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Chicken and Rice

Try this healthy Chicken and Rice for dinner tonight! Super yummy and makes lots of left-overs.
Categories Easy Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword chicken and rice diet recipes, chicken and rice healthy recipe, healthy chicken and rice recipes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 789 kcal
Author A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-8 chicken thighs can use breasts but they dry out more easily
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 cremini mushrooms quartered
  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice can use white rice
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley optional - if not using, just use additional rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth


  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet that also has a lid. Generously coat the chicken with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Cook the chicken until it is well browned on each side. Once browned, remove the chicken and place aside on a plate, reserving the pan drippings.
  2. In the same pan, add the onion and cook until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, rice and barley and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth and stir well to combine. Place the chicken on top of the mixture, including any juices from the plate.
  4. Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook approximately 45-60 minutes or until chicken broth is absorbed and rice and barley is fully cooked, stirring occasionally so as not to allow the rice to stick to the pan.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 789 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 7.9g40%
Cholesterol 152mg51%
Sodium 728.7mg30%
Carbohydrates 88.5g30%
Fiber 0.6g2%
Sugar 4.5g5%
Protein 37.2g74%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.