chicken and rice recipes

22 Flavorful Chicken and Rice Recipes You Can Make for Dinner

Chicken and rice are a classic combination that just fits right. They’re staple ingredients that may seem boring, but when cooked right, these simple ingredients can produce some incredible, mouthwatering meals.

The two ingredients are also pretty adaptable, as these 22 chicken and rice recipes will demonstrate. From chicken and rice casserole to chicken, broccoli, and rice foil packets to creamy chicken and rice soup, you’ll find something to please every palate and preference.

1. Chicken and Rice Casserole

Low-prep, one-pan, and fuss-free, this recipe makes an ideal dish for busy weeknights. You just need to combine chicken breast with a creamy rice mixture made with rice, milk, water, cream of soups, cheese, and seasonings, and then bake it until the chicken is cooked through. Add more cheese on top and serve with roasted veggies.

2. Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms

This quick and easy recipe is comfort food at its finest. This one-pot meal combines rice and chicken with meaty mushrooms to produce a dish that is smooth, creamy, and hearty with earthy flavors. It tastes just like mushroom risotto, minus all the stirring, and you can garnish it with cheese and parsley to elevate its appeal.

3. Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packets

Foil packet recipes are not only convenient to make when camping but are also a fun way to spruce up a boring weeknight dinner. In this recipe, bacon, broccoli florets, shredded cheddar cheese, and chicken are piled over cooked brown rice — giving you all the nutrients you need neatly packed in one foil packet! You can even prep all the ingredients on weekends and enjoy a tasty meal on hectic weekdays.

4. Chicken Fried Rice

Mix some high-protein chicken with fried rice, and you’ve got a hearty, healthy meal in less than an hour. This recipe combines rice with a generous helping of veggies, fluffy scrambled eggs, and juicy chicken. The meal is cooked in a flavorful sauce prepared using chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, hot sauce, and sesame oil to deliver exquisite flavors in every bite.

5. Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls are easy to make and pack an insane amount of flavor and nutrients, satisfying both your health and palate in one delicious bite. Make this scrumptious meal with chicken, rice, loads of seasonings, and toppings like corn, avocado, and sour cream. Give it a try; we promise you won’t regret it.

6. Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

A big bowl of this soup is all you need to warm yourself up on cold winter days. It calls for cooking chicken and rice right into the soup, which is made with broth, heavy cream, aromatics, and veggies. The recipe also provides substitutes and variations you can use to customize the soup to your taste and dietary preferences.

7. Creamy Parmesan One Pot Chicken and Rice

This one-pot recipe will be devoured by both kids and adults, eliminating the need for cooking multiple meals to feed everyone in the family. It comes together with basic ingredients like rice, chicken, seasonings, and Parmesan and is ready in just 30 minutes. Serve this filling, nutritious, and oh-so-cheesy meal garnished with parsley alongside a green salad to round up your meal.

8. Easy Baked Salsa Chicken and Rice

This Mexican-inspired dish is ready in only half an hour, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Chicken, rice, and veggies are all flavored with a lovely salsa to create a mouthwatering dish. You can serve it sprinkled with fresh cilantro, some sliced jalapeños, or a dollop of sour cream to add richness to your dish.

9. Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

Cozy up with a bowl of this chicken and rice soup to experience blissful flavors in every spoonful. This weeknight meal is brimming with veggies, chicken, seasonings, and rice. You can even adjust it to your desired consistency by altering the amount of chicken stock. It also freezes well, so go ahead and make a big batch to enjoy a delicious meal on busy days.

10. Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet

Once you get a taste of this exquisite Greek meal, you’ll want to make it every chance you get! In it, sautéed veggies, seasoned chicken, and brown rice are combined with aromatic spices and herbs to infuse every bite with mouthwatering flavors. Top it off with Kalamata olives and feta cheese, and serve with a side of pita bread for dipping.

11. Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice Gyros

This inviting gourmet dish comes together in less than 2 hours and is perfect for serving on special occasions. It calls for stuffing fluffy, zesty lemon rice inside warmed pita bread, then serving it topped with Greek chicken, cucumber salad, and tzatziki to amp up its appeal. It’s a substantial meal on its own, but you can also serve it with some fries for a complete meal.

12. Harvest Chicken Casserole

This recipe contains loads of chicken and rice, but that’s not all there is to it. It also has seasonal favorites like apples, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes. The variety of ingredients not only gives this dish a vibrant burst of color but also elevates its nutritional content. Make sure you season it generously to balance all the contrasting flavors.

13. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen? This instant pot recipe will come to your rescue. It calls for combining seasonings, veggies, and rice in an instant pot, filling your home with the most captivating aromas as the meal cooks. It’s a simple recipe that produces a filling, flavorful meal and leaves you with a mess-free kitchen. A win-win!

14. Mama’s Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Arroz con Pollo is a popular Puerto Rican dish that’s a must-have in your cookbook. The comforting and nourishing dish comes to life with tender chicken and rice cooked with a wonderful blend of spices, producing a meal with robust flavors. It’s made in one pan and has fuss-free prep, earning five stars in our book!

15. One Pan Chicken and Rice

This one-pan recipe is loaded with delectable Mediterranean flavors, so you know it’s going to be good. To make, tenderize juicy chicken thighs in a zesty lemon Dijon marinade, and then bake the chicken and veggies with fluffy white rice. You can serve it garnished with parsley and lemon zest for added color, flavor, and texture.

16. One-Pan Healthy Chicken and Rice with Spinach

Rice and chicken are an award-winning duo, but add spinach and chickpeas to the mix, and you get a more nutritional and delicious combination. It’s a tasty way to sneak leafy greens and protein-rich chickpeas into your diet. This gluten-free, dairy-free meal comes together in 35 minutes, and you can use your choice of veggies for a personalized approach.

17. One-Pan No Peek Chicken & Rice

In this recipe, chicken, rice, and soup are mixed, then baked to produce a dish that will quickly become a family favorite. How does it get its name? Well, you cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and are not allowed to open the oven or peek at the chicken until the timer goes off! Hence, no peeking! You can serve this dish with a big green salad or dinner rolls to feed a crowd.

18. One Pot Pineapple Chicken and Rice

This is an unusual combination, but give it a try. Trust us; you’ll be glad that you did. The sweet-savory dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, and it uses pineapple and its juices to flavor the chicken and rice. It’s wonderful as-is, but you can also serve it topped with extra pineapple chunks, green onion slices, and seasonings to taste.

19. Paprika Chicken and Rice Bake

In this delicious one-pot recipe, chicken and rice are smothered with onion, aromatic garlic, and smoky paprika to give the dish a distinct depth of flavor. It produces a heavenly delight — don’t be surprised when everyone reaches for seconds and thirds. You can serve it garnished with chopped parsley for added oomph.

20. Skillet Buffalo Ranch Chicken and Rice

This chicken and rice skillet is the stuff of culinary dreams. It’s made in one dish, comes together in a snap, and is a hearty and healthy option for just about every meal or occasion. It’s also super cheesy, so it’s destined to be a hit with kids. The recipe also comes with instructions for slow cooker cooking — talk about convenience!

21. Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken {with Coconut Rice}

This recipe gives you a good reason to experiment with different food combinations. Make it with tender chicken, coconut rice, mango peach salsa, spices, lime juice, and cilantro, then serve it with avocado and juicy mango slices to experience a flavor explosion in every bite. It takes some time to prepare, but it is so worth the wait!

22. 20 Minute Greek Chicken Rice Bowl

This healthy rice bowl comes together in just 20 minutes. In it, lean chicken is smothered in a delectable Greek marinade to infuse it with rich, hearty flavors. Add it to a bowl with rice, seedless cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and hummus to get an authentic taste of Greek cuisine.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.