20 Best Chicken and Rice Recipe Ideas | Easy recipes, dinners and meal ideas

Winner, Winner Chicken and Rice Dinner

Chicken and rice are two ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now. And we’re willing to bet you use them often. But just because you’re cooking with staples doesn’t mean they can’t be exciting. Combined with a few special ingredients, spices and seasonings, chicken and rice can easily be transformed into a number of tasty dishes. Whether you’re craving carb-heavy comfort foods or just need a family dinner made with familiar ingredients, you’ll find these recipes deliver. Take this version of the classic chicken and rice, for example. We use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (which cook exactly the same time as rice!) to ensure the poultry remains juicy. A quick grill at the end creates the perfect crispy skin and gives the rice and vegetables a little crunch, making this a meal no one can say ‘no’ to!

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Fried rice with chicken and snow peas with peanuts

If you have leftover rice on hand, you can whip up fried rice for 4 in minutes. Here we opt for chicken thighs because they do not dry out during cooking. Finishing touches like chopped peanuts and sliced ​​green onions make this chicken and rice dish worthy of a restaurant!

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Roast Chicken with Rice and Salsa Verde

You don’t have to sacrifice flavor while trying to save money. We made a simple roast chicken meal that didn’t taste like it at all. Served with fresh salsa verde and satisfying rice and veggies, you won’t be giving up anything while protecting your wallet.

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Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

Lemon and dill brighten up the deep flavors of this low and slow soup for the soul.

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Chicken and rice with olives

Chicken dinners never have to be bland again! Dress yours with salted olives and a dash of lemon juice. Bright, tangy and delicious!

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Paprikash Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken paprikash becomes a unique dish in this pan. Bell peppers are not traditional, but they add a lot of vitamin C to the dish and a natural sweetness. The brown rice soaks up the sauce and becomes incredibly rich and satisfying, yet retains a nice chewiness.

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Chicken and rice in a skillet with candied lemon

This pan-fried chicken and basmati rice dish is anything but simple and humble. A homemade seasoning blend, candied lemon, and spiced, seared chicken breasts give the dish a bold flavor that’s hard to resist. It’s quick enough to make a delicious weeknight dinner, yet flavorful enough for entertaining or for a special occasion meal.

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Arroz with Pollo

What makes this dish tastier? Ingrid’s homemade “Delicioso Adobo” – a blend of humble pantry spices that work together to bring an etra flavor to every bite.

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Chicken masala and cauliflower rice bowl

Grilled cauliflower helps puff up these rice bowls, stretching 2 chicken breasts and some rice – to feed 4 people.

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Instant Pot Chicken with Rice and Peas

It doesn’t get any faster than that! With the help of your Instant Pot, you can have this everyone’s favorite dish on the table in less than an hour – any night of the week.

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Cuban baked chicken with sweet peppers and yellow rice

Tender cuts of chicken are browned and cooked with herbs, peppers, spices, rice and peas in this mouthwatering feast called arroz con pollo in Cuba and other parts of Latin America. We use turmeric and cumin for a bold pop of color instead of the typical sazon seasoning or homemade spice blend.

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Chicken, mushroom and wild rice casserole

Jeff’s easy trick to making the tastiest chicken and rice casserole? He deglazes the pan with sherry before adding the rice. This way, the grains can absorb all the flavors of the herbs and wine while cooking.

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Healthy Grilled Chicken and Rice Foil Packs

If you’re looking to cook something other than burgers and dogs the next time you fire up the grill, this low-fat chicken dinner will do the trick. Be sure to use converted rice instead of regular rice for this recipe (each grain contains tiny pinholes, so it cooks faster than conventional rice).

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Orange baked chicken and brown rice

This protein-rich, whole-grain dish is easy to prepare. We love using chicken thighs because they are economical and stay moist while cooking with the rice.

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Easy Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice

Ree transforms old roast chicken and plain rice with seasonings like chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper – for a meal full of flavor.

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Smoked Chicken, Broccoli and Wild Rice Casserole

Wondering how to easily elevate your classic chicken and rice dish? How about fragrant rosemary and nutty-flavoured sliced ​​almonds?

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Rice en papillote with chorizo ​​​​and chicken

Frozen rice is a versatile shortcut ingredient and the key to those flavorful foil wraps. The rice is layered while still frozen to provide a time buffer that prevents it from overcooking. As the rice thaws, the other ingredients begin to cook and char slightly, then the rice can absorb all the bubbling liquids and render inside the packet.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Hot Dish

An easy and delicious way to turn leftover chicken and crackers into a whole new dish? Molly’s comforting hot dish!

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Chicken and Mushroom Fried Rice

We love using chicken thighs in this dish because they stay nice and juicy, even when cooked over high heat. Season with soy sauce, sesame oil and fresh ginger for a touch of fried rice you’ll make again and again.

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Raffy’s Chicken and Rice

The secret ingredient in this chicken and rice recipe is milk. It helps tenderize the chicken and gives the finished dish just a hint of creaminess.

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