This one-pot chicken and rice is about to be your family’s favourite. The skinless chicken thighs are tender and juicy and the rice is perfectly fluffy.
This is sure a winner weeknight dinner you and your family will enjoy. It is simple, comforting and delicious! Serve it with steamed carrots, broccoli or asparagus.
One pot chicken and rice recipe
Who doesn’t like a good one pot dinner? I make them all the time because they are super easy, convenient and quick to make. My family enjoys this easy one pan dish too, more importantly, I am glad my readers love it too.
Although both chicken and rice recipes on the blog were made in my instant pot pressure cooker. I am listening to my readers who are yet to join the instant pot bandwagon and showing you how I make stovetop one-pan chicken and rice in easy steps. Today’s recipe is similar to my instant pot chicken and rice and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
This recipe is so good that you can make it into your own. I love smoked paprika and I add it to almost anything. Can I pretend it is a sort of Spanish vibe? Just kidding but really, if you are not a fan of the spices used in today’s recipe then you can simply make it your own. That said, the flavors in this rice and chicken is AMAZING!!!
Related post: One-pan chicken dinner, this is a simple chicken and potato recipe made in one tray. You may also like this garlic butter-infused chicken, rice with mushrooms.
Why you will love this recipe
- It is simple, quick and fast
- Uses simple pantry ingredients
- Minimal prep: 10 minutes tops!
- While this is stove top recipe, it can be oven baked too.
- Totally customisable to taste
- Depending on the type of rice, you are using, this recipe would be ready in 30 minutes. See why you have to love a one-pot dinner? It is totally awesome!
- It stores well in the fridge at least for up to 5 days, I like to keep it for 3 days maximum for optimum freshness. You can also freeze it too!
Chicken and Rice Ingredients
Uncooked Basmati rice: swap for jasmine rice or long grain rice. I used golden sella basmati rice which cooks like long grain rice.
Bone-in skinless chicken thighs: I removed the skin off the chicken myself as we hardly eat chicken with skin on. Also, to make this recipe healthy, it is best to cook without the skin.
Mixed herbs: swap for Italian seasoning or herb de Provence
Smoked paprika: substitute for sweet paprika
Salt and black pepper
Olive oil: substitute with vegetable oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or any other cooking oil of choice.
Low sodium chicken stock.
Green onions for garnish: substitute for chives, parsley or even coriander.
How to make chicken and rice in one pot in easy steps
To a small mixing bowl, add smoked paprika, mixed herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper and mix to combine. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear and set aside.
Add the chicken thighs to a bigger bowl and add the seasoning reserving about a teaspoon for later. Mix until the chicken is well coated.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat, carefully add the chicken, skin side down and sear for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove the chicken and place it on a plate and set it aside. (You can blot the oil with a kitchen towel if it looks too much at this point as the chicken releases its own oil too)
Sauté the chopped onions in the hot oil until soft, stir in the rinsed rice and toast for about a minute or two making sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Pour the chicken stock over the rice, the reserved seasoning and stir to combine. Deglaze the bottom of the pan while stirring by scraping the bottom of the pan. This way the rice doesn’t burn when cooking.
Arrange the chicken thighs over the rice then cover the pot with its lid and cook on low-medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the type of rice you are using. When the rice is done, it would be tender, fluffy and the water would be absorbed too.
Garnish the rice with chopped green onions, cover and let it stand for another 3 minutes. fluff the rice with a fork, serve and enjoy!
- Squeeze a bit of lemon or lime over the rice and chicken for a zesty flavour
- You can stir in a handful of spinach or frozen vegetables 5 minutes to the end of the cooking time for a healthier option.
Frequently Asked Question
Can I bake chicken and rice in the oven?
Absolutely, all you have to do is preheat the oven at 180C/350F. follow all the steps above but instead of cooking on the stove, bake in the oven covered for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Is chicken and rice healthy?
