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One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

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One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice is the perfect weeknight meal that is packed with flavor, budget friendly and also very easy to make.

One Pan Italian Chicken and RiceOne Pan Italian Chicken and Rice is one of the easiest dishes you can make! Full of flavor and just with a few ingredients, this meal won’t break the bank and will be a time saver during crazy weeknights. Vigo foods kindly sponsored this post, so I can show you how you can make a delicious meal, with simple, affordable ingredients. All the opinions as always are my own. I love a good chicken and rice meal, and believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

 One Pan Italian Chicken is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

For this recipe I have used Vigo Arborio Rice Boil-In-BagThe rice is perfectly portioned into servings and can be cooked in only 14-16 minutes. It is the perfect rice to serve as a side dish, in a salad or as a base of a one-dish meal. It is convenient and easy to use, without having to measure ingredients.

The One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice can also be made with Farro Boil-In-Bag. Farro is an ancient Roman grain that is high in protein and fiber and also very easy to digest. Vigo Farro is pearled, meaning the hull has been partly removed and results in a quicker cooking time. Perfectly portioned servings cook in only 16 – 18 minutes. Convenient and mess free! It has an interesting texture and nutty flavor that would compliment many dishes.


Another great option is Organic Quinoa Boil-In-Bag. Quinoa is a popular super food that it is easy to prepare and adds texture and crunchiness to many dishes. It is also very versatile and can be used in place of other grains in many recipes. Perfectly portioned servings cook in only 12-15 minutes, and are very convenient to use.

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

Tips and Tricks to make the perfect One Pan Italian Chicken And Rice:

  • I like making this dish with chicken thighs, but it works great with chicken breasts too.
  • For the best flavors, it’s better to marinate the chicken for a few hours or overnight.
  • Brown chicken before adding it to the pan, so it gets that crisp texture.
  • You can add less garlic if you want I personally love garlicky meals, so the more the merrier!
  • For a spicier kick, add 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes.
  • Don’t skip the fresh lemon zest. It adds a nice punch of freshness.
One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice is the perfect weeknight meal, that is packed with flavor, budget friendly and also very easy to make.
5 from 2 votes

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice is the perfect weeknight meal, that is packed with flavor, budget friendly and also very easy to make.


  • chicken thighs
  • tablespoons Vigo Olive Oil
  • lemon zested and juiced
  • tablespoons  honey
  • tablespoons  soy sauce
  • tablespoons  olive oil
  • medium sweet onion diced
  • garlic cloves minced
  • bags Vigo Arborio Rice Boil in Bag
  • tablespoon  Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon  lemon zest
  • cup  chicken broth
  • lemon zest
  • parsley chopped


  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken thighs to a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over them. Shake, close and marinate for 1 to 6 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. Place a 9 or 10 inch cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the chicken nicely on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add onion to the pan, cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  5. Add the uncooked rice and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  6. Add the Italian seasoning, lemon zest and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan. Garnish with halved lemons.
  8. Cover with foil and cook for 25-30 minutes until rice is cooked.
  9. Uncover, turn on the boil and cook for another 5-7 minutes until chicken is golden brown.
  10. Garnish with lemon zest, parsley and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can cook the rice in the microwave per the bag instructions. After that, add the rice to the pan of cooked onion and garlic. Mix in the Italian seasoning and lemon zest. Add 1/2 cup of the broth, add the chicken, cover with foil and cook for about 10 minutes. Broil at the end.

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One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice is the perfect weeknight meal that is packed with flavor, budget friendly and also very easy to make.

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17 comments on “One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice”

  1. I haven’t used Vago products before, but they sound interesting! I’m most intrigued by the Farro variety, although they all sound good.

  2. I love the basmati rice! I prepare it with chicken and vegetables.

  3. That is what I want for dinner, looks so good!

  4. Wow! Vigo’s sounds like a real time saver for the food I love! I’ll look at their site, for sure! This dish! It looks so scrumptious! Perfect for a special dinner, too.

  5. We love garlic too and this meal looks perfect for us! I can’t believe I’ve never seen Vigo’s rice bags before. I’m definitely checking those out!

  6. This looks perfect, and I love that it’s a one dish dinner!

  7. One pan dishes are like music to my ears! I love them!

  8. My favorite are the Italian bread crumbs. This time of year in particular they come in handy.

  9. I will have to save this for a busy weeknight!

  10. I love the Vigo yellow rice with chicken. I just made a huge pot of it tonight.

  11. I like read beans and rice and using it as a side dish when I make tacos

  12. I love to make their Paella and add in tons of veggies plus chicken and sausage!

  13. I love rice in the bag. It’s so flexible and goes great with any sort of protein.

  14. I love their Jambalaya mix. It’s great if you add chicken or shrimp.

  15. Vigo’s rice and lentil pilaf makes a great side dish with grilled meats.

  16. I’m a big fan of One Pan recipe. Definitely gonna give this one a try soon, hope it will be tasty for the kids. Thanks!

  17. Do you or anyone have a recipe for Chiken Vesuvious? Thank you, it’s a delicious Italian dish!

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