5 from 2 votes
Skillet Lemon Chicken & Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Skillet Lemon Chicken & Rice is a quick, easy weeknight dinner that is loaded with bright, fresh flavors and made in one pan for minimal clean up and fuss!

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arkansas rice, one pot dinner, one pot rice meal, skillet meal
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 405 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or boneless chicken thighs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablepoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin for garnish
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  1. Season the chicken breasts with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried parsley.  

  2. In a large skillet with lid, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Cook the chicken in the butter until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side, then transfer to a plate.

  3. Add the rice to the pan and stir for about 1 minute to lightly toast the rice.  Increase the heat to high and add the chicken broth, lemon zest, and lemon juice, scraping to release any browned bits of fond from the bottom of the pan.  When the rice comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan.

  4. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes, remove the lid and return the seared chicken breasts to the pan, arranging on top of the rice, along with the broccoli florets and lemon slices.  Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, the rice and broccoli are tender.  Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Creme de la Crumb.

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Lemon Chicken & Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 1074mg 45%
Potassium 767mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 10.8%
Vitamin C 80.7%
Calcium 12.9%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.