One Pot Chicken and Rice

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This One Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is an easy-to-make, delicious and family-friendly meal. I make it with simple pantry items and any available vegetables

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This One Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is THAT dish for my kids – that healthy dish I make for my kids that I know they’ll eat up quickly without complaining. I switch up the vegetables depending on what I have on hand, but it’s always a cozy, complete meal that I know will leave my whole family content! Plus, as the name implies, this one pot chicken and rice comes together quickly and easily, in one pot, and is the perfect family weeknight meal.

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I’m a big fan of one-pot wonders, like this chicken and rice dish, especially on those busy weeknights when the last thing you want to do is tackle a mountain of dishes. The blend of juicy chicken, fluffy rice, and colorful veggies (all seasoned to perfection), makes every bite taste like you actually spent hours next to the stove. This one pot chicken and rice is so good that I usually make a double batch because the leftovers are just as amazing the next day – sometimes even better!

Easy, quick, and delicious! My carrots went bad, so I used broccoli, and I only had frozen peas…SO GOOD! Also, I didn’t have any fresh onions or garlic, so used granulated onions and garlic…amazing….ALSO, didn’t have chicken broth so used bone broth, seriously a delicious and nutritions dish that family will love. Thank you for creating this recipe!C

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: Stovetop
Dietary Info: Gluten-Free (if gluten-free broth is used), Meat-Based
Key Flavor: Savory
Skill Level: Easy


  • Quick To Make: In just 30 minutes, you’ll be dishing out plates of this comforting meal. It’s a lifesaver on hectic weeknights!
  • Cozy Flavors: The blend of tender chicken breast, aromatic garlic, and earthy oregano creates a cozy, homey taste that’s truly irresistible.
  • One-Pot-Wonder: Say goodbye to piles of dishes! This recipe’s magic lies in its simplicity – everything cooks together in one pot, making both cooking and cleanup a breeze.
  • Great For Meal Prep: Leftovers from this dish are a meal-prepper’s dream. The savory flavors meld and deepen overnight, giving you a ready-to-reheat dinner or lunch for the next day that tastes even better.
  • Kid-Friendly: Watch your little ones gobble up their dinner without a fuss! This one pot chicken and rice is gently flavored and packed with familiar, non-spicy ingredients, making it a hit with the kiddos.

Ingredients for chicken and rice

  • Onion and garlic: Cook until they are browned for a nice base layer of flavor.
  • Chicken: Use chicken breast that is cut into cubes. You can also make this recipe with thighs if you prefer.
  • Seasonings: Oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Rice: We find that long-grain white rice for this recipe. You can use brown or wild rice, but the cooking times will vary.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, frozen corn, and frozen peas.
  • Broth: You can use chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Parmesan cheese: This is optional, but it’s a great add in! Use freshly grated rather than pre grated for the best flavor.
  • Add Extra Veggies: Boost the nutrition and color of this one pot meal by tossing in extra vegetables. Think bell peppers for a sweet crunch, zucchini for a bit of green, or even some spinach for an iron-rich addition. The more, the better!
  • Swap The Herbs: Change up the flavor profile by experimenting with different herbs. Thyme or rosemary can give a more earthy taste, while a sprinkle of basil could add a fresh, slightly sweet twist.
  • Try a Different Protein: If you’re not in the mood for chicken, this dish is just as tasty with other proteins like turkey, shrimp, or even tofu for a plant-based option.
  • Mix Up The Grains: Not a fan of white rice? This one pot meal with chicken can be just as delicious with brown rice, quinoa, or even couscous. Just keep in mind the cooking times and liquid ratios, as they can vary with different grains.


How to make one pot chicken and rice

  1. Cook the onions with olive oil until they’re soft and lightly browned.
  2. Add the cubed chicken, salt, pepper, and oregano. You can add in other seasonings you’d like here.
  3. Fully cook the chicken until the juices run dry.
  4. Add any vegetables you’re using and rice. I love using colorful vegetables like carrots, peas and corn.
  5. Add chicken broth or water and bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Allow the one pot chicken and rice to rest for 5-10 minutes before opening it so the steam continues to cook the rice. Then fluff it with a fork and serve to your hungry family!
Process shots to show step by step how to make the recipe

Then you can serve the dish as is, or with a side salad. It has a pretty simple versatile flavor so it goes well with many salads. We love pairing it with my fattoush recipe or my chopped salad recipe.

