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One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Last Updated:Jan 30, 2019Published:Apr 27, 2015

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One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

I want to say the star of this dish is the chicken. But that would be lying to you. Because this, my friends, is all about the RICE! This is a fantastic Greek Chicken recipe for busy weeknights because it’s so fast to prepare and it’s all made in one pot. Seriously! Watch the recipe video to see how easy it is!

Yes, this Greek chicken dish is all about the rice!

What makes this rice so special, you might ask? Well, it’s like cooking the rice in triple strength chicken stock because the chicken is cooked ON TOP of the rice. So it gets the full benefit of all the juices from the chicken seeping into it while it cooks. Add the fresh flavours of lemon and boom! You will knock the socks off anyone you serve this too!

Big promises I know….but I have third party validation of this. Someone who always tells me the truth about my dishes. Especially “inventions” which I often pass on because I know I’ll get truthful feedback. I do love my friends dearly, but honestly, not everything I make them can be “OMG, this is so delicious!!”

So in this particular case, her family raved about the rice so I’m just passing on that message. ????

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

My Mexican Chicken & Rice uses the same cooking technique.

This is not an authentic Greek Chicken recipe but it is made using classic Greek ingredients. It uses the same technique I use for my . There’s nothing tricky or ground breaking, it’s just about getting the liquid to rice ratio right. Rice baked in the oven requires a lot more water than when it’s cooked on the stove. And when you plop chicken on top of the rice, it drops liquid so you need to take that into account.

To make this Greek Chicken recipe in one pot , the chicken is seared in the pan first, then the rice is added, the chicken placed back on top then it’s popped in the oven. The magic happens while it’s baking. As the chicken cooks, all the juices seep into the rice which are soaked up by the rice and add incredible flavour. INCREDIBLE flavour. It honestly is like triple strength chicken stock.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I can’t hold back any longer. I need some lunch! – Nagi

- – made in one skillet in 15 minutes!

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

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Recipe video above. This is not an authentic Greek dish but it is made using classic Greek ingredients. The beauty of this is that it is all made in one pot / pan. Cooking the rice with the chicken on top adds extra flavour to the rice because the chicken juices get soaked up by the rice. MARINATING TIME: 20 minutes to overnight. {Recipe video above} SCALE RECIPE using servings slider - hover mouse over Servings.

- 5 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

- 1 - 2 lemons, use the zest + 4 tbsp lemon juice

- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, separated

- 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml chicken broth / stock

- Finely chopped parsley or oregano

- Combine the Chicken and Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and set aside for at least 20 minutes but preferably overnight.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

- Remove chicken from marinade, but reserve the Marinade.

- Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a deep, heavy based skillet over medium high heat.

- Place the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, and cook until golden brown, then turn and cook the other side until golden brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.

- Pour off fat and wipe the pan with a scrunched up ball of paper towel , then return to the stove.

- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in the skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes until translucent. Then add the remaining Rice ingredients and reserved Marinade.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

- Let the liquid come to a simmer and let it simmer for 30 seconds. Place the chicken on top then place a lid on the skillet . Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Then remove the lid and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender .

- Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving, garnished with parsley or oregano and fresh lemon zest, if desired.

1. I use bone in, skin on chicken thighs because there's more flavour. But you can use skinless, boneless chicken thigh fillets if you prefer. If you do that, place the chicken in the pan 20 minutes into the baking time because the chicken won't need as long.

For drumsticks, you won't be able to sear them as successfully, but that's ok, just sear briefly and bake for the full time .

This can be made with breast as well but it won't be as juicy because the meat isn't as juicy. ????

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

2. The fry pan I used was 26cm / 10" in diameter and 6cm/2.4" deep. It's the perfect size for this.

3. I don't have a lid for the fry pan I used but I have a lid for a larger pot which I just placed on top. Otherwise, foil works just fine, or even a baking tray.

4. I garnished this with slices of lemon which I seared in the pan after cooking the chicken.

5. How to make this entirely on stove top : Though the result isn't quite the same as baking because you sacrifice either the chicken juices mixing in with the rice OR the crispy skin, it can be made entirely on the stove. There are two options:

a) Cook the chicken completely on the stove, set aside and cook the rice on the stove . To cook the rice, just follow the recipe directions up to the point just before putting it in the oven. Instead of doing that, put the lid on and cook on medium low until the liquid is absorbed . When the rice is almost ready, pop the chicken back in on top of the rice and put the lid on to warm up, and finish cooking the rice. This will yield a chicken with crispier skin than the second method.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

b) The 2nd method is to sear the chicken but not cook it through, then pop it on to of the rice to finish cooking while the rice cooks. This method is easier and you will get the benefit of the chicken juices mixing in with the rice while it cooks but you will lose the crispiness of the skin.

