Chicken and rice and everything nice! You can not have too many chicken and rice recipes in your arsenal. This one bakes up in the oven so no hovering over a skillet!
This has a kicked up lemony rice pilaf that is super delicious. Rather than finish in the skillet, I poured it into a baking dish to avoid having to keep an eye on it. I am not a big ‘stand at the stove’ kinda gal.
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Okay, back to this Baked Chicken Breasts with Lemon Rice Pilaf
A quick sauté of the rice and veggies is what the ‘pilaf’ is all about. The toasted rice kicks up the flavor of this dish with very little work and gives you the opportunity to add lots of veggies!
The trick here is to heat your broth. I just use a microwave safe measuring cup and nuke it for 2 minutes. It helps cook the rice faster so everything is done at the same time! I added a bit of lemon zest as well…that stuff is a flavor booster and then some!
I made and photoed (is photoed a word?), with 3 chicken breasts but the recipe is for 4. I was one breast short of a full load!
I like to serve this with a side of broccoli, but I like everything with broccoli. Peas or green beans would be nice as well.
You can see all my chicken recipes here!
Here’s to Chicken and Rice and everything nice!
Looking for another easy chicken recipe? Try my Easy Oven Roasted Chicken with Potatoes – it is the most popular chicken recipe on Laughing Spatula!
Baked Chicken and Lemon Rice Pilaf
Easy Oven Baked Chicken and Lemon Rice Pilaf! A healthy chicken and Rice dish that comes together in a flash!
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup carrot, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup rice long grain if you have it
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoon dried italian herb blend divided
- 2 lemons 1 zested and juiced. 1 sliced.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In large skillet, melt butter and add olive oil.
Saute, carrots, onion, celery, garlic and uncooked rice until vegetables are soft and rice is slightly brown. About 8-10 minutes.
Add salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon italian seasoning, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Pour rice mixture into 9 x 13 baking dish.
Heat chicken stock for two minutes in microwave and pour over rice mixture.
Nestle chicken breasts on top of rice. Season with salt, pepper and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon italian herbs
Top with sliced lemons.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no liquid remains in the pan
Substitute oregano, thyme or a combination of both for Italian herb blend.
Add uncooked broccoli, peas or asparagus to rice mixture before topping with chicken to veggie this up even more!