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Simple and comforting skillet chicken and rice is a family friendly gluten free meal.

Easy Skillet Chicken and Rice.

An easy and tasty dinner - skillet chicken and rice is family friendly and delicious!
Course Entree
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free
Keyword chicken and rice recipes, easy chicken dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 714 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke



  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare the rice according to package directions.
  3. While the rice cooks, start the chicken. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron (or other oven-safe) skillet.
  4. 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.
  5. Slice the lemon in half. Set one half aside, and cut the other half into thin slices.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees 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.
  8. To serve, spoon rice onto each plate, and top with a chicken thigh.

Recipe Notes

You can easily increase this recipe - if you need to double it and a skillet isn't large enough, simply transfer to a large Pyrex dish after browning the chicken.

Leftovers should stay fresh in the refrigerator for three days.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Skillet Chicken and Rice.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 714 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 212mg71%
Sodium 386mg17%
Potassium 670mg19%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 32.9mg40%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.