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!

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.  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!

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!

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, 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

2 whole cloves of garlic

1 1/2 cups rice, rinsed (I used jasmine)

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup 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 7 minutes.

Add diced onion to the chicken and sauté for another 3 minutes.

Add carrots, celery, and garlic cloves to the chicken and onion.

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

Remove the garlic and stir in chopped parsley and ½ cup parmesan cheese. Serve warm and garnish with more fresh parsley 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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Comments

  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! :)