5 from 13 votes

One Pan Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice

 December 17, 2020

Busy days call for easy dinners, and if you’re anything like me, then you want an easy, restaurant-quality dinner that’s ready in minutes. That’s where this recipe comes in. My One Pan Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice is simple, flavorful, and comes together with just a few pantry staples. Plus, it only requires one pot, which means that you can have a high-quality meal without the mess. There’s nothing better than that!

A big pot of the one pan greek chicken and lemon rice, sitting on a countertop

When it comes to creating the perfect weeknight dinner, there is truly nothing better than a one-pan meal. After all, not only does everything come together in a few simple steps, but a one-pan meal means that you won’t end up with a kitchen full of dishes, at the end. And, after a busy day of work, school, or running after little ones, the last thing you want is to have a sink full of dishes. Take it from me!

This simple Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice comes together in one big pan, and is better than anything that you will find in a restaurant. Don’t believe me? My Greek Chicken Marinade, which this recipe was inspired by, is one of my most popular recipes to date, and has rave reviews!

Plus, another benefit of this recipe being a one-pan meal, is that as the chicken and rice cook together, the rice will soak up all of the delicious chicken juices, leaving it tender, fluffy, and packed with flavor. Is there anything better than that? Pair this dish with my refreshingly simple greek salad, and you’ve got the perfect, better-than-takeout dinner ready in a pinch!

What You Need to MakeThis Flavorful Greek-Inspired Dish

  • Chicken: For this recipe, you can use any cut of chicken that you’d like, whether that’s chicken drum sticks, thighs, or breasts. I do recommend using skin-on chicken, so that the juices from the chicken really sink into the rice!
  • Lemon: You’ll need both the juice and zest of a lemon in order to give the rice that perfect lemony flavor.
  • Onion: You can use any onion variety that you’d like. I use a traditional yellow onion.
  • Garlic: I always recommend using fresh garlic, whenever possible. The flavor is truly unbeatable!
  • Seasonings: Dried oregano and paprika add the perfect flavor to the chicken.
  • Olive Oil: You can definitely feel free to use butter, ghee, or any other oil that you would like to cook with. I personally love the flavor of olive oil, and the fact that it is full of heart-healthy fats.
  • Basmati Rice: Basmati rice is super flavorful and cooks up really nicely in the oven with the chicken. You can also substitute the basmati rice for another variety of long-grain rice.
  • Chicken Broth: You can substitute vegetable broth if you’d like, but I recommend using the chicken broth or bone broth for the best flavor.
  • Parsley: A finishing touch of parsley adds a pop of color and the most delicious flavor.
A pan, filled with the onion, garlic, chopped parsley, and rice, with the chicken broth actively being poured on top
Dice the onion and garlic, then add them to the skillet and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Next, add the rice, broth, lemon juice, remaining oregano, parsley, and a pinch of salt and black pepper, and stir until the ingredients are fully combined.

The Best Kind of Pan For Your One-Pan Meals

The key to making this Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice a true one-pan meal is to use a large pan.! I recommend using a cast-iron skillet that is at least 12 inches. Not only will using a cast-iron skillet make the chicken skin super crispy (let’s be honest, nobody likes soggy chicken), but it will also make the food super flavorful. Plus, a nice, 12-inch cast iron skillet isn’t very expensive and will become a staple in your kitchen.

If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, that is also okay. Just make sure that your pan is at least 12 inches in diameter, and that it is oven safe, too. After you begin preparing the chicken and rice on the stove, you’ll need to transfer the skillet to the oven to finish off the cooking, so having a pan that can handle both is the key to making this a true one-pan meal.

How to Make This Family-Friendly Dinner in Under an Hour

To make this chicken and rice, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Next, season both sides of the chicken with a tablespoon of the oregano, paprika, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and the lemon zest. Press the seasonings onto the chicken so it sticks, and place the chicken to the side.

Then, heat a large skillet, on the stove, over medium heat, and add in one tablespoon of the olive oil. Place the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, and allow it to cook for about 5-6 minutes, until skin is crispy. Then, flip the chicken to the other side and cook for 2 minutes more. Note that the chicken won’t be fully cooked at this point, which is okay! You just want to make sure that the skin is browned and crispy.

Next, remove the chicken from the skillet and place it on a plate to rest while you prepare the rice. Pour any of the chicken juices out onto the plate, then add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet.

