Monday, May 23, 2016

Creamy Chicken and Rice


I've done a lot of recipes over the years, and I've said that many of them are my favorite. But, for real, this Creamy Chicken and Rice recipe really just might be my favorite.
Chicken and rice is one of the most basic, yet satisfying, meals out there. I've made many different versions, but there's something about this creamy recipe that puts it over the top. This dish is packed with flavor and feels much more elegant than a chicken and rice dish.
OK, enough chit chat. Let's get down to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Chicken Ingredients


  • 3 Tbsp lemon pepper 
  • 1 Tbsp paprika 
  • 1 Tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 Pkg chicken thighs (skin on)

Rice Ingredients


  • 4 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 1/2 cup sushi rice 
  • 4 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 Tbsp parsley

PREPARATION

  1. Create a dry rub for the chicken by combining lemon pepper, garlic salt, and paprika in a bowl. Sprinkle the rub over both sides of the chicken and lightly pat.
  2. In an oven-proof pot, warm olive oil on medium heat. Place each chicken thigh in the oil, skin-side down. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then turn up heat to medium high and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then turn the chicken over one more time and cook for another 3-4 minutes. The chicken should be fairly browned, though not fully cooked. It will finish cooking in the oven. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pot and melt over medium-high heat. Saute the garlic in the butter for about a minute. Pour in the rice and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in 1/4 cup chicken broth and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cook for another couple minutes before pouring in the rest of the chicken broth. Add one cup of milk and salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  5. Return the chicken to the pot amid the chicken. Place the lid on the pot and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and continue to cook another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken and place on a baking sheet. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes, browning the skin.
  8. Finish the rice by stirring in 2 tablespoons butter, Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup milk. Stir until well combined. Top with parsley.
  9. Serve the chicken on a bed of rice.
The strong lemon flavor works so well with the creamy nature of the rice. It's a flavor-packed dish that is equally great for a family dinner, or for entertaining guests.

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30 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds so good. I am sure that my entire family would enjoy this meal.

Terri Steffes said...

It sounds and looks like real comfort food! I love lemon in anything, so that really woke me up when I saw the lemon addition!

Karen Morse said...

Yum! I love chicken and rice but havent had it in ages! I should totally try your recipe - it looks really good and easy to prepare! :)
Karen | GlamKaren.com

Sheri said...

I like that lemon is added to this recipe as I am learning the benefits of using lemon on food and even as simple as drinking lemon water. I like that it is simple and easy. Will be trying it.

ana de jesus said...

OOoh I could make a really great Quorn version of this. I love creamy veggie chicken but never tried making my own!

Author TP Keane said...

Wow this looks so yum. I love the fact that it doesn't have a bagillion ingredients too.

Rachel Langer said...

This looks really good! And, even better - easy to make. I bet my famiy would eat it up.

Mary said...

This looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try making this!

Bernadette Callahan said...

I love lemon pepper, is one of my favorite flavors. This looks really simple and good. Going to save because chicken and rice are favorites.

Amanda Love said...

Oh this looks really good! I love anything with chicken and so does the family so I'll be giving this a try. I'm sure we'll love it.

Rebecca Sunshine said...

Yummy delicious and the addition of parmesan sounds interesting. I've made chicken rice before (my mums favorite) but I'm thinking that addition might just kick it up a notch.

krystle cook said...

Looks delicious to me. I've been liking a chicken and rice dish I've been making lately. I need to add some veggies to it though.

Sara said...

This looks so good! I love chicken and rice but I always like to make different variations so this is perfect!

Kayleigh @ Sugar in My Texas Tea said...

Yumm! This looks like something my husband and I would enjoy. I love "cream of" whatever recipes, but not the yucky canned flavored cream. This looks like it has the great taste without the yuck.

Lauren G said...

I love a creamy dish and this sounds delicious. Almost like making risotto but way easier! I may have to try this for dinner soon :)

Dawn McAlexander said...

Chicken and rice sure do make a great meal. You have got me wanting some of it now!

Wow Di said...

I'm not usually fond of overly rich dishes, however I think with some substitutions I could make a vegan version with Gardein chicken.

Heather said...

Yum! This looks awesome! Definitely something that my family would enjoy, and so simple!

Amber Nelson said...

That looks so delicious. I sooo want to make this!

jillconyers said...

Looks like a dish my family would love. And I love that it's easy to make.

Paula said...

I just had dinner, but this sounds so good that I'm hungry just thinking about it. I'm pinning it! Yum!

Leslie Hernandez said...

Yummy!! This looks delicious, I am definitely saving this recipe to recreate this meal on the weekend. I try not to eat to much rice but once in a while it should be OK :-)

Leslie xoxo

Kiwi said...

I used to think i didnt like cream corn but I really do now. I never had creamy rice but now I am interested in the concept.

Anonymous said...

I'm a sucker for simple, feel good recipes. Love this idea and I feel less scared of rice! - Jenn

Hil'Lesha O'Nan said...

I don't eat meat, but this recipe looks delicious in every sense of the word! My family would enjoy it.

Jesenia said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! We eat chicken and rice pretty regularly, but I never tried this version. It looks delicious!

Kid Minds said...

I love recipes for creamy dishes that don't use canned soups. I think this would be a hit with my kids. I will add it to the next week's schedule.

Oh Chic Mom said...

This looks amazing! Do I have to use sushi rice or can I use regular rice. This would be great for my kids!

nicole said...

This looks delicious and I love how you plated your meal. What a great photo.

MeritK said...

Looks Delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us at the #HomeMattersParty

 
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