Yes, it is, but as with everything in life, you have to eat it in moderation regardless of how delicious it is. It contains protein and carbs that is good for the body.
Can this be made ahead?
Yes, in fact rice and chicken is great for meal prepping and tastes better the next day too.
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Pressure cooker rice and chicken
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One Pot Chicken and Rice
- 1½ cups uncooked basmati rice
- 6 chicken thighs
- 1 ½ teaspoon mixed herbs
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 cup onion chopped any types of onion would work for this recipe.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cups low sodium chicken stock.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup green onions to garnish sub with chives, parsley or coriander
- To a small mixing bowl, add smoked paprika, mixed herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper and mix to combine. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear and set aside.
- Add the chicken thighs to a bigger bowl and add the seasoning reserving about a teaspoon for later. Mix until the chicken is well coated.
- Heat up olive oil on medium high heat, carefully add the chicken, skin side down and sear for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove the chicken and place on a plate and set aside. (You can blot the oil with kitchen towel if it looks too much at this point as the chicken releases its own oil too)
- Sauté the chopped onions in the hot oil until soft and translucent, add the butter, and stir until melted. stir in the rinsed rice and toast for about a minute or two making sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Pour the chicken stock over the rice, add the reserved seasoning, and stir to combine. Deglaze the bottom of the pan while stirring by scraping the bottom of the pan. This way the rice doesn’t burn when cooking.Taste and adjust seasoning to taste at this point
- Arrange the chicken thighs over the rice then cover the pot with its lid and cook on low-medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the type of rice you are using. When the rice is done, it would be tender, fluffy and the water would be absorbed too.
- Garnish the rice with chopped green onions, cover and let it stand for another 3 minutes. fluff the rice with a fork, serve and enjoy!
- The top of the chicken might look dry when the dish is ready, this is totally fine and nothing to worry about. simply stir the chicken into the rice without tearing it and voila, you will be left with shiny and presentable looking pieces of chicken.
- If you are using a different type of rice then adjust the liquid ratio and cooking time to suit.
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Michele Lynn says
Lovely dish. How would you suggest reheating the leftovers?
Alyssa Torres says
I think this recipe satisfy’s everyone in the family, Thank you!! So delicious ❤️
I tried this recipe however I replaced the mixed herb with a spoon of Malaysian curry powder. The recipe turned out incredibly well. My 6 and 7 year old daughter loved it much more than I had anticipated.
Loved it! Such a quick, healthy, tasty dinner. Plan to add spinach and mushrooms next time.
Howard Wayne says
I prepared this dish for dinner last night. It was delicious.
Thank you for providing a Recipe that has been tested.
Just follow the directions and enjoy the dish!
Rebeccah Davies says
Mine didn’t look like this but it sure was tasty!!
I am glad to hear that, Rebeccah. Thank you for the feedback
This was great, thank you!! I can't have butter, but omitted it without any substitutions and it was still great (I still had oil in the pan after removing the chicken).
I also used boneless chicken breasts, since that was what I had on-hand and it turned out great - I just cut them into "chicken strip" sizes so they cooked through. We'll absolutely make again! Thanks! 🙂
Nyaradzai Dube says
This was absolutely amazing! It was my first time trying such a recipe and it was amazing!
I I tried the recipe and it’s delicious. My grandson wants me to cook it again.
I have a question though, we had butter as one of the ingredients but it is not mentioned anywhere in the method. Please explain
Hi Estelle, I am glad you and your grandson enjoyed this recipe. The butter is added when you saute the onions. I will fix it now in the recipe card.
I suggest using boneless/skinless. I used bone in thighs and they were undercooked and gross. I even threw them in the oven for an extra 15 minutes. The rice was delicious. I used extra butter!
What size pan are you using here? Will a 3.5 qt pan hold all of this do you think? Looks amazing and can’t wait to try it out!
