We love this one pot chicken and rice at my house! It’s easy to prepare and is fairly inexpensive to make. I can usually have this dish ready from start to finish under an hour, which is a win in my book! The best part about is that everything is cooked together in one pot, cutting down on cleanup time later. I don’t like doing the dishes so this is a win-win recipe for me and my family!

I love to use chicken thighs for this chicken and rice recipe but you can use either one. They are less expensive than breast meat and have more flavor since they are dark meat. The richness from the thigh meat gives the one pot chicken and rice tons of flavor.

I like to add lots of healthy vegetables to brighten it up and add color to this one pot meal. I sauteed one diced yellow onion with the chicken thighs, then add grated carrots, chopped celery, and two whole garlic cloves. The garlic cloves are removed once it is completely done cooking. You get the flavor from the garlic without it overpowering the dish.


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs , or breasts (cut into 1-inch pieces)

3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion , diced

2 carrots , peeled and shredded

2 celery stalks , chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 1/2 cups jasmine rice , rinsed (basmati or brown rice works too)

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste


Heat extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat in a 3 quart pot.

Place chicken thigh pieces into the heated oil. Add plenty of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through.

Add diced onion and garlic to the pot with the chicken and sauté for another 3 minutes. Next add the carrots and celery.

Increase the heat to high and add broth, then stir in the rinsed rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Stir again and then cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked (stirring occasionally).

Stir in the parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Add more salt, pepper or seasonings if desired.


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