One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice is a quick weeknight meal with garlic, lemon, and super flavorful seasoned rice pilaf.
One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice is an easy dish you can make for an easy weeknight meal or guests coming over for dinner.
This One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice dish was the product of a mix of two recipes I love.
I’d been craving the dish and meant to pull out my rice cooker but I had literally no idea where my husband put it away (that drives me nuts by the way).
Want to make with Greek Chicken with white meat?
From a reader, Bryce, who made the recipe with boneless chicken breasts:
Just FYI for anyone in the future who was wondering if you could make this with boneless Chicken Breast–You absolutely can and it is deeeelicious! I followed the pan searing directions for the chicken but after removing them, I set them aside until 25 minutes into cooking the rice portion in the oven. After 25 minutes I added the chicken breast on top and continued cooking it for another 25 minutes. I made it for my neighbors in need, but also made it for us. We loved it and they did too! Thank you!
So I figured I would make a hybrid of the recipe with my Baked Chicken Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole, kind of like my Spanish Olives Chicken and Rice (One Pan!). So a quick series of adjustments and dinner was on the table in no time. Absolutely LOVED it.
With such an easy method, I plan on making a few different flavor variations of this recipe as we go into the fall season:
- One Pot Italian Chicken and Rice with tomato wedges, garlic, parmesan and basil.
- One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice with snow peas and carrots.
- One Pot Jerk Chicken with Dirty Beans and Rice
Tools Used in the making of this One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice Recipe:
Better Than Bouillon: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.
- 4-6 chicken thighs , bone in and skin on
- Kosher salt and pepper , to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion , diced
- 1 cups white rice , uncooked
- 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 lemons , zested and juiced
- 2 cups chicken stock
- parsley , minced for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat the cast iron skillet on high heat.
- Season your chicken to taste with Kosher salt and black pepper.
- Add the chicken, skin side down and cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
- Flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Push the chicken to the side (or onto a plate).
- Add the olive oil to your cast iron skillet and heat on medium-high.
- Add in the onions and start to cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Once the onions are mostly melted add in the lemon zest and garlic cloves. Cook for 30 seconds while stirring.
- Add in the uncooked rice and cook for a minute.
- Pour in the chicken stock and lemon juice, add in the oregano and put the chicken back in skin side up.
- Bake covered with foil for 45-50 minutes.
- Serve with additional lemons on the side in case people want more lemon flavor.
My rice seems still wet. Can I leave in oven uncovered to dry the rice out?
My rice seems still wet. Can I leave in over und covers for awhile?
Can I use cauliflower rice for this recipe? How would cook it.cauliflower rice doesn’t take long to cook.
A family favorite. I use either breast or thighs. If using breasts, take them a bit before the rice is fully cooked, otherwise they become too dry and overcooked. We are liberal with lemon juice so it permeates the dish. Using fresh oregano makes a big difference, as does sprinkling in chopped fresh parsley at the end. I suggest making the dish a couple times, so you can gauge the proper amount of liquid to achieve your preferred texture for the rice.
Hi – I am wondering if I used wild rice instead of white or brown rice if it would still turn out the same?
Tried the one pot Greek rice and chicken dish.my family loved it.
I can already tell this will be a great recipe. With the cast iron, what size have you got?
If I don’t have a cast iron, can I do it with dutch oven?
Thank you very much!
This recipe was AMAZING!!!! I doubled all the spices including the garlic. I will definitely make this again. So flavorful.
Made this dish this evening it was a hit
It was really tasty
Thanks for sharing
You’re welcome, Sharon.
This came out OK. Because of all of the comments about too much liquid, I added more rice but I have to agree that the rice does kind of come out greasy and gummy. I had no idea how much salt to put in it so I under-salted and even with the extra lemon and oregano, it was bland. I didn’t put olive oil because of all of the chicken fat that melted, there was plenty for sautéing the onions. I’m not sure what I’d do different other than more salt a lot more seasoning.
I wash my rice til clear before use.. That may help your texture?? I make this often just a different variation and love it..
I made this tonight and it was delicious! I followed the recommendations for chicken breasts and also did 1 & 3/4 cups chicken stock instead and the rice was perfect. Will make this again!
Made this last night. Did not care for it. Too lemony. Rice was mush.
I don’t get it, you’re cooking the rice for one minute, then what?
The rice cooks for one minute to help prevent it from sticking and getting gluey in the oven. It’s going to have plenty of broth and time in the oven to cook through. Congrats on the paternity leave and happy Thanksgiving!
Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious. I used brown rice & added 1/2 cup more broth. The rice was very creamy & done just right. Will definitely make again.
can I make this in a Dutch oven?
I’ve been making this for nearly a year and husband and I love it! Only difference is I use one lemon instead of two and use basmati rice.
My daughter is vegetarian, so she uses veggie stock and uses vegetarian chicken pieces (puts them in the last 15 minutes of cooking) and both she and her boyfriend enjoy it very much!
Really good flavor, but the rice came out very soupy, despite following directions.
Definitely one of the most delicious dinner recipes I’ve ever made! I didn’t have any white rice on hand (I know, right?) so I used Basmati and it was SO amazing- such a great texture. I didn’t change the liquid volumes at all to accommodate the basmati, I made it exactly as written otherwise. Served with a Greek salad on the side and made for a fantastic Sunday dinner!
Made this recipe with no deviations. The flavor was fantastic. Like others commented, the rice was very creamy, which my fiancé enjoyed. I will try to make the rice a little more fluffy the next time I make this by doing the following- rinsing rice thoroughly to remove starches and decrease chicken stock by 1/2 cup.
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