Last week, I got home late after a long day and was too tired to cook anything extravagant. I had been in the mood for some home cooked comfort food all week. I wanted something that would warm my belly, was not too heavy and would also help me to have a good night’s rest. Since I was so tired, it also had to be easy to make. I also DEFINITELY did not want to have to do a lot of dishes.
With that in mind, I decided to make one of my favorites: My One-Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice. What I love about this dish is that it is pretty hands-off. Other than the initial task of searing the chicken, it is the oven that pretty much does most of the work. This was great for me since I could set my oven timer and kick back with my dog while watching a TV show.
Growing up, chicken and rice was my favorite dinner meal. Now, as an adult, I love the added tang, zest and culmination of seasonings that turn a basic chicken and rice dish into something even more delicious.
There is lemon juice in this but, if you are a lemon lover, you are more than welcome to add lemon zest. This would give the dish a much stronger lemon flavoring. This night, I definitely did not want anything too overpowering. My wish was just for every ingredient to work together in perfect harmony and I am pleased to say it did!
The most important part of this recipe is to season your chicken really well, since this is how this dish builds its flavor. The rice gets to swim in all of the seasoned chicken juices and each grain of rice gets a thin coating of flavor as soon as it is added to the pot.
Now, let us get more into the flavors in this rice. I prefer to use brown rice for this dish because I like how it stays a little firmer when it cooks and the texture works really well once plated with the chicken. This rice alone will have you wanting a whole bowl of it. When I take a bite from my fork, I can seriously taste everything from the garlic powder straight to the chicken broth. You could also omit the chicken breast and chicken broth and use vegetable broth instead, if you want the dish to be vegetarian or have someone in your life who is vegetarian. I am sure they would love this dish made in a way to accommodate their needs!
Speaking of accommodations, if you prefer dark meat to white meat, then do what your heart desires. Skin on chicken thighs would be extremely tasty with this dish!
Lastly, it really is hard to go wrong with this one. Just make sure your chicken is cooked thoroughly and I am sure your belly will be as happy as mine was when I finished my first…(ok, second!) plate after such a long work day. With that, enjoy your plate(s)!