This recipe was so easy and SO GOOD! My entire family loved it and even asked for seconds. Thanks for another tasty and easy recipe! – Nergis

Tips to make the best one pot chicken and rice

  1. Swap out the veggies as you like . You can use frozen, fresh, or canned vegetables in this dish based on your preference and what’s available in your fridge. Keep it fuss-free!
  2. Use good quality rice. I prefer to use long grain white rice or white basmati rice so that it doesn’t clump up. Avoid using minute or instant rice because it will likely yield a mushy consistency.
  3. Use onion powder instead of onions if you have picky eaters. I know some kids hate seeing onions in their food, so you can definitely swap it for the powder if that’s the case. But try first chopping them finely to see if they’ll even notice them in the pot among the chicken and rice.
  4. Cut the vegetables and chicken into bite sized pieces. Not only is that better for kids, but it’s great to get a bite that has a little bit of veggies, rice and chicken all at together!
  5. Use water instead of chicken broth if necessary. In that case, make sure you season the water heavily. And you can also consider increasing the quantity of the aromatics like garlic, celery and the herbs. They will really help build up the flavor lost by not using chicken broth.

How to store & reheat chicken and rice

To store this one pot chicken and rice, let it cool down to room temperature first. Then, transfer it into an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. 

To reheat, just scoop out the portion you need into a microwave-safe dish. Cover it with a microwave-safe lid or a damp paper towel, and microwave it on high for a couple of minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure even heating. You can also reheat it in a pot over the stove on medium heat. 

How long will chicken and rice last in the fridge? In the fridge, your one pot meal will stay good for about 3 to 4 days.

Can you freeze chicken and rice? Yes, you can freeze it. Put it in a freezer-safe container or a heavy-duty freezer bag, label it with the date, and it’ll keep well for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight, and reheat it using any of the methods above once you want to enjoy it again.

When the rice and chicken dish is all cooked and fluffed

Frequently asked questions

What is a one pot meal?

A one pot meal is a complete meal made in one pan. They require little prep and very little clean up, so they are a great option when you are on short on time and hate washing up! Be sure to check out my One-Pot Ravioli Soup for another easy family meal!

How do I cook this with brown rice?

If you want to make it with brown rice, be sure to add ½ a cup of liquid and cook it for an additional 20-25 minutes, according to package instructions.

Is chicken and rice a balanced meal?

This one pot meal is a great healthy meal for the whole family. It contains protein, carbs and a good helping of vegetables and it is low in fat and sugar. It’s an easy way to serve a healthy meal to your family with very little effort.

One serving of chicken and rice

My One Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is a well balanced meal that includes protein, vegetables and carbs with simple flavors for little palettes and it’s all made in one pot for easy cooking and even easier clean-up! I always make 2 cup of this recipe because the leftovers are lifesavers. It’s a working parents’ dream meal that the whole family will love!

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One Pot Chicken and Rice

This One Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is an easy-to-make, delicious and family-friendly meal. I make it with simple pantry items and any available vegetables
5 from 809 votes
Servings 8 servings
Course Entree
Calories 339
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice rinsed
  • 2 large carrots cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • Fresh parsley for serving


  • In a large pot of medium heat, heat the olive oil. Cook the onions until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds additional.
  • Add the cubed chicken, and season with oregano, salt and pepper to taste and cook until the chicken is cooked, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the rice and cook with the chicken to lightly toast, about 1-2 minutes. Add the vegetables you're using (carrots, corn and peas), season with salt and pepper, then pour the chicken broth on top.
  • Mix all the ingredients together, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 15 minutes, until rice is fully cooked. Remove from heat and allow the steam to continue cooking the rice for 5-10 more minutes.
  • Fluff the rice, stir in the parmesan cheese, if using, sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve warm.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 4 days and can be reheated on the stovetop.
Substitutes: You can add in whatever vegetables you have to this dish. You can use vegetable broth in the place of chicken broth. If you’d like to use quinoa, make sure to decrease the amount of liquid you’re using by ½ a cup.


Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 456mg, Potassium: 612mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2723IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Entree

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  1. I have loved the idea of simple, one/pot meals ever since I acquired my Insta pot.
    I pre-ordered your book and am looking forward to moving through the recipes.

  2. Really loved this! I added some chopped celery for more veggies, and a couple chopped serranos for some heat. Turned out so delicious!!

  3. Easy, quick, and delicious! My carrots went bad, so I used broccoli, and I only had frozen peas…SO GOOD! Also, I didn’t have any fresh onions or garlic, so used granulated onions and garlic…amazing….ALSO, didn’t have chicken broth so used bone broth, seriously a delicious and nutritions dish that family will love. Thank you for creating this recipe!

  4. The rice turned out gooyie. Not enough liquid to cook the rice properly although seasoned Well. Using frozen veggies didn’t allow for the rice to brown and not enough liquid to cook the rice properly

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