One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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

We love making easy and delicious chicken meals for the family to enjoy. Among our most popular chicken dishes are Instant Pot Orange Chicken,  Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken and One Pan Garlic Chicken and Rice.

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

One 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. I love a good chicken and rice meal, and believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

You can totally cook the rice separately, but why would you, if you can easily cook everything in one pan and infuse it with flavors. After you brown the chicken, sear the rice with some onions, you add the chicken back to the pan, cover with foil and bake everything. You end up with amazing buttery rice and super juicy chicken.  

One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

One Pan Italian Chicken And Rice Recipe Tips:

  • 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.

Can I make this meal using Boneless Chicken Breast?

Yes you can, sear the chicken to brown it, set the aside, cover with foil. Add the rice to the pan, and do NOT add the chicken. Follow the directions for the sauce. Transfer the rice to the oven and cook the rice covered for 25 minutes. After that add the chicken breast on top and cook for another 20 minutes. Add the sauce on top of the chicken and enjoy.

This is such an easy recipe, that you can also adjust based on your preference. You can skip the sauce part and just cook the chicken with a garlic rub, some oil, salt, pepper, fresh lemon zest and juice. It will taste delicious and it will make up for a very easy and quick dinner.

What wines pair well with Italian Chicken and Rice?

  • A nice, fruity red wine such as Zinfandel or Syrah will pair nicely with the flavors in this chicken dish.
  • If you’re looking for a white option, Riesling or Pinot Grigio are always great matches for sweet and savory, somewhat spicy dishes.

How to make lemon zest?

Follow the easy steps below:

  • Rinse the lemon.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Grate the yellow skin of the lemon only. Grate just enough to get through the yellow skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the lemon and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the lemon and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

Honey Lemon One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice

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One Pan Italian Chicken and Rice
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 6  chicken thighs  (bone-in / skin-on)
  • 2  tablespoons  Vigo Olive Oil 

Marinade:

  • 1   lemon zested and juiced 
  • 3  tablespoons   honey 
  • 3  tablespoons   soy sauce 
  • 3  tablespoons   olive oil 

Rice:

  • 1   medium sweet onion diced 
  • 6   garlic cloves minced 
  • 1 cup  rice  
  • 1  tablespoon   Italian seasoning 
  • 1  teaspoon   lemon zest 
  • 2  cup s  chicken broth 

Garnish:

  •  lemon zest 
  •  parsley chopped 

Instructions

  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 stir for 1 minute.

  6. Add the Italian seasoning, lemon zest and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan, skin side up. Garnish with halved lemons.

  8. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes in the preheated oven.

  9. When 5 minutes are left, uncover the pan and broil for 5 minutes.

  10. Garnish with lemon zest, parsley and serve.
0 Calories: 433 Carbohydrates: 20 Protein: 16 Fat: 32 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 83 Sodium: 910 Potassium: 407 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 13 Vitamin A: 130 Vitamin C: 13 Calcium: 94 Iron: 2.7
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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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Kayley

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

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Carly Williams

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

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

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

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Patricia @ Grab a Plate

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.

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Jen

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!

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Dee

This looks perfect, and I love that it's a one dish dinner!

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Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

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

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Tim

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

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Krista

I will have to save this for a busy weeknight!

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LISA BREECE

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

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Ashley Kolpak

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

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Elizabeth

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

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Molly

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

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Melissa

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

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Geoff

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

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Diane Wilkins

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!

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Jacque

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

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Carissa

Trying to make this.. but I'm having to guess how much chicken to use with chicken breasts.. and no quantity is given for the rice, so I'm guessing again.. I'd like to see this recipe rewritten with more exact measurements

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