Dice the onion and garlic, then add them to the skillet and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Next, add the rice, broth, lemon juice, remaining oregano, parsley, and a pinch of salt and black pepper, and stir until the ingredients are fully combined.

Bring the mixture to a simmer, then gently place the chicken back into the pan, nestling it on top of the rice mixture. Then, turn the heat off and place the pan inside the oven, covered, for 35 minutes, or until the chicken and rice are fully cooked.

Once it’s done, remove it from the oven, remove the cover, and use a fork to fluff the rice. Then, serve it immediately, and enjoy!

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** Photography by Gayle McLeod
A big pot of the one pan greek chicken and lemon rice, sitting on a countertop
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Nut Free/Refined Sugar Free

One Pan Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice

5 from 13 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
SERVES 4
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This One Pan Green Chicken and Lemon Rice is the easiest weekday dinner! What I love the most is that the juices from the chicken mix so well with the lemon rice, so the ultimate flavor explosion!

Ingredients

  • 5 Chicken Thighs, Breasts, or Drumsticks skin-on
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced – this is about 1/4 cup
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic mashed
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregan
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley chopped

Instructions

  • To make this chicken and rice, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Next, season both sides of the chicken with a tablespoon of the oregano, paprika, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and the lemon zest. Press the seasonings onto the chicken so it sticks, and place the chicken to the side.
  • Then, heat a large skillet, on the stove, over medium heat, and add in one tablespoon of the olive oil. 
  • Place the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, and allow it to cook for about 5-6 minutes, until skin is crispy. Then, flip the chicken to the other side and cook for 2 minutes more. Note that the chicken won’t be fully cooked at this point, which is okay! You just want to make sure that the skin is browned and crispy.
  • Next, remove the chicken from the skillet and place it on a plate to rest while you prepare the rice. 
  • Pour any of the chicken juices out onto the plate, then add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet.
  • Dice the onion and garlic, then add them to the skillet and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
  • Next, add the rice, broth, lemon juice, remaining oregano, parsley, and a pinch of salt and black pepper, and stir until the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, then gently place the chicken back into the pan, nestling it on top of the rice mixture.
  • Then, turn the heat off and place the pan inside the oven, covered, for 35 minutes, or until the chicken and rice are fully cooked.
  • Once it’s done, remove it from the oven, remove the cover, and use a fork to fluff the rice. Then, serve it immediately, and enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    We Loved the one pan Greek lemon chicken and rice recipe. Definitely will put this in our menu rotation.

  2. Hi, I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. In step 10, when you mention to “turn the heat off,” do you mean on the stove top or the oven?

  3. Made this tonight for the first time using bone-in, skin-on breasts. Served it with roasted broccoli. It was really easy and smelled great while cooking. We enjoyed it but it’s definitely missing something, but we couldn’t really put our fingers on what would really complement the flavors. I’m also wondering what makes it “Greek?” Usually Greek has olives and feta, neither of which I think would work here. Anyway, will make it again and play around with a few other spices to see what works.

    • Hi Maria, I am so glad you enjoyed it! Greek cuisine incorporates many flavors, not just olives and feta. ☻

  4. Made for dinner. Delicious. I am pleased to have found your website. Some lovely recipes which take little time to prepare. Thank you😊

    • I am so thrilled that you love my recipes, Wendy! Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this recipe this past week and it was delicious. Very flavorful and filling. And super affordable for meal prepping. Thanks!

  6. This dish is simply delicious! We eat it at least once a month in our house. Super easy and always a crowd pleaser!

    • Woohoo! I am so thrilled that you loved this recipe so much! Thank you so much for your support and review, Jen! ☻

  7. This dinner is delicious and easy to make. Loved Greek chicken in restaurants growing up but always assumed it was super complicated. Super flavorful and the rice is amazing. Will be making again. And soon! We added a little more lemon juice.

    • Woohoo! I am so thrilled to hear that you loved it, Jen! Thank you so much for your review!! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    This is my absolute favourite dish! I double it up and eat it a few times in a row – it’s that good. I am a huge fan of KJ recipes… This one is my fav! Easy and absolutely delicious… Every single time! (I’ve shared it with a few people now and they’re loving it too!)

    • That is SO amazing and makes me so happy!! Thank you so much for your review, Jenece!!

    • YAY! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it, it’s a favorite in our house when we want something easy!