Skillet Chicken and Rice

Skillet Chicken and Rice

Skillet Chicken and Rice

PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME:35 mins
TOTAL TIME: 45 mins
SERVINGS: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into slices 1/2-inch thick and 2-3 inches long
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed well
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas
  • Fresh parsley, garnish


Cook the chicken:

Season your sliced chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large (at least 12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes per side, getting a decent sear on both sides. It’s okay at this point if your chicken isn’t cooked all the way through.

Cook chicken breast for one-pot skillet chicken and rice

Cook the onions:

Remove chicken from the skillet and add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, softening veggies. Add dried oregano and basil to the skillet and stir together.

Cooking onions for skillet chicken and rice

Assemble the skillet and simmer:

Stir in the rinsed white rice and nestle chicken pieces back in the skillet. Then add 3 cups of the chicken stock and stir gently to make sure chicken stock is evenly distributed. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat down to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

Chicken basting in broth for skillet chicken and rice

Check the rice:

After 15 minutes, check the skillet. If the rice is tender and the skillet is dry, then the dish is ready to serve. If the rice isn’t quite done and the skillet is dry, add another 1/2 cup of broth, re-cover the skillet, and continue to simmer for a few minutes. If the rice is cooked but there is still some stock in the skillet, uncover the pan and let the extra stock cook off for a few minutes.

When the rice seems just about done, add the frozen peas to the skillet. They will thaw quickly!

Skillet chicken and rice with peas


Garnish finished chicken and rice skillet with parsley.

Reheating leftovers: Leftovers keep great in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in the microwave in 30-second bursts on high or in a skillet over medium-low heat with a splash of water. You can also freeze the chicken and rice for up to three months.


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