Chicken and rice are a match made in heaven. It is a staple in most households, perfect for stretching the meal budget. This means the combo needs numerous ways to prepare; otherwise, it could get quite monotonous.
I’ve therefore created a chicken and rice recipe roundup for one to enjoy quick and easy recipes. This will help eliminate that same old boring chicken and rice recipe.
1. Chicken mushroom and wild rice soup.
Nothing speaks comfort food more than a good bowl of creamy chicken mushroom and wild rice soup. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and is perfect for cold nights. It is made with shredded chicken, wild rice, mushrooms, carrots, and celery. The delicious veggies in this recipe make the meal super nutritious. The ingredients are pantry staples hence easier prepping and cooking up in a single pot.
2. Skillet chicken and parmesan rice with garlic.
This skillet chicken and parmesan rice are savory flavors that are rich in garlic and silky butter sauce in one pan meal that will quickly become a favorite for the whole family. It is the perfect foil for all kinds of flavors and textures in your everyday menu. Our recipe for Skillet Chicken Parmesan Rice with Garlic flavors the rice with the herbal flavors of garlic and red pepper flakes in a delicious, buttery sauce.
3. Creamy tomato chicken breast and rice.
This creamy tomato chicken breast is what I would recommend if the aim is to impress. It’s amazing how a meal with little effort brings so much joy to the table. With a few chicken breast pieces, tomato paste, cream, and parmesan cheese, this meal is ready to go in minutes.
The chicken breasts cook in the creamy and cheesy tomato mixture. This, in turn, makes a creamy sauce which is the star of the show. This is served with a side of any rice of choice.
4. Chicken piccata and rice.
Chicken piccata is a meal of Italian origin. Piccata is a term used for dishes consisting of meat dredged in flour, sauteed, and served in sauce. Piccata sauce is made using lemon juice, butter, and capers. The capers are the only unfamiliar ingredient in this recipe.
They are found on the condiment aisle. Once the chicken is sauteed and drizzled on the piccata sauce, it is served with rice.
5. Country chicken bake and rice.
Country chicken bake is a perfect dinner quick fix. In this recipe, chicken and seasoned stuffing are combined with a creamy herbed sauce to make a hearty casserole and served with a side of rice. The ingredients are readily available hence a convenient meal to prepare when there is no time to source.
This is also a massive dish that can feed many people, which is perfect for a large family.
6. Paprika chicken and pepper rice.
Paprika chicken and pepper rice is a paella-inspired dish. It is a delicious meal for both adults and kids. Its main ingredient is paprika, a deep orange-red powdered spice with a mild flavor. It adds bright color and incredible flavor.
My personal favorite is the smoked paprika. A sofrito base is also used in this recipe. Softorio is a mixture of bell peppers, onion, garlic, and tomato.
The sofrito puree is cooked down into a concentrated paste and loads of flavor to the dish. I serve this with rice and squeeze fresh lemons.
7. Greek Chicken Gyro Skillet.
The chicken Greek Gyro is a hearty meal that is simple and delicious. A gyro sandwich is where rotisserie chicken and other toppings are placed on a piece of bread. However, in this skillet meal, we substitute the bread with hot rice.
It is a one-pot meal that keeps things simple and reduces the stress of cleaning a million pots. This meal is perfect for a family as it is filling, full of flavor, and versatile. It also has loads of veggies which makes it a healthy meal.
I love to top this up with some feta cheese.
8. Instant pot chicken and rice.
This instant pot chicken and rice recipe are super simple and versatile. It is a combo of a thick and creamy parmesan sauce and well-cooked chicken and rice. The ingredients used are items that can be found right in the pantry.
Once the ingredients are in the instant pot, it is hands-off from there, making it perfect for a busy or just a lazy day. I like to make a salad while everything is in the instant pot to make the meal healthier.
9. Chicken and rice casserole.
The chicken and rice casserole is super convenient, especially for people with busy schedules and school-going kids, as it gets ready in minutes. It is throwing everything in the pot, putting it in the pot, and getting it done with other important tasks. It proves that basic is also delicious.
I highly recommend trying this recipe out for your picky little one because it is difficult not to take more bites. It is honestly a comfort food in its purest form. Here is a detailed recipe.
10. Slow cooker butter chicken and rice.
The slow cooker butter chicken is made in the crockpot. Tender pieces of boneless chicken are braised in warm spices, blended tomatoes, and cream. Served with rice, it makes somewhat of a power couple.