What I would suggest is using skinless, boneless thigh fillets instead, that way you don’t have to worry about the skin crispiness but you get all the flavour!

6. This recipe will work with white long grain, medium and short grain rice but I recommend long grain because it is the least sticky of the three types. It will also work with jasmine, normal brown rice, wild rice and normal basmati rice. Brown rice will take around 1 hr 15 minutes covered, 10 minutes uncovered, so the chicken will be super tender. I do not recommend brown basmati rice because takes even longer to cook. Risotto and paella rice are also not recommended - liquid absorption level too different, changes recipe too much.

7. You need enough lemon to get 4 tbsp of lemon juice which will be 1 large or 2 small lemons. Use all the zest from the lemon that you use.

8. NO MARJORAM: Quite a few readers have inquired about this. If you found this recipe via Pinterest, you may notice that there is a discrepancy in the ingredients with some lists showing Marjoram in the ingredients. This recipe has NEVER had Marjoram in it! Please use the recipe as it is written.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

9. Nutrition per serving assumes this is made using trimmed bone in, skin on chicken thigh fillets. It does not take into account the fat that is poured out of the pan after searing the chicken, which means the calories per serving are higher than they actually are.

Serving: 431gCalories: 667kcalCarbohydrates: 34.2g Protein: 75.9g Fat: 23.4g Saturated Fat: 5.8g Polyunsaturated Fat: 17.6gCholesterol: 224mg Sodium: 1408mg Fiber: 1.9g Sugar: 1.3g

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I truly want to try this recipe but I do have a curious question about the rice. My go to rice is Jasmine which is not long grain rice. Do you think that will work ok or do you suggest I use the long grain???? Thanks

Hi Gail, I talk about this in the recipe notes ☺️

This was wonderful. I had this recipe pinned for quite a while and finally had an opportunity to make it last weekend. Easy and delicious. It’s also seems like an easy recipe to modify based on your tastes – if you don’t love oregano, try basil instead. I will definitely be trying more of your recipes. Your website looks wonderful!!

I would like to do this and asking if i want to double the rice

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Shall i double the spices , lemon and lemon zest ?

I am generally a lurker on recipe sites but I had to do the right thing and leave a comment….this was PHENOMENAL! The worst part was the zesting LOL, but so so so worth it. Amazing lemon flavor, and you weren’t kidding about the rice! I used water instead of broth, and it was still divine. Thanks for sharing this and making it easy to follow along ????

I’m so glad you loved it Jess!!!

So so good! Easy to cook with a delicious outcome!

Thanks so much for the feedback Kelly!

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Loved this!!!! Can the rice be doubled and can this be made in a roasting pan with foil. Not sure if you get the same seal

I used foil and it still did great!

I have tried so many of your recipes and they are DELISH!

I am about to try this one; keen to know if it reheats ok too?

Hi Michelle, I have saved this for left overs and it reheated fine!

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Making this for at least the third time, love it! I actually think it is best after it sits a day or so! I am making right now, specifically for lunches this week!

Making this for the 2nd time tonight ????

It is phenomenal!!!! LOVE your recipes ????

Woah what a great compliment! Thanks so much ❤️

My liquid did not fully evaporate and the rice is a starchy mush! Still very flavorful! Perhaps I will use less liquid next time ????

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Hi Steffy, doesn’t sound right at all! Can I ask what type of rice you used?

I used white basmati. Maybe I should have rinsed it to take some of the starch out? I will definitely try again tho ????

This dish was so good! The whole family loved it ????

You were not kidding about the rice!! Amazing, rich flavor!!

Woot! I’m so glad you love it!

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Do you think this would work with couscous instead of rice or would too much liquid be absorbed? thats all I have on hand, thinking of making this tomorrow for a crowd. it looks delish!

Made this tonight, and I was blown away! During marinating, I also dusted the chicken with a Greek seasoning I had on hand. I had to put some aside for my boys who were at work, but it took every ounce of will not to eat theirs, too! I will definitely be making this again!

