One Pot Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice

I’m all about easy meals during the week, and one-pan recipes are such a terrific way to make cooking and clean-up easy. I couldn’t pass up this Greek-inspired one-pan recipe with chicken, lemon, rice. And hey, it’s a weeknight. Guess I’m having One Pot Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice tonight ?

This post was originally published on September 11, 2017. The text and photos were updated on August 3, 2021. The review and rating have not been changed.

I want to say the star of this dish is the chicken. But that would be lying to you. Because this, my friends, is all about the RICE! This is a fantastic Greek Chicken recipe for busy weeknights because it’s so fast to prepare and it’s all made in one pot. Seriously!

Recipe Author: Nagi at Recipe Tin Eats
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The Ingredients

This is another recipe with simple ingredients. The first time I made it, I had most of them on hand, so I just had to buy lemons, chicken, and parsley. Speaking of lemons, I used 3 1/2 for the marinade. Two for the zest, and all for the juice. I also used another lemon for the lemon slices I cooked on top of each piece of chicken and the zest to garnish the dish.

When I decided to update the photos, I changed to boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I’m willing to trade the extra flavor for an easy-to-cut piece of chicken. Fortunately, the recipe notes have instructions just for that change, so it came out perfectly.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice Ingredients
Chicken thighs, olive oil, onion, dried oregano, chicken broth, parsley, garlic, long-grain rice, and lemons

The Process

The marinade took only 9 minutes to make, and I marinated the chicken overnight. The directions say 20 minutes to overnight. I seriously thought about making it after 20 minutes, but I’m so glad I didn’t. The marinade is packed with lemon juice and zest, and the extra time really made the chicken tasty.

Prepping and cooking the dish the next day took an hour, and there wasn’t a whole lot of active time in that. Prep work (measuring and chopping) was a quick 4 minutes. Browning the chicken took about 7 minutes for each side, and the onion became translucent after 2 minutes. The rest of my time was inactive/cooking. The total time on this was 1 hour 9 minutes, just over the 1 hour time listed.

I used a 12-inch stainless skillet the first time I made this recipe, and it worked just fine. It didn’t come with a lid, so I used one from another pan that did. The updated version was done in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet per the recipe notes. I covered it with aluminum foil, and it worked out just as well. Actually, better because the recipe filled the entire skillet so nicely.

One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice
My first attempt at this recipe using a 12″ stainless skillet

So how was it?

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This recipe is a winner! My husband and I both loved it, and he doesn't care for dark meat especially with bones and skin. The marinade made the chicken and rice very lemony, and the oregano was a nice compliment to that. I noticed the texture of the diced onions in the rice but couldn't really taste them. The flavor of it and the garlic really mellowed during cooking. The rice also had a fairly creamy texture I really liked. It was almost like a risotto, just without all the stirring. The chicken was well done but still juicy. I'm very happy with how this dish turned out.
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One Pot Greek Chicken and Lemon RiceThis recipe is a winner! My husband and I both loved it, and he doesn't care for dark meat especially with bones and skin. The marinade made the chicken and rice very lemony, and the oregano was a nice compliment to that. I noticed the texture of the diced onions in the rice but couldn't really taste them. The flavor of it and the garlic really mellowed during cooking. The rice also had a fairly creamy texture I really liked. It was almost like a risotto, just without all the stirring. The chicken was well done but still juicy. I'm very happy with how this dish turned out.