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One Pot Lemon Chicken and Rice

A one pot dinner that takes 30 minutes. Lemon chicken and rice is the perfect weeknight meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basmati rice, chicken, chicken broth, lemon
Servings: 4 people
Author: Tara Moore


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 c basmati rice
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • 1 tsp chicken better than bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lemon juiced and two whole slices set aside
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Heat a pan over medium
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Season the chicken with lemon pepper seasoning and a pinch or two of salt
  • Sear each side of the chicken in the pan for 2-3 minutes on each side
  • Set the chicken aside
  • Add 1 cup of basmati rice to the pan, stir it around for 1-2 minutes
  • Combine the water and chicken bouillon and add it to the pan
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • Bring this to a boil, then reduce heat to low
  • Return the chicken to the pan
  • Top each chicken breast with a lemon slice
  • Add the 2 tbsp of butter anywhere in the pan
  • Cover the pan so steam can’t escape
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center (you can check this with a cooking thermometer by inserting into the thickest part of the chicken)
  • After 20 minutes remove the lid, add a splash more water if it needs it
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, chop into small bites and drizzle with the lemon juice
  • Return to the pan and toss everything together