Wahoo! That’s terrific Denise ❤️

I made this for my son and his wife while I was visiting them. It is so delicious they were squabbling over who got to take the leftovers for lunch.

Could I make this in a Dutch oven or it won’t turn out as well because it’s too deep?

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

I just made this in my 6 quart dutch oven last night and it turned out great!

We made this for a group of 15 people and it was an absolute hit. Delicious flavours!

Awesome Olivia, I’m so glad you loved it!

I use your recipes a lot and love them. This One Pot Chicken and Lemon Rice is delicious. My family loves it.

Can I freeze the marinated chicken?

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Hi Lena, I’m so glad you love my recipes! Yes, you can marinade and freeze this chicken ☺️

Delicious sounding as usual. Do you think I could use the rice that is in the Boil-in-bags??

Hi Angela, this recipe isn’t suitable for instant rice unfortunately!

Yes, i did this usung brown rice and quinoa mix in a bag. It turned out wonderful, I made it all stovetop. I just used 1/4 less of the luquid called for between two bags, seared the chicken thighs first, then shredded them. It tasted wonderful and I have made this exactly as called for before, actually I have even made it with quinoa using the same method. Super yummy and I always top it with feta cheese!!!

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One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Last Updated:Jan 30, 2019Published:Apr 27, 2015

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I want to say the star of this dish is the chicken. But that would be lying to you. Because this, my friends, is all about the RICE! This is a fantastic Greek Chicken recipe for busy weeknights because it’s so fast to prepare and it’s all made in one pot. Seriously! Watch the recipe video to see how easy it is!

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

Yes, this Greek chicken dish is all about the rice!

What makes this rice so special, you might ask? Well, it’s like cooking the rice in triple strength chicken stock because the chicken is cooked ON TOP of the rice. So it gets the full benefit of all the juices from the chicken seeping into it while it cooks. Add the fresh flavours of lemon and boom! You will knock the socks off anyone you serve this too!

Big promises I know….but I have third party validation of this. Someone who always tells me the truth about my dishes. Especially “inventions” which I often pass on because I know I’ll get truthful feedback. I do love my friends dearly, but honestly, not everything I make them can be “OMG, this is so delicious!!”

So in this particular case, her family raved about the rice so I’m just passing on that message. ????

My Mexican Chicken & Rice uses the same cooking technique.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

This is not an authentic Greek Chicken recipe but it is made using classic Greek ingredients. It uses the same technique I use for my . There’s nothing tricky or ground breaking, it’s just about getting the liquid to rice ratio right. Rice baked in the oven requires a lot more water than when it’s cooked on the stove. And when you plop chicken on top of the rice, it drops liquid so you need to take that into account.

To make this Greek Chicken recipe in one pot , the chicken is seared in the pan first, then the rice is added, the chicken placed back on top then it’s popped in the oven. The magic happens while it’s baking. As the chicken cooks, all the juices seep into the rice which are soaked up by the rice and add incredible flavour. INCREDIBLE flavour. It honestly is like triple strength chicken stock.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I can’t hold back any longer. I need some lunch! – Nagi

- – made in one skillet in 15 minutes!

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Recipe video above. This is not an authentic Greek dish but it is made using classic Greek ingredients. The beauty of this is that it is all made in one pot / pan. Cooking the rice with the chicken on top adds extra flavour to the rice because the chicken juices get soaked up by the rice. MARINATING TIME: 20 minutes to overnight. {Recipe video above} SCALE RECIPE using servings slider - hover mouse over Servings.

- 5 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in

- 1 - 2 lemons, use the zest + 4 tbsp lemon juice

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, separated

- 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml chicken broth / stock

- Finely chopped parsley or oregano

- Combine the Chicken and Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and set aside for at least 20 minutes but preferably overnight.

- Remove chicken from marinade, but reserve the Marinade.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

- Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a deep, heavy based skillet over medium high heat.

- Place the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, and cook until golden brown, then turn and cook the other side until golden brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.

- Pour off fat and wipe the pan with a scrunched up ball of paper towel , then return to the stove.

- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in the skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes until translucent. Then add the remaining Rice ingredients and reserved Marinade.

- Let the liquid come to a simmer and let it simmer for 30 seconds. Place the chicken on top then place a lid on the skillet . Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Then remove the lid and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender .

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