One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice

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One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice – an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot.  Perfect for any night of the week!

This creamy chicken and rice is made with hearty ingredients and it’s a yummy comfort meal for anytime of year.

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

Hello, there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Last month I shared a slow cooker recipe for seafood stew, and this month I have an easy one pot meal.

We love chicken and rice at my house.  It’s easy to prepare and fairly inexpensive to make.  I can usually have this meal ready from start to finish under an hour.  The best part is everything is cooked in one pot, cutting down on cleanup time later.  I dislike doing the dishes so this is a win-win recipe for me and my family.

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

For this One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice recipe, I am using chicken thighs.  Chicken thighs are less expensive than breast meat and have more flavor since they are dark meat.  The richness from the thigh meat gives the rice tons of flavor.

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

I like to add lots of healthy vegetables to add flavor and color to this one pot meal.  I sautéd 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 the recipe is completely done cooking.  You get the flavor from the garlic without it overpowering the dish.

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

Next, put in the rice and chicken stock.  I am using jasmine rice, but you could also use basmati.  Then put the lid on the pot and let it simmer on low for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.  I stir the pot every so often so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.  To finish this dish, I add grated parmesan cheese for gooey creaminess and chopped parsley for freshness.  This One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice recipe is a hearty and delicious meal!

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

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One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice

easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple real ingredients in just one pot.

Yield: 4 to 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts), cut into 1-inch piceces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups rice, rinsed (I used jasmine)
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley

 

Directions:

In a 3 quart pot heat 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat.

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

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

Increase the heat to high and add chicken 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.

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

Thanks, Katie!

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice - an easy healthy dinner recipe made with simple, real ingredients in just one pot. Perfect for any night of the week!

 

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Hello! My name is Katie, a stay at home mom, wife, and I am the blogger behind The Casual Craftlete. I love making crafts, baking, photography and running. Almost all of my projects on the blog can be completed in under 1 hour, for under $20.

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  1. Ujjaini posted on April 19, 2016 at 9:32 am (#
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    Looks yummy!

  2. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons posted on April 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm (#
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    This looks beyond amazing + you totally had me at one pot! Such an easy and impressive dinner :)

  3. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist posted on April 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm (#
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    Looks like a great weeknight dish. 

  4. Ginny posted on April 19, 2016 at 7:13 pm (#
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    One pot meals are such a wonderful help at dinner time.  Love the whole garlic cloves too!

  5. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted on April 19, 2016 at 10:04 pm (#
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    I love how you’ve updated this classic! Perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

  6. Andi @ The Weary Chef posted on April 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm (#
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    I always love one pan meals. This is a perfect complete meal! Can’t wait to try!

  7. eat good 4 life posted on April 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm (#
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    I love one pot easy recipes. This is one is one of our favorite dinners. I need to make it again soon. Your version looks great!

  8. michelle @ blackberrybabe posted on April 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm (#
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    I love chicken and rice, but I have seriously never made it at home! I really need to give this recipe a try.

  9. Jesse Goodson posted on April 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm (#
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    I can’t wait to try them , it’s remind me about my favorite food from my country!Thank you so much!

  10. Claudia posted on May 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm (#
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    Made this today and really lived it! Real comfort food here. My daughter said it is like chicken noodle soup without soup! :)

  11. Craig Young posted on June 27, 2016 at 8:37 pm (#
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    Hey Katie! 

    I was able to make this twice on the ingredients I bought for $16! 

    Keeps well for the second and third days, tastes great! I like to add extra carrots and hot sauce on the side! 
    This was the first one pot I’ve ever tried and it was great! Thanks!

  12. Katie posted on August 3, 2016 at 8:09 pm (#
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    Just made this for dinner–it was DELICIOUS!!! Definitely going to be my new go-to recipe! :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. Melissa posted on September 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm (#
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    Can you use other types of rice? Like regular long grain white rice?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on September 5, 2016 at 8:36 am (#
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      Long grain white rice should work beautifully, Melissa!

  14. Jennie posted on September 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm (#
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    This would not be “instant” rice, correct?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on September 14, 2016 at 7:12 am (#
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      Correct!

  15. Karly posted on November 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm (#
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    Do we cook the rice before putting it in the pot? 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on November 27, 2016 at 10:22 am (#
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      Nope! The rice gets cooked in the dish! :)

  16. Lauran posted on December 10, 2016 at 8:40 am (#
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    the recipe says “1/2 grated parmesan cheese” is something missing, or do I need to put in half of a block? 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 10, 2016 at 9:34 am (#
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      Half a cup of grated Parmesan, and I’ve updated the recipe. Thanks, Lauran! :)

  17. Sue posted on December 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm (#
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    Has anyone tried brown rice!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 30, 2016 at 9:15 am (#
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      Some people have, it just takes a lot longer to cook! :)

  18. Amanda posted on January 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm (#
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    I love chicken and yellow rice, can I use yellow rice?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm (#
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      You can certainly try! Just adjust the cooking time and liquids as needed.

  19. Elyse Sanneman posted on January 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm (#
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    This was delicious and so easy! Tasted like chicken noodle soup but in a heartier, casserole form. My husband can’t have chicken, so I’m always looking for recipes that I can substitute turkey without compromising the overall flavor. This worked perfectly with diced up turkey tenderloins as a sub for the chicken. Thanks for this recipe – it’s a keeper, especially in winter!

  20. Jillian posted on January 15, 2017 at 1:11 am (#
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    I made this today. Would only use cup of rice or add more veggies.Nice. Next time will add mushrooms peppers and g reen beans. Also left mashed garlic in.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 15, 2017 at 9:09 am (#
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      Glad you enjoyed it!

  21. Anne posted on January 16, 2017 at 12:34 am (#
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    So does this mean you cannot use instant white or brown 
    rice? And what do you mean by “rinsed” rice? 
    I can’t wait to make this, but don’t want to mess it up…

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 16, 2017 at 8:26 am (#
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      You cannot use instant rice in this recipe; if you use brown, you need to increase the cooking time significantly.

      Rinsed rice is when you take you rice and put it in a fine colander and rinse it – this removes some of the starch and makes the final product more fluffy and less sticky. :)

  22. Anne posted on January 17, 2017 at 2:23 am (#
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    Thank you for the rice tips! Looking forward to making 
    this one!!!

  23. Stacy posted on January 18, 2017 at 6:11 pm (#
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    Just made this for first time and is delicious. I used chicken breast as I don’t like dark meat and minced garlic. Very good! Thank you !

  24. Jane posted on January 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm (#
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    I made this and it was so easy. Husband had second servings, and luckily I kept some before he took extras. I wanted to save some for a couple of days later to see if this keeps well. fingers crossed!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 24, 2017 at 6:54 am (#
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      It should be delicious leftovers! :)

  25. Sheila posted on January 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm (#
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    Has anyone tried this in a crock pot?

  26. Lianne posted on January 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm (#
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    My best friend tried this and loved it so it’s my turn now! I always have all the ingredients on hand so this would be a great easy meal to throw together. Thanks!

  27. Frimmy posted on January 25, 2017 at 9:51 pm (#
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    I made this tonight. As was mentioned in comments it is like chicken soup with all the classic flavours but hearty and comforting. I added mushrooms and didn’t have parm so I used cheddar. It wouldn’t take much to give it a southwestern spin but I wanted to try it as it was first. It was a hit and I’ll be adding it to the roster of comforting cold weather foods. Thank you for posting this!