Jamal Woods says
I LOVED this, I opted for Jasmine rice as I didn't have any Basmati rice on hand at the current moment. This came out stellar, and you weren't kidding about being able to make it your own. Your blueprint is AMAZING. This will definitely be added to weekly rotation. We love simplicity around here lol.
My only question is about the 'Mixed Herbs' ingredient. What exactly is it? I just ended up using Italian seasoning with some dried Thyme and Rosemary mixed in and it came out lovely still, and a bayleaf for the final step. Thank you again!
Jessica B. says
My hubby asks for this every week! Thank you for this! We always have enough leftover for lunch the next day, too. I added some frozen peas tonight and fresh parsley- mmmm smells and looks amazing!
I made this tonight for my family. It was a big hit. The tweeks I made: instant brown rice & added some extra chicken base. Next time I'm going to add some peas & carrots. I don't always love one pot recipes but this one was awesome.
The aroma that filled the house as I cooked was amazing.
It's definitely my new favourite.
This recipe is a perfect base that can be served as is or adapted for so many variations! Added cherry tomatoes, frozen veggies, and feta on top of the rice with the chicken to make a Mediterranean dish today, yum!
Rebecca Peebles says
I want to try this recipe but how in the world are chicken thighs done in 15 minutes? Thank you!
Hi Rebecca, don't forget you will sear the chicken thighs for a few minutes before you cook them with the rice. The steam from the rice helps cook the chicken. If you are in doubt. check the temp of the meat (165F/73C).
Hi there. Thanks for the inspiration today. I used your recipe as a guide and made it totally my own. I used chicken breasts along with fresh veggies and herbs and spices. Delish 😋
The thighs I used were already at 115° when I finished the searing them. I did 20 minutes for the rice and the chicken was all 175° or higher.
This has become a dinner favorite. I make it just as the recipe stars and it always comes out perfectly!
Thank you, Marie! I am glad you loved this recipe
Susie M says
I love this recipe! It’s so tasty and the thighs are tender. Ive made this several times my whole loves it too!
Wow! The full family loved this and I have picky eaters. I never have much luck when cooking rice for some reason. This is the first time rice has worked out for me. Am super happy. This recipe will most defiantly be added to my fav recipes. Thank you.
This was great super easy to follow and make, I made this in a Dutch oven and added a bag of frozen peas and carrots that I had in my freezer with a little chicken bouillon to make up some of the flavor loss after adding the frozen vegetables. DELICIOUS!!!
Thank you, Lex, for the tip, I am glad you enjoyed this recipe!
Kevin L. says
Made this in a dutch oven on the stove. Excellent!!!
Thank you Kelvin for your great feedback.
Would this work in a cast iron?
Yes, you can cook the rice and chicken in a cast iron, do kindly let me know how it turns out. thanks
Made this recipe today with boneless chicken breasts and WOW! Even without onion powder the taste is amazing! Love it & thanks for sharing!
Yay! thanks for the feedback, Nella!
Recipe came out great. The rice had a great flavour. I used a bit of regular paprika and an equal amount less of smoked paprika because I don't like too much of the smoked paprika flavour.
Great fish,family loved it!!!
When does the butter get added?
The butter goes in just after you saute the onions. I have now added the missing info to the recipe card. Thank you and I hope you get to try the recipe
The recipe doesn't include chicken, so I think the calorie count is off.
Hello Mega, thank you for the observation, it was an oversight. It's all updated now.
What would be the cooking time for using an instant pot?
follow the steps in the recipe and cook for 6 minutes on high pressure, alternatively, follow this recipe https://www.thedinnerbite.com/instant-pot-chicken-thighs-and-rice/
This was great! Thank you! I only had boneless, skinless thighs and it still came out great. I think you forgot to say where to add the butter, but honestly it didn’t need it! Realized at the end that I never used it 🙂
I am making this today using boneless, skinless chicken thighs and extra long grain white rice because that's all I have on hand. I am praying this turns out okay because this is the only chicken and rice recipe I could find that sounds and looks appetizing. Will post my results
You never posted your results...