within 5 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave until heated thoroughly.

One pot lemon herb chicken and rice in a large pot with sliced lemons on top. Chicken is seared and golden brown. Rice is cooked and golden in color from seasoning.

One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice is a meal the whole family will love! Chicken, rice, lemon, oregano come together to make a creamy rice and chicken dish. This is a great meal for busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • salt, pepper, paprika and oregano
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 lemon sliced, optional

Instructions

  1. Trim the fat off of the chicken breasts and set them aside.
  2. Chop the shallot and garlic. Zest and juice the lemon and set them aside.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium high heat. While waiting for pan to heat, season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano.
  4. Add olive to pan and place chicken breasts in pan. Let cook on each side until browned then remove from pan and place on a plate. Chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
  5. Lower the heat to medium low. Add chopped shallot and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes or until shallot starts to soften.
  6. Lower heat to low and add rice, chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of oregano and 1/2 teaspoon salt to pot. Stir to combine. Place chicken breasts back in the pot.
  7. Cover with lid and let cook for 20-25 minutes or until all broth is absorbed and rice is cooked through.
  8. Before eating check the temperature of the chicken breasts to make sure they are cooked through. Top with additional lemon slices if desired and serve.

Notes

See post for notes on substitutions and additions.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 479Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1022mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 43g

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