Simple and tasty comfort food – this easy skillet chicken and rice is a family favorite. An easy gluten free and allergy friendly dinner recipe, that’s sure to please kids and adults alike!
Do you ever feel like a short order cook? One child wants chicken tenders for dinner, the other would like mac and cheese, and you and your husband want something a little more adult.
It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make just one meal at dinnertime? One meal that would satisfy everyone – kids and adults alike. A comforting meal that would make your family come running just because it smelled so good while it was cooking.
Oh, and by the way, it should be free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts…it needs to be free of the top allergens.
This comforting skillet chicken and rice is just that kind of meal. Now, I can’t guarantee that your whole family will love this meal, but it is simple enough to satisfy even the pickiest of palates, and it has enough flavor to keep the adults interested, too.
Crispy chicken thighs and lightly seasoned rice and peas make a tasty meal that’s perfect for the cooler weather. And it’s affordable, too! No fancy ingredients in this recipe – these are simple, healthy ingredients that are naturally allergy friendly.
- Chicken Thighs – You want to get the bone-in chicken thighs for the most flavor. If you use boneless, you won’t get the crispy skin, and they may dry out during cooking.
- Rice – We used white rice for this recipe. You could also use brown rice if you prefer.
- Peas – I love the pop of color that peas add to this dish. If you hate peas, you can leave them out. You could use green beans or any other veggie you like.
I like to use a cast iron skillet to crisp up the chicken skin. For this recipe, it works really well to use cast iron, because you can brown the chicken and then put the whole skillet in the oven to finish cooking everything.
- If you don’t want to use rice, you could try quinoa, millet, or probably even cauliflower rice!
- If you don’t like peas, try adding green beans, carrots, or even green onions.
Tips for Success
Make sure you heat the oil in the pan first, and let the pan get really hot. Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken, and the skin should get nice and crispy. If your pan isn’t hot enough, the skin will just kind of stick to the skillet and it won’t look as pretty and brown and crisp.
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Easy Skillet Chicken and Rice.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Prepare the rice according to package directions.
- While the rice cooks, start the chicken. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron (or other oven-safe) skillet.
- Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook until the skin is golden brown. Flip the thighs over and cook over low heat.
- Slice the lemon in half. Set one half aside, and cut the other half into thin slices.
- When the rice is done cooking, add it to the skillet, distributing it around the chicken thighs. Pour in the chicken broth and peas. Squeeze the lemon juice over the pan, and lay the lemon slices on the rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes, then turn the heat up to 450 degrees for the last 5 or so minutes (so the skin gets nice and crispy). Check the temperature of the chicken using a meat thermometer – it should be 165 degrees.
- To serve, spoon rice onto each plate, and top with a chicken thigh.
Now that we have Sunday dinner covered, what about gluten free pancakes for Saturday’s breakfast? ;)
This post was originally published in October 2016. It has been updated.