Despite being a slow cooker meal, it is easy to make as you just put the chicken in the crockpot and let it do its thing. I love Indian food, and this recipe satisfies my Indian food craving. It also yields a good amount to store for later in the week.
11. Harvest Bowls.
The harvest bowl is loaded with grilled garlic- herb chicken, well-seasoned butternut squash, brown rice, and a kale salad.
The delicious bowl is then topped with honey-Dijon sauce, which compliments the other ingredients. I prefer making this bowl of goodness on cooler nights, and it has become my go-to comfort food. The veggies in the bowl also make it a healthy option.
12. Greek Chicken Power Bowls.
The greek power bowls are perfect for meal prep since they can be made ahead of time. They are packed with farro, chickpeas, feta cheese, savory chicken, rice, and veggies. I love how light this meal is.
The dressing of this bowl is also top tier. It is a slash sauce made from blending cucumbers, greek yogurt, oregano, salt, and pepper. This is one of the easiest recipes to make.
I love making this in plenty because it just gets better and better when stored in the fridge.
13. Chicken Balsamic Rice Bowl.
The chicken balsamic rice bowl is wholesome and flavorful. The dressing of the bowl stands out. It is made with balsamic vinegar, tahini dijon mustard.
It is a quick-fix salad, and the ingredients are easy to get your hands on. I love using straight the pan-fried chicken for this delicious bowl. The balsamic tang of the salad keeps me going back to make this recipe.
It is warm and so full of flavor.
14. Cheesy Primavera Chicken.
This cheesy primavera chicken is my to-go on those busy weekdays. It looks appealing and tastes even better, making it perfect for the kiddos too. This meal is full of veggies, so it is nutritionally on the check.
I use mozzarella cheese for this recipe, but it can be substituted with other cheese of choice. The flavor of the rice soaked up in all the ingredients and chunks of chicken are to die for.
15. Salsa Verde Chicken and rice foil packs.
This is one of the coolest chicken and rice recipes. Just by placing rice, chicken, and veggies in a foil, you have a complete meal. The best size of chicken for this recipe is a 7-ounce piece.
I realized using a four or 5-ounce piece leaves it dry when the rice is ready. I also get a little creative with making tacos by tossing all the ingredients on a taco shell. While making this meal, the foil should be completely sealed off to keep juices from seeping out.
The foil should also be properly greased before putting the ingredients to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan. I love topping this up with pepper jack cheese, and it takes it to another level. It would be best if you tried it too.
16. Creamy chicken and rice soup.
This creamy chicken and rice soup are made with tender chicken breast, rice, and some creamy broth. I’m not the biggest soup fan, but with this one, I’d lick that bowl. The soup is easy to make, and it just takes a few minutes.
While making this recipe, I use already cooked chicken but add it towards the end to avoid overcooking. White rice is best for making this soup as it takes less time to cook. The soup can be served with a side of garlic bread or a salad.
17. Chicken and Rice with Broccoli Pesto.
Pesto is one of my favorite sauces, and it goes perfectly with this dish. This becomes very easy to put together by meal planning beforehand, especially on those busy weeknights. This pesto sauce is made with toasted walnuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese.
This is an easy way to get the kids to eat broccoli and leave them asking for more. This is a very healthy meal and requires minimal effort to put together. The health benefits of walnuts and broccoli are endless.
18. Chicken Burrito Bowls.
The chicken burrito bowl is super nutritious and filling. It is just basically a less expensive but more tasty chipotle. It is perfect for meal prep and quick-fix lunches.
The burrito bowl has flavored chicken, tangy salsa, avocadoes, sweet corn, and rice. This makes the burrito well balanced with carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Squeeze some lemon on your burrito for that extra tang and undeniable flavor.
19. Cajun chicken and rice.
The Cajun chicken and rice is a quick dinner meal and super flavorful. The meal’s main ingredients are chicken, rice, and traditional cajun food. This is one of my favorite cajun recipes.
While boiling, I recommend using broth instead of using water as it adds a turn of flavor to the rice. It is also easy to customize as you can add or skip ingredients as per your taste. The meal is complete on its own and can be served with salads and some lemon wedges.
20. Lemon herb chicken and rice.
I regret not knowing about this recipe earlier because it is one of my favorites, and I make it at least twice a week. It is a one-pot meal, and we all live for these easy one-pot meals. The ingredients are pantry staples.
This recipe makes a lot of food, and the leftovers are just lifesavers. Instead of using lemons, I customize this with cumin, chili powder, and limes. It is just as perfect, if not tastier.